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Contents

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FEATURES 28

Ge t ting to the he art of the mat ter

When it comes to cardiac care, Saint Barnabas Medical Center offers everything a patient needs.

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Keeping watch

When implanted in the heart, the Watchman can treat atrial fibrillation, reducing the risk of stroke.

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Physicians’ gif t propels project A $2 million donation will be used toward the completion of the Cooperman Family Pavilion at Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

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Travel with care

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What makes a top hospital? Saint Barnabas Medical Center earns a prestigious honor for a third straight year.

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Fresh ide as to restart 2017

Follow these 52 tips to get back on track for a memorable year.

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Lodge Living

A rustic retreat inspires the great room décor in a spacious Mendham Township home.

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e asy pickin’

Produce Pete loves his weekly TV segment, but it’s his sweetheart that’s always on the top of his list.

Saint Barnabas Medical Center reaches out to the community both near and far.

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Ne w Hope in bat tle against Aneurysms

Technology updates improve detection and treatment of the condition in the aorta.

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26 DEPARTMENTS 16

LOCAL BUZZ

Our guide to new ideas, tips, trends and things we love in Morris and Essex counties.

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talk of the town

George Washington checked out Morristown, and we cannot tell a lie: You should too.

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From subtle to intense, these colognes share certain qualities: Each is complex, elegant and distinctive.

Move over quinoa—freekeh is quietly staging a takeover.

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POWER FOOD

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tastes

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Get a head start on healthy living with activity trackers that are more chic than geek.

What’s more comforting than a piping-hot bowl of soup? Knowing that it’s fewer than 250 calories per serving.

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health newS

Recent reports and statistics, including the benefits of friends, smiling and shivering.

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style watch

Turn heads on the slopes in one of the season’s colorful toppers.

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home front

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restaurant review

Discover palate-pleasing flavors at Ariane Kitchen & Bar in Verona.

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GATHERINGS

Photos from recent events in and around the counties.

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Coffee table accent. Trinkets display. Cocktail-hour helper. These eight trays have a handle on style.

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Welcome letter

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PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER rwjBARNABAS HEALTH BARRY H. OSTROWSKY

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Speaking from the heart

Like clockwork, Matters of the heart emerge during this time each year. The universal symbol of love is front and center on Valentine’s Day, when many of us express feelings of devotion and romance toward our significant others. But most important, February is a time for the entire community (not just those in the healthcare industry) to share news and strategies to promote cardiovascular health. At Saint Barnabas Medical Center, we are dedicated to fulfilling the mission of Heart Health month all year long. Beginning on page 28 is a comprehensive list of the cardiac services available at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, including emergency care, diagnostics, clinical trials and surgery. As technology advances, so do we. Our cardiac surgeons use cuttingedge and state-of-the-art equipment and treatments, such as the transcatheter aortic valve replacement for heart valve repair and the Watchman to help those with atrial fibrillation. Read more about the Watchman on page 30. New technology has also led to improved treatment of aortic aneurysms, a condition that claims the lives of about 13,000 Americans each year. Vascular surgeons can detect and repair these aneurysms earlier than ever thanks to advanced imaging and the new hybrid operating room at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. To find out more, turn to page 34. On page 31, we spotlight a group of physicians and American Anesthesiology of New Jersey, who donated $2 million toward the completion of Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s new Cooperman Family Pavilion. (The grand opening will be this fall.) The gift demonstrates the donors’ generosity and “heart”. Also in this issue of Morris/Essex Health & Life is an article explaining Saint Barnabas’ most recent accolade—a Top Teaching Hospital designation from the prestigious Leapfrog Group (page 36). We hope you enjoy these and the other articles in this edition, and we wish you a healthy year. Best regards,

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Saint Barnabas Medical Center Among the Best in the US Top 3 percent nationally for patient safety and quality.

One of only 29 teaching hospitals in the country to receive the Top Hospital Award.

Continuing a tradition of delivering healthcare excellence, Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) was recently named one of the top 29 teaching hospitals in the country by The Leapfrog Group. SBMC also continues to make the grade when it comes to patient safety, earning a record 10th consecutive “A� rating from The Leapfrog Group for fall 2016. Congratulations to the entire SBMC family and the physicians in the community on these remarkable achievements.

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Never miss another flick

All downhill from here

Thought a trip to your local movie house was an experience? Think again. Whether you’re a cinema junkie or just into a casual trip for a flick, make sure a stop in Parsippany is in your future. The reason: The town’s theater at the Morris Hills Shopping Center is undergoing a major transformation into a Cinépolis Luxury Cinema—just the sixth in the U.S. When complete in about a year, visitors will get an upscale movie-going experience with reclining leather seats, cuttingedge sound and projector technology, and sophisticated decor. If you’re tired of popcorn and slushies, Cinépolis will have gourmet food selections and a curated selection of beer, wine and cocktails. And you can count on a stealth-like wait staff to take your orders and deliver the goodies to your seat without interrupting the screening. Now that’s an experience! “I’ve traveled to other counties for this type of movie experience,” says Jeannie Coady, 42, of Denville. “I’m so happy one’s coming close to home.” Visit cinepolisusa.com for more information.

If you’re a snow lover, you don’t care what Punxsutawney Phil predicts—you want more snow! That’s especially true for sleigh riders and snow tubers, who during this time of year can’t get enough of the fluffy white stuff. After the next snowfall, be sure to check out some of the following neighborhood sledding hot spots and fall in love with the winter. Lewis Morris Park—This county park in Morristown is a hot spot following every major snowfall. “There’s nothing more invigorating than sledding down the Doe Meadow hill,” says Reynold Fauci, director of recreation for the Morris County Park Commission. “You have to be looking for excitement to attempt it from the top!”

Tourne County Park—The Boonton section of the park is a long-time destination for sledders in Morris County. On snowy days, a portion of the park road is closed off to vehicles and designated for sleigh riding only. Flood’s Hill—Next to the Baird Community Center in South Orange, this locale is one of the most popular sleigh riding stops in North Jersey. It’s suitable for families but the hill can be intimidating so keep an eye on the young ones.

Color Glen Ridge Once solely found in the domain of youngsters, coloring books, colored pencils and crayons have been elevated from child’s play to grown-up fun. The burgeoning adult coloring craze has hit towns in Morris and Essex counties—clubs and groups meet regularly at libraries and centers. The Friends of the Glen Ridge Library has jumped on the trend, creating Color Glen Ridge, an adult

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coloring book featuring residents’ photos-turneddrawings. The pages contain dozens of images from the community, including homes, parks, schools, churches and other familiar locations. Copies are $10 each, with proceeds from each sale supporting the Friends of the Glen Ridge Library. Books are available at the Glen Ridge Public Library or at glenridgelibrary.org/friends.

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Know your presidents

Looking forward to a day off from school or work on Feb. 20? We welcome Presidents’ Day every year, but don’t forget to celebrate our past commanders in chief for their service. Test your knowledge of some U.S. presidents who visited and made their marks in Morris and Essex counties.

Stephen Grover Cleveland, the country’s 22nd and 24th president, was born in Caldwell in 1837.

Newark hosted Abraham Lincoln twice—first in 1861 when he, as President-elect, stopped there on his way to Washington for his inauguration. In 1865, thousands were in tears when Lincoln’s remains were brought to the city days after the president was assassinated. His body was en route to Illinois for burial. George H. W. Bush made several stops in Newark, including a 1992 appearance at Lincoln Technical Institute where he met and spoke with students.

Montclair has been a destination for several presidents-turnedauthors and those on the campaign trail. Bill Clinton stopped by in 2007 to promote his book and support his wife during her first run for POTUS.

Culinary corner

ence. Satis Bistro, which has blossomed for years in Jersey City, expanded this winter, bringing its melting pot of Mediterranean flavors to diners in the Essex County town. The expansive menu has many highlights—from its house-made charcuterie to the bacon-wrapped date appetizer to entrees like butternut squash wellington— from which to choose. Can’t decide? They also offer a thoughtful three-course prix fixe three days a week. Satis Bistro, 289 Glenwood Ave., Bloomfield, 973.743.1097; bloomfield.satisbistro.com

Burger masters If you’re craving a burger, you want more than a tiny, clamshell-pressed patty of meat. Treat your taste buds to a mouth-watering bite at Diesel and Duke, where the food is handmade, cooked to order and always fresh—never frozen. The new hangout recently opened in Montclair, joining its sister location already established in New Brunswick. What else sets this cozy joint apart from the rest? The menu says it all: In addition to the burgers, you can order from a variety of fries, poutine and fried Oreos. Diesel and Duke, 39 Glenridge Ave., Montclair, 973.744.0055; dieselandduke.com

Shacked up Jack Tabibian’s lobster shack in Edgewater has been so successful that he unveiled a bigger restaurant, Jack’s Seafood Shack, in Montclair last month. The Bergen County location grew in popularity because of its delectable by-the-shore offerings: crab cake, truffle lobster mac and cheese, fried oysters and clam strips. “I love that they offer both Maine and Connecticut style lobster rolls,” says Christina Samson, 41, of Bloomfield. “Places usually make it just one way so Jack’s is a welcome change.” Jack’s Seafood Shack, 720 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair

Satis-fy your hunger A trip to Bloomfield is all that’s required for an authentic European dining experi-

An ‘A’ for recycling efforts

Rockaway Township received a $77,000 grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection to continue its recycling efforts, which have been cited as some of the most successful in New Jersey. While the state average recycling rate sits around 41 percent, Rockaway’s hit 59.5 percent in 2014. Percentages are calculated by comparing total recycling tonnage with the weight of solid waste. “The more we work toward this goal, the better off we will be in the future both ecologically and economically,” Mayor Michael Dachisen said.

Show me the money We already know North Jersey residents are a hardworking, talented lot, but up-to-date U.S. Census info proves that some of the wealthiest families in the state actually live in Morris and Essex counties. Seven of the top 20 towns with the highest median income are located right here. Here’s the area’s current Magnificent Seven (not all towns have reported complete data), with state ranking in parenthesis.

(1) North Caldwell, $200,152 (2) Millburn, $184,783 (3) Essex Fells, $172,386 (13) Chester, $154,094 (14) Chatham, $151,216 (19) Livingston, $143,203 (20) Chatham Borough, $142,765

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Ranging from subtle to intense, these men’s colognes share certain qualities: Each is complex, elegant and distinctive. Extreme by Tom Ford Intense and massively sensual, Tom Ford Extreme has top notes that include Thai basil and Persian lemon; a heart of saffron, thyme, black plum, black fig and other fruits and spices; and base notes featuring vetiver, black truffle, balsam, leather and Shoyeido incense. Brooding and unique. Space.NK.apothecar y, Short Hills, 973.548.2419

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Allure Homme Sport by Chanel Blending the citrusy freshness of Italian mandarin, the richness of cedar and the sensual quality of Venezuelan tonka bean with white musk, Allure Homme Sport is a heady, racier version of Chanel’s original, gentlemanly Allure. Sephora, Short Hills, 973.258.1919

Colonia Club by Acqua di Parma Acqua di Parma launched its core fragrance, Colonia, a centur y ago this year. Colonia Club updates the classic, light citrus scent with the addition of fresh mint and neroli, an oil sourced from bitter orange blossom, to the core, as well as amber, which adds warmth to the base. Blue Mercur y, Montclair, 973.744.0002

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Smile! Nearly two-thirds of people report being attracted to someone because of his or her smile alone. —Oral Health Foundation

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The number of minutes of shivering outdoors in the cold air it takes— compared with an hour of moderate exercise—to raise levels of the hormone irisin. Irisin is responsible for turning white fat cells into brown fat cells—the kind that burn fat. Researchers posit that shivering, like exercising, causes muscles to contract, triggering the release of the calorie-burning hormone.

Friends as good as diet and exercise

It turns out that having connections is good for your health. A study of more than 14,000 subjects found that the depth and breadth of your friendships could have a similar effect on blood pressure as diet and exercise.

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Your feelings, that is. Women who held in their emotions during marital conflicts were four times more likely to die over a 10-year period than women who let it rip.

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Folks 65 and older who didn’t help out family, friends and neighbors had a 30 percent higher chance of dying after a stressful life event than those who were generous with their time. —American Journal of Public Health

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The percentage of American women who believe cardiovascular disease is their greatest health threat—despite stats that show no other disease claims as many women’s lives as heart disease. —American Heart Association

The incidence of gout, a painful inflammatory joint condition, is on the rise among men. The number of adult males in the U.S. being hospitalized for the condition has more than doubled since the 1990s. However, experts say nearly 90 percent of cases can be prevented by lowering uric acid levels and making lifestyle changes.

Sweat-session believers not only enjoy their workouts more, they enjoy reduced anxiety and better moods. —Journal of Behavioral Medicine

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The median home value in Morristown is $404,800, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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General Washington checked out the county seat of Morris, and we cannot tell a lie: You should too.

Want a place to explore that’s both lively and historic? Don’t forget to look right under your nose—in Morristown. The county seat of Morris County, this burg we take for granted isn’t just a great place to live near. It’s a great place to spend time in too—for shoppers, diners, museum-goers and nightlife seekers. Morristown’s roughly 18,500 in-town residents have direct access to Hoboken and New York Penn Station on New Jersey Transit from the Morris Avenue train station, and proximity to routes 287, 10 and 24 makes traveling by car a cinch. Businesspeople and pleasure-trippers alike have their choice of upscale lodging, including the Hyatt Regency and the Westin Governor Morris hotels. The Green, a two-and-a-half-acre historical park that serves as the town’s center, is a popular location for many community events, such as the annual Festival on the Green, which brings together businesses, organizations and residents each fall. The area around the Green has the look and feel of a city, with independent shops as well as the Century 21 department store, fine dining, casual restaurants,

bars and condominiums. But walk a few blocks into the adjoining residential neighborhoods, and you’ll find all the small-town feel you could wish for. The Green is where George Washington made the first of his two Morristown encampments during the Revolutionary War. From January to May 1777, he maintained his headquarters at Arnold’s Tavern. The general’s second encampment, in the winter of 1779–1780, was in Jockey Hollow, where he stayed at the Ford Mansion. The mansion, Washington’s Headquarters Museum, the Jockey Hollow Visitor Center, the Jockey Hollow Encampment Area and Fort Nonsense are all part of the Morristown National Historical Park. History buffs can also take in many other town attractions, including the Morris County Historical Society’s Acorn Hall, Historic Speedwell Village, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, and MacCulloch Hall Historical Museum. The imposing Greco-Roman Morris County Courthouse, built in 1827, was actually the third courthouse building to serve the county.

Locals Love

n Watching performances

at the Mayo Performing Arts Center n Public ice-skating sessions and lessons at Mennen Arena n The Morris Museum’s exhibitions and programs n Admiring the plants, trees and shrubs at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum n Lewis Morris Park’s trails, sports fields and picnic areas

Fast facts

n Caricaturist and editorial cartoonist Thomas Nast—credited with creating the popular image of Santa Claus, the Democratic donkey and the Republican elephant—lived in Morristown for more than 20 years. n The Green housed the Morris County Courthouse and jail for nearly 75 years until 1827. Tories and Hessian soldiers were imprisoned there during the Revolution. n Morristown has been named one of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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dining

Morristown is not short on places to dine, ranging from pricey restaurants to casual bars and eateries. For an elegant sit-down dinner, look to Rod’s Steak & Seafood Grille, Roots Steakhouse, Portofino’s Restaurant, Blue Morel Restaurant and Wine Bar, The Grand Cafe, Chef Fredy’s Table, J&K Steakhouse and Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen. In search of a more casual meal or a cold pint? Hot spots include The Famished Frog, The Office Tavern & Grill, Grasshopper off the Green and Iron Bar.

Median Household income

Approximately $77,407, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest statistics.

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Getting to...

The heart of the matter

When it comes to cardiovascular care, we offer everthing— from new medicine to new treatments—a patient needs. Heart disease is still the number one killer in America—that hasn’t changed. But just about everything else involving the heart and cardiac care has in the past decade. “Ten years is ancient history in cardiac care,” says Gary Rogal, M.D., chief of Cardiology at RWJBarnabas Health and at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. “We are seeing a big shift in how we deal with cardiac disease. There is a lot of movement to outpatient care, new medicines and treatments are being discovered that really work, and the bottom line is dramatic: mortality from heart disease is dropping significantly.” Barnabas Health Heart Centers provide every option for cardiac patients of all ages, he says. “Even if it’s not in the four walls of the medical center, we integrate with our sister institutions, like Newark Beth Israel Hospital, to offer everything from basic cardiology to full heart transplants.” Indeed, as a tertiary care center, Saint Barnabas receives patients from other area hospitals who need specialized diagnostic or therapeutic procedures that those hospitals don’t offer. The comprehensive list of services includes: Emergency care. When the medical center receives patients showing symptoms of heart attack, specialists on call rush to diagnose and open blocked

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arteries within an hour (and no later than 90 minutes) to restore blood flow as quickly as possible. “The team effort among EMS responders, the ER staff and the cardiac catheterization lab to make that all happen is very successful,” says Sabino Torre, M.D., an interventional cardiologist. “We have all the latest devices, including stents and tools to open blocked arteries, all available in the lab.” Cardiac imaging and diagnostic testing. The cardiac catheterization lab uses the the most advanced noninvasive cardiac and coronary computed tomographic (CT) angiography with a CT scanner, comprehensive cardiac ultrasound echocardiography and the most advanced MRI scanner to provide sophisticated images of the heart. “Soon we’ll have a 256-slice CT scanner to image coronary arteries and valves even better,” Dr. Rogal says. These imaging systems help Barnabas Health Heart Centers perform more diagnostic imaging and treatment, such as angioplasty procedures, than any other program in New Jersey. Heart failure treatment and heart transplantation. RWJBarnabas Health’s heart transplant program is the third largest in the nation with survival rates that consistently meet or exceed national

benchmarks. “The program performs about 300 cases of open-heart surgery a year,” notes Frederic Sardari, M.D., vice chair of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Department. “But in the past five years or so, more procedures are performed minimally invasively.” Surgeons now work on a still-beating heart in many cases, avoiding the highrisk heart-lung machine. The most common is coronary artery bypass graft surgery. “Beating heart surgery is more complicated, but it works very well,” Dr. Sardari says. Mechanical ventricular assist devices (VAD). For patients waiting on the transplant list, surgeons now offer implantable VADs as a bridge to transplant. These devices give patients a better quality of life until transplantation becomes available. Structural surgery. Advances in heart valve repair and replacement have been dramatic in recent years. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) can be done without open heart surgery, a blessing for the older patients who suffer aortic valve disease most often, says Dr. Torre. A similar procedure for mitral valve repair, called the MitraClip, will be offered beginning this year, he says. To treat atrial fibrillation, a new device called the Watchman helps prevent blood

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“We are seeing a big shift in how we deal with cardiac disease...mortality from heart disease is dropping significantly.” —Gary Rogal, M.D.

clots from leaving the heart and potentially causing a stroke. (See page 30.) Clinical trials. The Barnabas Health Heart Centers participate in more clinical research trials than any other cardiac program in New Jersey. This cutting-edge research helps patients gain access to promising new treatments and technology. Integrative Cardiac Wellness Center. The center is led by two Certified

Advanced Practice Holistic Nurses who are specially trained to care for cardiac patients using complementary medicine and therapies. They teach patients how to heal their integrated “whole” selves, in mind, body and spirit. Cardiac rehabilitation. After treatment, cardiac rehab is critical in restoring full heart health. Professionally supervised programs teach exercises and nutrition, and provide education and counseling

that can increase physical fitness, reduce cardiac symptoms, improve health and reduce the risk of future heart problems. The entire heart health program uses the latest evidence-based care protocols, says Dr. Rogal. “It is all structured around the evidence accumulated with each patient. We monitor all outcomes so they are where we want them to be and give them the right medicines, the right tests, all the things they need to do to maintain their health.” —david levine

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When implanted in the heart, a tiny device—the Watchman—can treat atrial fibrillation, reducing the risk of stroke.

Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is a cardiovascular disease that causes abnormal heart rhythm. AFib is caused by a combination of factors, but principally its development is attributed to overactive electrical signals from the top chambers of the heart. These signals are disorganized, causing the atria to “fibrillate” or “flutter.” A small percentage of AFib is caused by heart valve problems. The most dangerous consequence of atrial fibrillation is stroke—the average person with AFib is about five times more likely to suffer a stroke than someone with a regular heartbeat with a risk ranging from 2 to 20 percent a year. Most people with AFib are treated with a blood thinning medication such as warfarin (brand name Coumadin) to reduce the risk of forming blood clots in the heart that cause a stroke. For some, though, these medications cannot be taken long-term. Until recently, there was no FDA-approved alternative to blood thinners. Now there is: a tiny device implanted into the heart itself to block off the area where most of these clots form. It’s called the Watchman. The team of David Dobesh, M.D., cardiac electrophysiologist; Constantinos Costeas, M.D., director of Cardiac Electrophysiology at Saint Barnabas Medical Center; and Susan Simandl, M.D., director of the Saint Barnabas Medical Center Echocardiography Laboratory, implanted the first four of them at the medical center in January. “There is long-term data showing that the Watchman is equivalent to or superior to using Coumadin,” Dr. Dobesh says. “It reduces the risk of stroke without the increasing risk of internal bleeding from blood thinners. It’s a game changer in how we treat this disease.” The reason AFib can lead to stroke is because it decreases the heart’s pumping capacity in the top chambers, the atria. When blood isn’t pumped out efficiently, blood cells can pool in a part of the heart’s top left chamber called the left atrial appendage (LAA), where it forms clots that can travel to the rest of the body, including the brain. More than 90 percent of the clots that cause a stroke in patients with this type of AFib come from the LAA. “The main preventive therapy is blood thinners, but for many patients these are not suitable,” Dr. Dobesh says. They can cause bleeding in the gastrointestinal or urinary tracts, or lead to excessive surface bleeding and bruising, especially in the elderly, who make up a substantial portion of those with AFib. Those with other health conditions that

raise the risk of bleeding, such as kidney or liver disease, or blood disorders, are also poor candidates for blood thinners. “Millions of people in the United States have AFib, so a large number of people are at risk,” he says. For them, the Watchman may be the answer. The device is less than the size of a quarter. It is composed of a self-expanding, nickel-titanium frame, with a polyester fabric cover. To implant it, the surgeon makes a small cut in the upper leg and inserts a catheter, similar in many ways to procedures to implant a cardiac stent. In this case, the doctor guides the Watchman into the LAA. It expands to block off the LAA, and the heart grows its own new tissue over the device over the next 45 days to create a permanent seal, preventing blood from pooling and forming clots there. The LAA has no known role in normal heart function; it is a vestigial appendage, much like the appendix. “In fact in the original Grey’s Anatomy text it is called the left atrial appendix,” Dr. Dobesh says. “It plays a role in fetal heart development, but you don’t need it after birth.” The procedure is done under general anesthesia and takes about an hour. Patients commonly stay in the hospital overnight and leave the next day. “The recovery is very quick, and most patients will be back to normal that week,” Dr. Dobesh says. Patients are required to remain on blood thinners for 45 days, until the Watchman has permanently sealed the LAA. An echocardiogram will be performed to make sure the device is working properly. The device is permanent, and never needs to be replaced. Patients will need to take a different medicine called clopidogrel (known by the brand name Plavix) and aspirin for six months. After six months they are encouraged to continue aspirin on an ongoing basis. A very small number of patients may be encouraged to keep taking blood thinners long term, Dr. Dobesh says, but more than 90 percent of patients can stop taking the drug. What’s more, those patients will no longer need regular blood tests or to restrict their eating and drinking habits, as is required when on some blood thinners. More than 20,000 Watchman procedures have been performed worldwide since 2005, with more than 10 years of clinical trials and registry data proving its safety and efficacy. It’s the only device of its kind approved by the FDA for reducing stroke risk in people with AFib not caused by heart valve problems. —d.l.

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the state-of-the-art Cooperman Family Pavilion will house a new NICU, nursing units and other outpatient testing areas. saint Barnabas medical center has embarked on the most ambitious construction project in two decades. The 270,000-square-foot, five-story Cooperman Family Pavilion, set to open in fall 2017, is the cornerstone of the campus transformation. A group of physicians who will be working in the space are playing a big role in funding the project. American Anesthesiology of New Jersey (AANJ), an affiliate of MEDNAX, has pledged a total of $2 million (over five years) to help with the construction of the space and the improvement of electronic health records technology. The physicians of AANJ are personally donating half the sum, and AANJ will provide the other half. “We are grateful to have the physicians of AANJ, along with all the anesthesiologists at the medical center, behind this both personally and professionally,” says Mehrdad Rafizadeh, M.D., MEDNAX corporate medical director, chairman of Anesthesiology at Saint Barnabas Medical Center and president of the Medical Staff. “This is our future, and it will impact us for the next 20 to 25 years.” The result will be a state-of-the-art facility. The Cooperman Family Pavilion will be home to a world-class Neonatal Intensive

Care Unit (NICU), new nursing units and a host of state-of-the-art, expansive outpatient testing areas. There is also the light-filled, two-story Eric F. and Lore Ross Lobby and a new parking garage, which has already been completed. Through collaboration with Saint Barnabas caregivers, this project is drawing on the latest ideas in evidence-based hospital design. The pavilion will be created with natural materials, soothing colors and abundant natural light, and it will provide the most advanced medical technology as well as spaces to promote privacy and healing. Such evidence-based design reflects new thinking about how to create hospital environments that improve care, including from curb-free showers to prevent falls, acoustical materials to lessen noise and hybrid operating suites that let surgeons switch easily from minimally invasive procedures to so-called open procedures. Dr. Rafizadeh hopes that other health care providers follow AANJ’s lead. “We want this project to be an example to other physicians on our medical staff that they can do the same thing,” he says. “This gift is one way to continue our commitment to our hospital partner and demonstrate that we want to be here for a long time.” —d.l.

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Travel with care Saint Barnabas Medical Center reaches out to the community both near and far.

Giving back to the community locally, nationally and internationally has been a focus of Saint Barnabas Medical Center physicians, nurses and staff since the inception of the hospital back in 1865. In 2015 alone, Saint Barnabas Medical Center provided in excess of $1 million of community benefit reaching over 32,000 community members. “Whether it was providing free melanoma or lung cancer screenings, offering health lectures throughout the region or participating in mission work, we are passionate about keeping our communities healthy while providing exceptional care to our patients and their families,” says Stephen P. Zieniewicz, FACHE, President and CEO, Saint Barnabas Medical Center.  This past year, a team of Saint Barnabas Medical Center physicians and staff volunteered their time to provide specialized services to a medically underserved area in the mountains of Appalachia.  In the town of Wise, Va., many individuals fall into the cracks of health insurance—too poor to afford their own coverage but too well off to qualify for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. Margie Heller, Administrative Director of Community Outreach, learned about this underserved group after watching a 60 Minutes program about Health Wagon, an organization that provides free medical care to the medically underserved in Appalachia. Heller wanted to help and reached out to Ernani Sadural, M.D., obstetrician/gynecologist and Director of Global Health for RWJBarnabas

Robert Schuman, M.D., gastroenterologist; Margie Heller, administrative director, and Lauren Norcross, outreach coordinator, Community Health and Outreach for Saint Barnabas; Ernani Sadural, M.D., director, Global Health, RWJBarnabas Health; and Rick Pietera, M.D., anesthesiologist.

Health. Together, they partnered with Health Wagon who has been providing care to the community for decades. “We asked them to identify five needs not being met for their patients,” Heller says. As a result, two missions were planned to address the community needs.  The first three-day trip included John Russo, M.D., an internal medicine specialist along with Dr. Sadural to treat patients with diabetes as well as women’s health issues. A second three-day trip in October sent gastrointestinal and anesthesiology specialists, who saw 42 patients and performed 67 procedures. “Robert Schuman, M.D., treated several

patients with precancerous lesions,” Dr. Sadural says. The procedures removed those lesions and likely saved them from developing cancer. Along with providing care, the team is learning more about the community’s health needs to form a lasting partnership, Dr. Sadural says. “Our physicians were so happy to be there, to help on their time, and to see how much they got out of it was really special,” Heller says. Dr. Sadural adds, “We came in to help, like a neighbor would. We want to make this a reflection of who we are at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, to always remember to help for no other reason than that.” —d.l.

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Innovative valve replacement surgery. Because you can’t be replaced. As New Jersey’s most extensive heart care network, RWJBarnabas Health performs more Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacements (TAVR) than any hospital or health care system in the state—and our outcomes far exceed national benchmarks in safety, life expectancy, and risks of complications, too. Available at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Saint Barnabas Medical Center, patients usually go home only a few days after the procedure. For more information and to make an appointment with one of New Jersey’s top cardiologists, visit rwjbh.org/tavr.

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New hope

in battle against aneurysms Technology updates improve detection and treatment of the condition in the aorta.

About 13,000 Americans die each year from a condition they usually don’t know they have—an aortic aneurysm. An aneurysm is a bulge or “balloon” in the wall of an artery, the blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart to other parts of the body. Arterial walls can withstand normal blood pressure, but certain medical problems, genetic conditions and trauma—especially from smoking—can damage or injure artery walls. The force of blood pushing against the weakened or injured walls can cause an aneurysm. If an aneurysm grows large, it can rupture or dissect. A ruptured aorta, the main artery that runs from the heart through the chest and abdomen, causes massive bleeding inside the body, which is why it is usually fatal. A dissection is a split in one or more layers of the artery wall, which causes bleeding into and along the layers of the artery wall. It too can be fatal. “Einstein had a ruptured aneurysm,” says Steven Hertz, M.D., vascular surgeon and chief of the section of vascular surgery at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. “Lucille

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Ball had one. George C. Scott died from one.” An aneurysm that occurs in the chest portion of the aorta is called a thoracic aortic aneurysm. More commonly, an aneurysm that forms in the abdominal portion is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Both can develop and become large before causing any symptoms. Often aneurysms are found by chance during tests done for other reasons. The good news is that doctors can stop aneurysms from bursting if they find and treat them early. Better news is that vascular surgeons now can offer treatment to a larger group of patients, says Dr. Hertz. “The two things have allowed that,” he says, “are improved imaging and the new hybrid operating room at Saint Barnabas Medical Center.” When he started in the field, back in 1993, the only option for aortic aneurysm repair was open surgery. “It was a very big operation,” he says. Today, the trend is to repair the damaged artery from the inside of the vessel itself. That’s a minimally invasive procedure, and often works well. But on occasion, the

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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Screening Recommendations The National Institutes of Health report that early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent rupture and dissection of aortic aneurysms. However, aneurysms can develop and grow large before causing any symptoms. Thus, people who are at high risk for aneurysms can benefit from early, routine screening. n Men ages 65 to 75 years who have ever smoked: The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends one-time screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) with ultrasonography in men ages 65 to 75 years. n Men ages 65 to 75 years who have never smoked: The USPSTF recommends that clinicians selectively offer screening for AAA in men ages 65 to 75 years who have never smoked rather than routinely screening all men in this group. n Women ages 65 to 75 years who have ever smoked. The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for AAA in women ages 65 to 75 years who have ever smoked. n Women who have never smoked: The USPSTF recommends against routine screening for AAA in women who have never smoked. Source: The United States Preventive Services Task Force

surgeon needs to switch to an open operation, and usually very quickly. That’s where the hybrid operating room come in. This special room has the surgical equipment, operating tables and other technology to allow surgeons to perform both types of surgery, without having to move the patient when time is of the essence. Saint Barnabas’ hybrid OR opened in April 2016, and Dr. Hertz was the first to use it to repair aortic aneurysms. To repair an aortic aneurysm, the surgeon places a graft inside the artery with a catheter to support the damaged arterial walls. Doing this in open surgery would require time in the intensive care unit and six to eight weeks of recovery. Minimally invasively: “One night in the hospital, and you leave with two Band-Aids in the groin,” he says. This allows older and sicker patients to partake of the surgery.

“The goal is to have none become emergencies,” he says. “Our focus is to identify aneurysms when they are small and fix them electively. The mortality during elective surgery is less than half of one percent.” Because of these changes, aortic aneurysm is “on people’s radar now more than it used to be,” he says. And screening, thanks to better imaging, is now covered by Medicare and many other insurance plans. “Physicians want to offer the best technology, and that takes the commitment of the community and the hospital to find the space and funding for a program like this,” Dr. Hertz says. “This is forward looking. It allows us to do things we couldn’t do before, which translates to the ability to help patients more, which is really what we are here for.” —d.l.

to find out more about vascular services or for a physician referral, please call 888.724.7123 OR Visit barnabashealth.org/sbmc. To share this article with a friend or to recommend it on your Facebook page, visit msxhealthandlife.com.

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What makes a top hospital? An award from a prestigious healthcare organization, that’s what—and Saint Barnabas Medical Center has earned it for the third year. How do you know if a hospital is performing at a high level? The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization, is been dedicated to finding that out. Through surveys and performance reviews, it checks on hospitals all over the country to see if they are making the grade in providing safe, effective and cost-efficient care to their patients. One of the most prestigious distinctions that it bestows is the Top Hospital designation for the given year. In 2016, Saint Barnabas Medical Center earned that honor the third consecutive year. “This recognition showcases Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s commitment to patient safety and quality,” says Stephen P. Zieniewicz, FACHE, president and CEO, Saint Barnabas Medical Center. “Safety is our top priority, and this important honor proves that the continuous focus of the medical center’s physicians, nursing staff and all of our employees on providing the safest, highest quality care to our patients and their families is paying off.” Saint Barnabas Medical Center received a Top Teaching Hospital distinction— one of four different categories of hospitals—and was one of 29 Top Teaching Hospitals recognized across the country. The selection of Top Hospitals is based on the results of the 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The Leapfrog Group investigates many areas of hospital care, such as infection rates, maternity care and prevention of medication errors. Less than 3 percent of hospitals nationwide make the Top Hospital list, according to Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Providing this level of care to patients in Livingston and the surrounding communities requires motivation and drive from every team member,” she says. Zieniewicz says Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s focus is always safety first. “Our patients and their families are what matters most,” he says. “Everyone who works here wants to provide them a safe journey while in our care.” —d.l.

What is the Leapfrog Group? The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improve the quality and safety of American health care. It was founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers of health care. Its flagship survey, the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, collects and reports hospital performance, which helps purchasers to find the highestvalue care and gives consumers pertinent information to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. Earlier this year, Saint Barnabas Medical Center earned an “A” for the 10th consecutive year. It is one of 72 hospitals nationally to have earned 10 straight “A” grades.

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fresh ideas to restart the year Have your Resolutions already been derailed? No worries—Follow these suggestions and get back on track for a memorable 2017. By Marisa Sandora boredom might have doomed your New Year’s resolution, but it’s never too late to reset and embrace variety! Stop weighing yourself daily—instead sample a whole raft of selfimprovement ideas and see which ones click. On the following pages are 52 tips for feeling your best and enjoying life. Work your way down the list—or jump around and surprise yourself!

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Take a trip

A change of scenery works wonders. In a priceline.com survey, more than half of the respondents said travel beats other activities (like shopping) as a mood-brightener. Romantic getaways worked best of all. (A lengthy journey isn’t necessary—four out of five people favored multiple short trips over one big one.)

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Try a new food We all get in food ruts, thinking we only like certain things and sticking with them. So make an effort to try one new healthy food each week. Variety is important to our diet. To ensure you’re taking in all the nutritients you need each day, try focusing on a different fruit or veggie each week. Filling up on low-calorie and nutrient-dense foods can help you crowd out the not-sogood foods.

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Give back Heard of the “helper’s high”? It’s the great feeling you get when you give. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health looked at the functional MRIs of subjects who gave to charities and found that giving stimulates the reward center in the brain, releasing feel-good endorphins. (To get started locally, Google the Literacy Volunteers of Morris County or the ARC of Essex County.)

route to work each day or your coffee order at Starbucks, you’ll encourage your brain to make new connections. This concept, called neuroplasticity, can actually make you more creative, leading to more “Aha!” moments of inspiration.

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Think positive Pick an area of your life you’re apt to complain about, and look at the bright side instead. In a study in the journal BMC Public Health, researchers found that heart-disease patients who were more optimistic survived longer.

Visit a new area in Morris and Essex counties. There are 39 municipalities in Morris and 22 in Essex. How many have you seen? Get acquainted with a new town!

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Do something you’ve never done Indoor rock climbing? Wearing a fedora? Going on a blind date? If it’s new to you, give it a try! Sometimes we need to shake things up to avoid that Groundhog Day feeling.

Make time for you It seems there’s always something that needs doing or someone who needs attention. But it’s important to carve out time for yourself so you can recharge and reconnect with whatever it is that brings you joy. How to fit it in? Schedule a meeting with yourself. Setting aside time the way you would for a business meeting or a doctor’s visit will help you keep the “appointment.” The gift of time for yourself increases clarity, creativity, energy and motivation.

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Try a new fitness class Bodies get accustomed to the same old workout routine, but taking up a new exercise—spinning, for example—can give your body the jolt it needs to start burning fat again. The average indoor cycling class burns 400 to 600 calories. Stay motivated by focusing on the music, and know you can ride at your own pace.

Forgive someone Carrying a grievance around? Drop that weight! Studies have found that forgiving someone can actually improve your health, cutting heart-attack risk, improving cholesterol levels, lowering blood pressure and reducing pain, anxiety and stress.

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Schedule a spa session Maybe there’s a treatment you’ve been dying to try—microdermabrasion or a flotation wrap, perhaps. Or book something classic such as a massage you know will make you feel great.

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Haunted by the fact that you’ve never read Little Women? (Or maybe it’s Treasure Island.) Make time today to tackle that first chapter—and ease stress by not giving yourself a deadline. After all, literature is how folks used to keep occupied while waiting for Facebook to be invented.

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Tell someone how you really feel Don’t go overboard here, but honestly getting something off your chest feels great—and lowers stress. Whether it’s confessing your affection to a longtime crush or simply telling the school volunteer coordinator you really don’t have time to help set up the class book fair this year, just say it. You’ll set yourself free.

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10 pounds or quitting smoking, without focusing on your motivation, it’s easy to give up once the going gets tough. But zoning in on why you want to lose the weight—for instance, to look good at a college reunion or to live a long life to really get to know your granddaughter—can get you to stick with the program.

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Buy that thing you’ve always wanted Maybe it’s a convertible, a Louis Vuitton bag or the Snoopy Snow Cone Machine you longed for as a kid. If you can’t stop thinking about it, buy it. Life’s too short to be always pining for something, even if it isn’t strictly a necessity. (Too pricey? Start putting aside money that’s earmarked for this heart’s desire. You’ll have something to look forward to.)

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Hire a personal trainer “When you hire a trainer, you get a workout that is focused on exactly what you want to achieve,” says certified personal trainer Kevin Diaz of Newarkbased Diaz Fitness and Training. “There’s also an extra sense of accountability. Going it alone can lead to not pushing yourself, no progressing, getting hurt or not going at all.”

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Mindfulness—intentionally focusing on the present moment without judgment—has been practiced for centuries to increase well-being. And research shows that mindfulness meditation can decrease stress and improve focus, memory and sleep. “Breathe, relax, hand on heart,” says Julia Erickson, owner of Jolie yoga and meditation studio in Madison. “This threesecond meditation practice is a secret weapon to get you through your day—an antidote to stress, anxiety and fear.”

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18 Try reflexology

Reflexology is based on the idea that points on the feet correspond to the body’s organs and glands, and pressure applied to these areas can bring benefits. Reflexology can reduce pain, anxiety and depression, while increasing circulation and promoting relaxation, according to research studies.

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Have a glass of water Experts tell us it’s good to stay hydrated: Good old H2O’s myriad health benefits include calorie control, clearer skin, improved muscle function, less fatigue and enhanced digestion. And it’s a refreshing break from sugary sodas and costly coffees.

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Write a letter Think about how good it feels when you get real mail instead of just junk or bills. Spread the love by sending a handwritten note to someone else. The recipient will appreciate that you took time out of your busy day to write a letter and that they’re worth the effort. And it will make you happy knowing that you made them happy.

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“Journal” nightly A growing body of evidence supports the health benefits of “therapeutic journaling”—jotting down not just what happens, but also what you think and feel about it. Such writing helps you work through issues, gain perspective on your emotions and potentially brighten your mood.

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Organize your photos Wish you could look back at a certain vacation pic or find that cute image of your toddler with mac ’n’ cheese all over her? If your pictures were clearly labeled and organized, it would be easier. Make this your year for taking these steps when downloading new photos to your computer: create folders, add keywords and tags, add locations via GPS or manually and take advantage of facerecognition software.

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Edit your closet If you stare each morning at a bulging closet, yet can’t find anything to wear, it may be time for professional help. A “stylist” can help you decide what to keep, store, donate—or add. Getting objective feedback on your wardrobe will help you toss the pieces that no longer work for you. And you’ll wind up with go-to looks for work, date nights and weekends. Having an outfit plan saves time, reduces morning stress and increases your confidence.

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Improve your posture Hunched over a desk all day? Make a conscious effort to sit up straight with your shoulders down and relaxed. Exercises such as Pilates and yoga that focus on core strength and body awareness can help, and a gym trainer

can direct you to the right muscles to strengthen.

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Book medical appointments now It can take a long time to get an appointment with a doctor, so spend a few minutes now making appointments for the coming year. (For a refresher on what regular screenings you need, search online for “screening guidelines for adults.”)

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Attend a religious service Frequent church or synagogue attendees have lower blood pressure than others, says a study published in the International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine. Why? It could be that “people who attend services are exposed to sermons that provide guidance for healthy decision-making and coping with stress,” says Harold G. Koenig, M.D., of Duke University, one of the study authors. Group singing may also help cut stress, he says.

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Fix that flaw A tiny red spot on the face? It could be broken capillaries easily repaired with a laser treatment by a dermatologist. Many cosmetic procedures are less expensive and invasive than you’d think. If a facial or skin flaw bugs you, check it out and decide if it’s worth corrective treatment. If so, make an appointment; if not, put away worries and move on.

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Ask for better rates Sometimes speaking up can save you money. Ask your bank for a credit card interest rate reduction. Shop around for cheaper homeowner’s and car insurance. Call your cable or cellphone company and negotiate a better deal. You may qualify for an incentive rate or a discount you didn’t know about.

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Put down the phone A study from the University of Derby in England warns of “smartphone addiction,” a new malady authors link with “higher scores of narcissism.” Try designating phone-free hours of each day, and don’t use your phone as an alarm clock, lest you be tempted to

jump on it the minute you awaken.

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Sign up for a race Having that 5K or Tough Mudder race on the calendar is excellent motivation to get you working out—or working out harder than ever. Plus you may make new friends who’ll help keep you on track even after you cross the finish line.

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Tip one back New research from Penn State University and Kailuan Hospital in China shows that moderate drinking may slow the decline of “good” high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, which helps remove bad cholesterol from the arteries, reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. Moderate drinking is defined as one-half to one drink a day for women; one to two drinks daily for men. (Note: We said “moderate”; teetotaling still beats abusing alcohol.)

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Buy new pillows Your pillow is where your face spends one-third of its time, but you’d be surprised how quickly dirt, oils and dead skin cells build up there. Replace pillows at least every three years, and keep them clean in the meantime. Dry-clean down feather pillows; down-alternative pillows can be tossed in the washing machine.

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Subscribe to a newspaper, magazine or website Dig deeper than the headlines by making a regular date with your favorite news source. You’ll be bristling with insights at the next cocktail party. (Often, signing up for a print publication gives you online access too.)

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that home improvement task off your list

Surely there’s a home project you’ve been dreading. Choose today to tackle it, or—no shame here!—call a handyman to make an appointment to get it done. How relieved you’ll feel!

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Pick up a coloring book Coloring books for adults are hot, with bookstores and Amazon offering dozens of options. Research has shown that coloring can reduce anxiety and increase mindfulness (see tip #17), so grab your colored pencils and get scribbling.

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Consult a financial planner We all want to be able to retire comfortably someday, and advance planning is necessary. It’s important to meet with a financial advisor long before retirement to get the maximum benefit from your investments. But it’s never too late to begin a financial plan. If you get an early jump on investing, an advisor can guide you toward investments and an asset mix that are most likely to help you meet retirement goals, taking into consideration your personal risk tolerance. The advisor can also help you determine if you need to adjust current saving or spending habits.

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Make a “joy jar” Write down the moments that bring you delight each day and slip them into a “joy jar”—use any jar with a lid, such as a mason jar or a washed-out spaghettisauce container. At month’s end, open your jar and enjoy the memories.

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Organize one drawer It’s daunting to think about getting organized in general. Instead, pick one spot to sort right now—like the junk drawer. Or the linen closet, or the space under the bathroom sink. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment.

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Step outside Make an appointment with the great outdoors—this afternoon—for a bit of fresh air. Research in the Journal of Environmental Psychology shows that spending time in nature increases energy for 90 percent of us.

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Do it yourself Assemble that bookcase, paint that bathroom or fix that broken bike. Doing things yourself actually makes you value the finished product more— researchers call this “the Ikea effect.”

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Invent something The next Joy Mangano (inventor of the Miracle Mop) could be you! But even if you don’t think up a Shark Tank–winning idea, it’s still good to stir the creative juices. Start

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small by coming up with a new smoothie recipe or a game your kids can play.

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Don a special color Research on the psychology of color has shown that wearing certain hues can affect your mood. Orange lifts the spirits, blue inspires calm and green can make you more productive.

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Please your nose Studies show that smells trigger more vivid emotional memories than images. Why not enjoy such nostalgia by wearing an old favorite perfume or buying a gingerbread-scented candle that smells like the cookies your mom used to make?

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No, really—it boosts brainpower! In a study of 1,000 people spanning 30 years, people who ate chocolate at least once a week did better on cognitive tasks than those who didn’t. The University of South Australia researchers believe nutrients called cocoa flavonoids increase blood flow to the brain.

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Do something you’re scared of Go river tubing, give a talk before a community group or do your own taxes. Psychologists believe repeatedly exposing yourself to something you fear reduces the discomfort you feel each time.

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Make your mornings easier Take 15 the night before work or school to prep your coffee, pack your lunch, pick out your clothes, etc. You’ve heard it all before but you’ve heard it all before for a reason. It really works!

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Listen to a podcast Podcasts (downloadable audio series, basically radio programs you can tune into any time) have been around for more than 10 years, but many people still haven’t tried them. Liven up your commute by checking one out—there are podcasts on just about any topic. The easiest way is through an app on your smartphone. When you subscribe, the latest episode shows up on your device as soon as it’s released.

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Buy a floral-print outfit Vacation prints are a big spring 2017 runway trend. Purchase that splashy floral frock or tropical-print shirt now so you’ll be ready to rock it when the weather warms.

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Adopt a pet Bring home a cat or dog from your local shelter, and you’ll both benefit. Researchers from the American Psychological Association found that pet owners tend to be more extraverted and have greater self-esteem than those without furry friends.

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Call that friend or family member You’ve been meaning to get in touch with that aunt in Iowa, or your old college roomie. Why not have an actual conversation—today? Your phone, after all, is many wonderful things—including a phone!

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Learn something new Sign up for a cooking class, study a foreign language online or attend a computer session at your local library. You may discover a new hobby or boost your career by expanding your skill set—and your brain will benefit.

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Years of drinking coffee, tea, soda or red wine can discolor your teeth, as can tobacco and some medications. To restore a brighter white, ask your dentist about bleaching. A technique called GLO gives great results with minimal sensitivity using an LED light and heat in a closed mouthpiece to activate peroxide gel on the teeth. Faster than at-home bleaching kits, it usually takes just three 8-minute sessions in an office.

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a rustic Lake placid retreat inspires the great room décor in this spacious Mendham Township home. By Marisa Sandora

The painting on the back wall is by the late Lee Hughes, a local artist whose works often depicted outdoor scenes in Morris County. “I have several pieces of his artwork,” says homeowner Kara Bossert. “It’s my favorite piece of artwork in the house.” Bossert salvaged the vintage Louis Vuitton trunk from a friend’s family when she was in her early teens.

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It was her family’s many visits to the beautiful Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, N.Y., that served as inspiration for the décor of the great room in the Mendham Township home of Kara Bossert. “My daughter did figure skating and competed up there, so we went every January for six or seven years,” Bossert recalls. “We always thought the antler chandeliers were amazing, so we figured, ‘Why not? We have tons of deer around here; it’s not so far-fetched that we would have an antler chandelier.’ So we had one made for the room.” The great room is the main living area in the house, and Bossert wanted a natural, earthy look for the space. “I have animal skins, fur pillows, horn bowls and things like that out on the tables,” says Bossert, owner of the design firm Design in Time. “With the stone fireplace, it all lends itself to that feel.” The large scale of the room led Bossert to use long gray velvet couches from Restoration Hardware and not one but two black coffee tables from Safavieh. And the Lexington armoire in the corner was chosen for its size but turned

out to be a very handy piece. “Initially, it was just to fill that corner and give some height to the room,” Bossert explains. “But it stows the kids’ board games and puzzles that we want to keep handy.” Bossert used Benjamin Moore’s Bridgewater Tan on the walls because she loves the way that color looks against the abundant white woodwork in the house, which the family built about three years ago. Shades of black and gold can be found throughout the room, including in the Kravet fabric used for long panel drapes and roman shades. “I love black,” says Bossert. “I have a lot of black in my home. It’s very dramatic and makes an impactful statement.” The black embossed leather lamp by Ralph Lauren was a lucky Home Goods find. Overall, Bossert loves the way it all came together. “It’s a really comfortable room,” she says. “It gets a lot of natural light, and it’s a nice room to spend time in.” But her favorite thing will always be the chandelier: “I’m just in awe of it,” she says, “especially when you’re sitting on the couch and looking up at it. The way it’s constructed, it’s amazing.”

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Easy pickin’ Produce pete loves his weekly TV segment, but it’s his sweetheart that’s always at the top of this north jersey favorite’s list. By Darius Amos Think you know the correct way to peel a banana? “Produce Pete” Napolitano will likely tell you to make like a chimpanzee and try a little monkey business. “Your first inclination is to open it from the top, which results in those annoying loose strings,” says Napolitano, who’s considered the New York metro area’s authority on fruits and vegetables. Our distant jungle cousins, he notes, pinch and peel from the bottom for cleaner, easier access to the fruit. “If you’re not doing that, try it.” Napolitano, 72, has been offering tidbits like these from his childhood days as a peddler for the family business to his successful run as a mom-and-pop farm stand owner to his 30-year career as a local television personality—with the past 25 years spent on WNBC’s Weekend Today in New York. And while he loves produce, he wouldn’t be where he is today without his wife, Bette. It was her foresight that brought the Produce Pete persona to life. Napolitano’s history on television traces back to 1986, when, not satisfied with work, he was on the verge of closing his family’s North Jersey-based Napolitano’s Produce Store. One day that year, a customer overheard Napolitano joyfully speaking with other shoppers. That customer was Rosemary Henri, a local TV producer who “found me very interesting and thought I would be good for television” he recalls. “I told her I was too busy,” Napolitano says. “She continued to call, but I turned her down each time.” But things changed the day Bette answered the phone. When Napolitano came home from work that afternoon, she told him to get dressed—the network was sending a car to bring him to its New York studio. “Bette convinced me that going on TV might be good for business,” he says. “She’s the one who saw something good.” He’s been talking produce on the air ever since. Fruits and veggies are Napolitano’s passion, and it’s seen every week during his regular TV appearances, when he converses about any and every piece of produce that’s in season. His long stint on Weekend Today is a testament to that passion, earning the “Produce Pete” and “Pete Your Produce Pal” nicknames along the way. “Most of the stuff I talk about is common sense, but they’re tips that people want,” he admits. “Why is a fruit that’s heavy in the hand better than others? Simple: It has more juice. If it’s light like a feather, then there’s usually nothing inside.” The segments got more and more popular over the years “because people love to eat, and they love to eat good food,” he says. “And I think it’s because of my

honesty. When I’m in front of the camera, my first line is usually thought out, but everything else, when I talk about a product or produce, that’s just me running my mouth. It also helps to throw in some humor and stories about my family, because viewers can relate even more.” Family, he says, turned him into the produce guru. He learned about fruit as a child, helping his parents’ produce stand by selling tomatoes door-to-door in Englewood and Tenafly. In 1969, he took the reins of the family business. “Bette helped me in the store for 20 years on the business end and was also there to raise the family and take our two kids to soccer and football,” he says. “She’s been a trouper, and I give credit to her for all the success I’ve had.” The couple have been side-by-side for most of their lives: The two were high school sweethearts—he was 15 and she was 14 when they fell in love. They’ve lived in Bergenfield and Oakland in Bergen County, and now reside in nearby North Haledon in Passaic County. So did it hurt when Bette decided to leave the business to pursue an administrative career with large companies such as Konica? Not at all. “She’s such a hard-working woman and so smart when it comes to business. I didn’t want her to regret not making a change, and I think she made a great decision,” he says. “But everyone at Napolitano’s missed her a lot.” Napolitano’s finally closed in 2006 after a 52-year run, but Pete and Bette are still partners in produce and in life. They will celebrate their 50th anniversary this summer. “Bette has been my rock and my foundation all these years,” he says. “None of this, the store or Produce Pete, would’ve happened without her.”

Bette and “Produce Pete” Napolitano will celebrate their 50th anniversary this summer.

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Freekeh On

Move over, quinoa—freekeh is quietly staging a takeover.

Tired of quinoa and want to shake up your meal plan? Then give freekeh a go. This ancient whole grain (pronounced free-kah) has long been a staple of Middle Eastern and Northern African diets but only recently began gaining popularity in the United States. Freekeh comes from durum wheat that’s harvested when it’s young and green and then fire-roasted. After the charred outer shell is rubbed off, the grain in the middle, which retains a subtle smoky, nutty flavor, can be boiled and used in dishes in place of rice, farro, barley, millet and other grains.

POWER UP Compared with superfood power-player quinoa, freekeh comes out on top with less fat (1 gram in ½ cup cooked compared to 2 grams in the same amount of quinoa), and more protein (6 grams vs. 4 grams) and fiber (4 grams vs. 3 grams). At only 130 calories per serving, it’s a better choice than rice or pasta for those hoping to lose weight. It’s also rich in magnesium, which helps with energy levels and digestion; iron, which oxygenates red blood cells; lutein, which promotes eye health; calcium, which benefits the bones; and vitamin B6, which boosts the immune system. Plus, freekeh ranks low on

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Buy/Store/Serve The grain is sold already removed from its shell and looks similar to barley or wheatberry. To prepare it, simply cook it as you would any other grain. Bring 2½ cups of water per 1 cup of dried freekeh to a boil. Lower the heat and allow it to simmer until the water is absorbed, and then fluff and allow to cool. You can also soak freekeh in water overnight and heat it up the next day. It’s available both cracked and whole—the cracked variety cooks in about half the time as the whole, similar to rolled oats vs. steel-cut oats. Once cooked, use the grain in salads, in soups, as a pilaf, or on its own as a side dish, served with meat or fish.

DID YOU KNOW? Freekeh is also called farik, which comes from the Arabic word for “to rub,” referring to how it is prepared. According to some sources, the grain was discovered two millennia ago after a Middle Eastern wheat field was set on fire during an ambush. When villagers recovered the young grains from the field, they discovered the center had not been destroyed and was still edible. —Liz Donovan

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DENTISTS 2017 TO HELP YOU FIND GREAT DENTAL CARE, Morris/Essex Health & Life commissioned Professional Research Services (PRS) of Troy, Michigan to conduct a peer-review survey of hundreds of practicing and active dentists across Morris County. Dentists were asked to choose which of their peers they consider the very best, across seven different practice areas—endodontics, general dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics and prosthodontics. All the final honorees were fact-checked with the State of New Jersey and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs License Verification System. The highest vote getters within each specialty who are in good standing with the state are included here in the first annual “Morris County’s Top Dentists” list. There are many other good dentists practicing in Morris County who may not be included on this list; we recommend that you consider “Morris County’s Top Dentists” and other resources before scheduling your next dental procedure.

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TOP DENTISTS LISTINGS

ENDODONTICS

GENERAL DENTISTRY

ROSEMICHELE SORVINO-MACCHIA Chatham-Madison Endodontics 291 Main St. Chatham, NJ 07928 973.635.9191

DENNIS R. CABANA Cabana Family Dental 362 Hawkins Pl. Boonton, NJ 07005 973.334.9350

LEO YUDKIN Leo Yudkin, DDS, PA 16 Pocono Rd., Ste. 211 Denville, NJ 07834 973.664.0181

JEROME S. COHEN Cohen & Schwartz Dental Route 46, 100 Village Green Shopping Center Budd Lake, NJ 07828 973.347.8110

ADRIANA M. CORREA Marc P. Gimbel, DMD, LLC 150 River Rd., Ste. K-3 Montville, NJ 07045 973.335.8046 MARC P. GIMBEL Marc P. Gimbel, DMD, LLC 150 River Rd., Ste. K-3 Montville, NJ 07045 973.335.8046

DARIO A. FENIMORE Dario A. Fenimore, DMD, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry 54 Horsehill Rd., Ste. 203 Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927 973.538.2238 ROBERT E. WEGER Dr. Robert Weger, DMD 133 Park Ave. Convent Station, NJ 07960 973.539.2585

DEREK FINE Aesthetic Family Dentistry, PA 35 W. Main St. Denville, NJ 07834 937.627.3617

ANTHONY CANNILLA Anthony Cannilla, DMD 170 Changebridge Rd., Ste. A4-1 Montville, NJ 07045 973.882.1516

JENNI KWIATKOWSKI Aesthetic Family Dentistry, PA 35 W. Main St., Ste. 208 Denville, NJ 07834 937.627.3617

HALINA B. KOWALSKI Kowalski Family Dental, PC 170 Changebridge Rd., Ste. A-2 Montville, NJ 07045 973.575.6100

ALAN B. STEINER Aesthetic Family Dentistry, PA 35 W. Main St. Denville, NJ 07834 937.627.3617 ADAM S. KIMOWITZ Denville Dentist 75 Bloomfield Ave., Ste. 205 Denville, NJ 07834 973.627.3363

STUART L. ISLER Stuart L. Isler Dentistry 10 Broadway Denville, NJ 07834 973.625.1234

GLENN A. ROTHENBERG Glenn A. Rothenberg, DDS PA 29 Columbia Turnpike, Ste. 102A Florham Park, NJ 07932 973.302.2069

RICHARD C. GENUNG Richard C. Genung, DMD 21 Orchard St. Denville, NJ 07834 973.625.3576

STEVEN P. DULTZ Long Hill Dental 671 Valley Rd. Gillette, NJ 07933 908.580.0870

KEITH S. APPELBAUM Appelbaum Endodontics, LLC 10 W. Hanover Ave., Ste. 105 Randolph, NJ 07869 973.598.3450

JESSICA KLEIN Lashen Dental Group 3155 Route 10, Ste. 102 Denville, NJ 07834 973.328.3500

SAMUEL ROMANO Sam Romano, DMD, FAGD 120 Park Ave. Madison, NJ 07940 973.377.7088

AARON AUE Morris Country Endodontics 141 Route 46, Lower Level Rockaway, NJ 07866 973.625.3384

STEPHEN M. LASHEN Lashen Dental Group 3155 Route 10, Ste. 102 Denville, NJ 07834 973.328.3500

HAROUT BARSEMIAN Apex Endodontics, LLC 310 Madison Ave., Ste. 205 Morristown, NJ 07960 973.538.5660 MITCHELL H. DAVICH Mitchell H. Davich, DMD, PA 95 Madison Ave., Ste. A02 Morristown, NJ 07960 973.898.0100

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STANLEY G. YEAGER Stanley Yeager, DMD, PA 112 Main Rd. Montville, NJ 07045 973.335.9432

ANDREW T. SACCO Metro Dental Associates 29 Elm St. Morristown, NJ 07960 973.538.2563 JAY S. SCHUSTER Metro Dental Associates 29 Elm St. Morristown, NJ 07960 973.538.2563 SIDNEY CHONOWSKI Sidney Chonowski, DMD, FAGD 66 Maple St. Morristown, NJ 07960 973.538.1100 KIMBERLY J. SOARES Kimberly J. Soares, DMD 43 Bloomfield Ave. Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046 973.263.1919 NAYANESH K. SHAH NKS Dental 1081 Parsippany Blvd., Ste. 100 Parsippany, NJ 07054 973.299.6161 ROSAMINA B. DE LA ROSA De La Rosa Comprehensive & Cosmetic Dentistry 21 Summit St. Parsippany, NJ 07054 973.257.0707 MICHELA RUSSO Gruber Dental 362 Parsipanny Rd. Parsippany, NJ 07054 973.428.1515

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SCOTT A. COHEN Cohen Surgical Arts 35 W. Main St., Ste. 101 Denville, NJ 07834 973.627.6006

CHRISTOPHER KAPLAN Randolph Dental Associates, LLC 1 Schuman Rd. Randolph, NJ 07869 862.781.0257

STEVEN J. SILVERMAN Madison Avenue Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates, LLC 95 Madison Ave., Ste. 108 Morristown, NJ 07960 973.984.7000

ORAL & MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY

TARA PLANSKY Randolph Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, PA 447 Route 10, Ste. 5 Randolph, NJ 07869 973.328.1555

EDWARD J. SMITH Edward J. Smith, DMD 2 W. Hanover Ave., Ste. 201 Randolph, NJ 07869 973.500.3858 ANTHONY L. FUSCO Anthony L. Fusco, DMD Joseph R. Caravano, DMD 390 Route 10 Randolph, NJ 07869 973.361.1198 JORGE O. CORDOVA JC Dental 272 Route 46 Rockaway, NJ 07866 973.627.2121 ANTONIO L. DEL VALLE JC Dental 272 Route 46 Rockaway, NJ 07866 973.627.2121 GREGGORY J. DILAURI Greggory Di Lauri, DDS 66 Sunset Strip Succasunna, NJ 07876 973.252.0030 CHRISTOPHER N. DUDDY Christopher Duddy DMD 612 Main Rd. Towaco, NJ 07082 973.335.5600 THOMAS W. REINHARD Reinhard Dentistry 130 Whippany Rd. Whippany, NJ 07981 973.887.2436

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LAWRENCE M. GORZELNIK Lawrence M. Gorzelnik, MD, DMD 100 Kings Rd. Madison, NJ 07940 973.966.6699 FREDERICK H. ERNST Montville Oral Surgery Associates 150 River Rd., Ste. H2 Montville , NJ 07045 973.316.5757 PATRICK J. PIROZZI Montville Oral Surgery Associates 150 River Rd., Ste. H2 Montville , NJ 07045 973.316.5757 GERARD A. BEGLEY Craniofacial Center 100 Madison Ave., Second Fl. Morristown, NJ 07960 973.971.8585 GREGORY J. KEISER Morristown Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates 290 Madison Ave. Morristown, NJ 07960 973.538.5338 KENNETH P. PRESS Madison Avenue Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates, LLC 95 Madison Ave., Ste. 108 Morristown, NJ 07960 973.984.7000

MICHAEL D. SINGER Randolph Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, PA 447 Route 10, Ste. 5 Randolph, NJ 07869 973.328.1555 EDWARD A. ROSENBAUM Randolph Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, PA 447 Route 10, Ste. 5 Randolph, NJ 07869 973.328.1555 ROBERT ROSEN Robert Rosen, DMD 10 Parrot Mill Rd. Chatham, NJ 07928 973.635.2105

ORTHODONTICS BRUCE FOX Fox and Abraham Orthodontics, PC 3155 Route 10, Ste. 111 Denville, NJ 07834 973.328.4434

ROBERT LORINO Smiles By Lorino 689 Valley Rd., Ste. 208 Gillette, NJ 07933 908.542.0042 JASON T. ROTHENBERG Rothenberg Orthodontics 333 Main St. Madison, NJ 07940 973.822.2308 MICHAEL CASTAGNA New Smile Orthodontics 8 Shunpike Rd. Madison, NJ 07940 973.377.0900

TOP DENTISTS LISTINGS

MICHAEL GRUBER Gruber Dental 362 Parsippany Rd., Ste. A Parsippany, NJ 07054 973.428.1515

KENNETH BANASIAK Banasiak & Nettune Orthodontic Associates 18 E. Main St. Mendham, NJ 07945 973.543.6644 PETER J. ANTONELLIS Montville Orthodontic Associates, PA 170 Changebridge Rd., Ste. C5-2 Montville, NJ 07045 973.227.1132 ROBERT S. FRIEDMAN Dr. Robert Friedman, DDS 39 E. Hanover Ave. Morris Plains, NJ 07950 973.539.0708 JOSEPH M. ARVAY Joseph M. Arvay, DMD 28 DeHart St. Morristown, NJ 07960 973.538.5067

HOWARD B. BOBROW Howard B. Bobrow, DMD, PA 32 W. Main St., Ste. 207 Denville, NJ 07834 973.627.5902

DAVID J. CAGGIANO Caggiano Orthodontics 316 Parsippany Rd. Parsippany, NJ 07054 973.828.8111

DANIELLE K. ZEIFMAN Zeifman Orthodontics 128 Columbia Turnpike Florham Park, NJ 07932 973.408.9183

HEATHER BAUMWOLL Baumwoll Orthodontics 390 Route 10 Randolph, NJ 07869 973.989.5100

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BERNARD I. BARRISH Barrish & Lehnes Orthodontics 447 Route 10, Ste. 9 Randolph, NJ 07869 973.241.4706 KEVIN G. LEHNES Barrish & Lehnes Orthodontics 447 Route 10, Ste. 9 Randolph, NJ 07869 973.241.4706 ROGER C. NETTUNE Banasiak & Nettune Orthodontic Associates 18 E. Main St. Mendham, NJ 07945 973.543.6644 STELLA P. MELLAS Mellas Orthodontics 19 E. Main St., Ste. 2 Mendham, NJ 07945 973.543.2103

SUSAN B. HARRISONPRESS Children’s Dentistry of Morristown, NJ 95 Madison Ave., Ste. A08 Morristown, NJ 07960 973.898.6600

THOMAS A. BISSELL Bissell Periodontics & Dental Implant Center of New Jersey 385 Route 24, Ste. 3J Chester, NJ 07930 908.955.5999

LISSET PENTON Children’s Dentistry of Morristown, NJ 95 Madison Ave., Ste. A08 Morristown, NJ 07960 973.898.6600

PROSTHODONTICS

AARON M. MANNELLA Pediatric dental Associates of Randolph 390 Route 10 Randolph, NJ 07869 973.989.7970

PERIODONTICS

PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

DAVID GOTEINER Art of Perio David Goteiner, DDS 2A North Rd. Chester, NJ 07930 908.879.7709

JASON ROSENFELD Route 23 Pediatric Dentistry 1395 Route 23 South Butler, NJ 07405 973.838.0093

MARIA E. PARRELLA Madison Periodontics & Implants 40 Prospect St. Madison, NJ 07904 973.822.9323

HOWARD C. KOTKIN Dr. Howard Kotkin 33 Main St., Ste. 203 Chatham, NJ 07928 973.635.6444

MICHELE DIMAIRA Michele J. Dimaira Periodontal DMD, MS, PA 170 Changebridge Rd., Ste. C-6 Montville, NJ 07045 973.276.7926

SKY A. BERDAHL Starship Pediatric Dentistry 300 Madison Ave., Ste. 201 Madison, NJ 07940 973.377.4321

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WAYNE F. ARNDT Dr. Wayne Arndt, DDS, DMD 101 Madison Ave., Ste. 300 Morristown, NJ 07960 973.455.0150

BARRY A. KAPLAN Applebaum & Kaplan 41 Elm St. Morristown, NJ 07960 973.540.1311 MAURICIO LAVIE Chatham Prosthodontics 33 Main St., Ste. 103 Chatham, NJ 07928 973.635.0698 JEFFREY A. GOODMAN Jeffrey A. Goodman, DMD, PA 661 Shunpike Rd., Ste. 1 Green Village, NJ 07935 973.377.8811 THOMAS J. EMMER JR. Dr. Thomas J. Emmer Jr. DMD 310 Madison Ave. Morristown, NJ 07960 973.540.8800 MARC APPELBAUM Dr. Marc Appelbaum, BA, DDS, FACD, FICD 41 Elm St. Morristown, NJ 07960 973.540.1311 MADALINA E. IORGULESCU Morristown Prosthodontics 73 Maple Ave. Morristown, NJ 07960 973.326.1955

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DEREK FINE, D.M.D. JENNI KWIATKOWSKI, D.D.S. ALAN B. STEINER, D.M.D.

Aesthetic Family Dentistry, P.A.

35 W. Main St., Denville, NJ 07834 • 937.627.3617 • aestheticfamilydentistry.com AESTHETIC FAMILY DENTISTRY OF DENVILLE, in business for over 40 years, offers a highly technological yet holistic approach to dentistry not often found in a family practice. All three dentists, Dr. Derek Fine, D.M.D., Dr. Jenni Kwiatkowski and Dr. Alan B. Steiner, focus on the overall wellbeing of each patient and specifically, how dental health affects the body. They look for homeopathic options wherever and whenever possible, preferring to utilize natural remedies in an effort to avoid the use of drugs and chemicals. For many procedures, they employ an Ozone Generator, which kills bacteria, viruses and fungus without the use of chemicals or other medication. The generator is most often used during periodontal treatment, disinfecting teeth prior to fillings or crowns, desensitizing, and rinsing after surgery. Patients that have issues with taking traditional impressions can take advantage of a 3-D scanner, raising their comfort level and overall experience during such procedures. Additionally, a wide array of traditional and advanced dental treatments is available, as well as cosmetic dentistry, Botox and Juvederm. Aesthetic Family Dentistry is especially proficient when it comes to the

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diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) and sleep apnea. TMJ may be treated with a combination of therapies, including massage therapy, TENS and the use of FDA-approved oral appliances. Patients very often find immediate success treating sleep apnea, headaches and symptoms associated with TMJ. All three dentists in the practice are dedicated to continuing education and have extensive expertise far beyond the required training and hours. A graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Dr. Fine is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and has advanced training in Neuromuscular Dentistry and Occlusion. Dr. Kwiatkowski, a graduate of NYU College of Dentistry, has additional training in cosmetic dentistry, implants and neuromuscular orthodontics. Dr. Steiner graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and is proficient in cosmetic reconstruction, prosthodontics, periodontal surgery and the revolutionary Chao Pinhole Surgery Technique®. To schedule an appointment for an unparalleled dental experience, contact Aesthetic Family Dentistry today.

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DENNIS CABANA, D.D.S.

Cabana Family Dental

362 Hawkins Pl., Boonton, NJ 07005 • 973.334.9350 • cabanafamilydental.com IT’S BOTH WELCOMING and comforting to walk into an established family dental practice that’s been in business for decades. That’s how it feels to come through the doors of Cabana Family Dental where Dr. Dennis Cabana and his brother/partner, Dr. Robert Cabana, practice general dentistry in the office their father, Dr. Richard Cabana, founded in 1959. Having the opportunity to treat generations of patients can only happen for one reason. It’s because the entire team at Cabana Family Dental genuinely cares about delivering the highest quality of uncompromised service to their patients, which includes accurately diagnosing, effectively and authentically communicating and expertly performing their prescribed treatments. Dr. Dennis, as his patients refer to him, keeps the practice focused on comprehensive, preventative dental care, focusing on the overall health of each individual patient. The dentists at Cabana Family Dental continually undergo educational coursework

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to stay on top of the latest techniques and technologies in the ever-evolving dental industry. To enhance patient comfort and convenience, Cabana Family Dental is outfitted with state-of-the-art technology, including an E4D CAD/CAM unit, offering the capability to deliver same-day crowns. The practice also recently installed a 3D scan unit, which is rapidly becoming the standard of care in digital radiography. The team at Cabana Family Dental are experts at working effectively with patients to navigate and accommodate any insurance needs. “Patients trust that they will be treated with honesty here,” says Dr. Dennis. Dr. Dennis completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Baltimore College of Dental Surgery at the University of Maryland and holds memberships in the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry and New Jersey Dental Association. His love of dentistry is eclipsed only by his love of being a father to his four beautiful children.

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ADAM S. KIMOWITZ, D.M.D.

Denville Dentist

75 Bloomfield Ave., Ste. 205, Denville, NJ 07834 • 973.627.3363 • denvilledentist.com ONE CONVERSATION with Denville Dentist’s Dr. Adam Kimowitz is all it takes to see the passion that he has for his work and for his patients. His father started their practice 40 years ago, and although they offer general family dental care such as cleanings, fillings and root canal for patients of all ages, Dr. Kimowitz with the help of his father took their practice several steps further as they continue to focus on complex oral rehabilitation, placing and restoring hundreds of implants yearly. He and his father are driven by a need to help those who have been socially affected by their teeth. “If their teeth are so damaged that they don’t smile, they often have trouble with their personal relationships and are perceived differently than they would like,” he says. Many of the practice’s patients’ teeth have been affected by a variety of diseases, and they are psychologically scarred as a result. “It’s an honor to help such people,” he says. “We look at them as patients, not just mouths. We

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address their fears and concerns and feel successful once we connect with them, so that they trust us to help them.” Dr. Kimowitz and his father create not only new smiles and a second chance for their patients, but relationships with them as well. As the treatment becomes more complex, so does the relationship. “I take the trust and responsibility that my patients place in me very seriously and hold myself accountable for the results,” he says. For those who are trapped in a never-ending cycle of root canals and pain, he takes pride in transforming their lives in such a meaningful way. The office is equipped with the latest technology and equipment so that they can achieve the best results: a patient can be outfitted with an entirely new set of teeth in a mere three weeks. “At the end of the day, we want every patient to achieve the outcome they are looking for and be pain-free.”

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MICHAEL GRUBER, D.M.D., F.A.G.D., P.A.

Michael Gruber Dental, D.M.D., P.A.

362 Parsippany Rd., Ste. A-4, Parsippany, NJ 07054 • 973.428.1515 • gruberdental.com A BEAUTIFUL SMILE, good oral health and personal service are the cornerstones of Dr. Michael Gruber’s Parsippany practice. He specializes in restorative and cosmetic dentistry and his stated philosophy “is to make a positive difference in the lives of all of our patients by offering the highest-quality dental care in a warm, contemporary, private-office atmosphere.” Dr. Gruber is a nationally recognized leader in dentistry, and he aims to educate his patients about the human body, and the impact that oral health has on their physical well-being. “Poor oral maintenance and oral hygiene can lead to both tooth decay and gum disease, which can lead to a myriad of serious health conditions,” he says. In an effort to keep his patients as healthy as possible, Dr. Gruber’s office features the latest technology and innovative procedures, from digital x-rays that use less radiation, 3D cat scans and lasers, to cosmetic imaging that presents patients with

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“before” and “after” digitally enhanced photographs, Doppler cavity screenings and 3D digital impressions. Dr. Gruber is at the forefront of digital treatment, and is excited about the many opportunities technology offers his patients. Patients also appreciate the fact that due to his emphasis on continuing education and technology, he is able to complete all aspects of the necessary treatment. Earning prestigious Fellowships with the American College of Dentists as well as the Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Gruber is also a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Academy of Implant Dentistry and the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. He’s also an attending at Morristown Medical Center, teaching cosmetic and implant dentistry. “By providing a team of professional, highly educated, honest, compassionate and committed employees, we aim to improve patient health, appearance, self-confidence and overall quality of life,” says Dr. Gruber. “We aim to “wow” every patient.

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JAY S. SCHUSTER, D.D.S. ANDREW T. SACCO, D.M.D.

Metro Dental Associates

29 Elm St., Morristown, NJ 07960 • 973.538.2563 • metrodentalassociates.com METRO DENTAL ASSOCIATES OF MORRISTOWN is proud to announce that both Dr. Jay Schuster and Dr. Andrew Sacco have been selected as Top Dentists for 2017. Such accolades are well-deserved for these respected dentists operating in an awardwinning facility that focuses on bringing patients of all ages the highest quality, personal dental care. Many years of experience and a wide variety of services are offered at Metro Dental, including E4D single-visit crowns, Invisalign®, DIAGNOdent® laser diagnostics, VELscope® for oral cancer screening, Zoom!® teeth whitening, as well as implants, smile makeovers, and routine dental procedures. Dr. Schuster stresses the importance of good oral health: “It is paramount to the patient’s overall wellbeing because it is the barometer of health. For instance, the plaque found in the mouth is the same as that found in the heart valves which cases heart attacks and strokes.” He has almost 30 years of experience since graduating from New York University College of Dentistry, including hundreds of hours of extensive continuing

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education. His passion for his patients and the dental community are evident in his care for them each and every day. Dr. Sacco graduated cum laude from Gettysburg College, and subsequently attended Rutgers School of Dental Medicine before completing his General Practice residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Both dentists feel that “the patient’s comfort, no matter what age, is our first priority,” says Dr. Schuster. To that end, Metro Dental offers heated massage-backed chairs, flat-screen TVs, wi-fi, iPad stations and Pandora music, all in an effort to enhance patient relaxation during treatment. Environmentally-friendly dental materials are used throughout the practice, such as a water filtration system and restorative cosmetic products that are both BPA-free and mercuryfree. Digital x-rays and lasers to detect cavities are standard in an effort to reduce patient exposure to harmful radiation. For the finest and most advanced dental care in the Morristown area, contact Metro Dental Associates today.

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JASON T. ROTHENBERG, D.M.D.

Rothenberg Orthodontics

333 Main St., Madison, NJ 07940 • 973.822.2308 1129 Bloomfield Ave., West Caldwell, NJ 07006 • 973.575.5707 • rothenbergortho.com PROVIDING ESTHETIC, functional treatments that achieve a beautiful smile as well as a healthy bite is what motivates orthodontist Dr. Jason Rothenberg every day. In practice for 12 years, he remains on the cutting-edge of the most modern orthodontic techniques and in addition to being an Invisalign® Elite Provider, offers a variety of braces. Rothenberg Orthodontics focuses on aesthetic and functional treatment for patients of all ages. Although Dr. Rothenberg treats many children and teens, “a large percentage of our practice is adult patients.” No matter the age, Dr. Rothenberg thoroughly enjoys the impact his work has on his patients’ appearance and self-esteem. “The most rewarding part of orthodontics is having the opportunity to see how much patients change—not only their smile, but how much they grow in the time we are together.” His practice is known for outstanding customer service and excellent results delivered in a warm, upbeat environment. “We pride ourselves on delivering excellent treatment results in a

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comfortable, friendly atmosphere,” he says. “Anyone can straighten out the front six teeth, but it’s a matter of placing them within the parameter of the facial structure and delivering a healthy, functional bite.” The melding of aesthetics and function is what sets Dr. Rothenberg apart from others in his field. His comprehensive approach entails working with each patient to create a customized treatment plan, which may consist of traditional metal, no elastic, self-litigating, clear or behind the teeth lingual braces. For the ultimate in patient comfort, Dr. Rothenberg utilizes an iTero® intraoral scanner which produces accurate digital impressions of teeth and jaws without using putty. Dr. Rothenberg is a graduate of Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry, where he also completed an orthodontic residency program and earned both a specialty certificate and a Master of Science in oral biology. He currently heads the clinical orthodontic program for dental residents at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

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Caggiano Orthodontics

316 Parsippany Rd., Parsippany, NJ 07054 • 973.887.8780 • morriscountybraces.com COMBINING HIS BACKGROUND in biomedical engineering, his seven years of experience as a general dentist, and his artistic talent allows Dr. Caggiano to create innovative approaches to solve the toughest orthodontic situations. “Engineering each smile is a unique process with many options,” he says. “It is my goal to achieve the best result in the most efficient and comfortable manner for each patient.” His high-tech practice uses cutting-edge technology such as the iTero digital impression scanner, in office 3D printers, and self-ligating braces. In addition, Dr. Caggiano is an Elite provider of Invisalign. All care is delivered with emphasis on customer service, which is reflected in numerous positive Google reviews online. Dr. Caggiano has an intense passion for his profession. He has been recognized repeatedly as a Favorite Kids’ Doc by NJ Family readers, voted annually a Top Orthodontist by other dentists in NJ Monthly, and named to Orthodontic Products’ Best of Orthodontists by other orthodontists, a national recognition.

TOP DENTISTS PROFILES

DAVID J. CAGGIANO, M.S., D.M.D.

MICHAEL CASTAGNA, D.D.S.

New Smile Orthodontics

Dunellen: 216 N. Washington Ave., Dunellen, NJ 08812 • 732.968.4800 Madison: 8 Shunpike Rd., Madison, NJ 07940 • 973.377.0900 ilovemynewsmile.com “I TREAT MY PATIENTS as I would want my kids to be treated and I don’t offer options that I wouldn’t do for my own children,” says Dr. Michael Castagna, orthodontist and father of two youngsters. Dr. Castagna has cultivated an office with a professional atmosphere that is also fun, warm and family-like where the staff goes the extra mile to make a patient feel comfortable, “That kind of atmosphere is palpable and really sets us apart.” Dr. Castagna places a high priority on the aesthetics regardless of a patient’s age. “Every patient can get clear braces for no extra fee,” he says. “We offer Invisalign, and we do a lot of cases with inconspicuous lingual braces which few offices in this area offer.” Dr. Castagna also knows that no one likes impressions and his office’s new intraoral scanner eliminates that uncomfortable step. Dr. Castagna, who earned his credentials from Princeton, Columbia and Montefiore, remembers the moment when he chose to become an orthodontist, “Once I experienced how improving a child’s smile could exponentially improve their life, I was hooked.”

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BARRY A. KAPLAN, D.M.D.

Appelbaum & Kaplan

2017

41 Elm St., Morristown, NJ 07960 973.540.1311 • kaplandentistrynj.com THE UNIQUENESS of our practice is the time and compassion we give to our patients. Emphasis is spent on developing a treatment plan that best suits the individual patient’s needs. Drs. Barry Kaplan and Marc Appelbaum specialize in prosthodontics (crowns, bridges, dentures, cosmetic procedures and implant reconstruction). The Doctors are recognized and respected for over 30 years of expert care. Dr. Kaplan’s dual certification in Prosthodontics and Surgical Placement of Implants allows him to offer patients comprehensive implant treatment plans in one state-of-the-art location. He uses special 3D planning software, performs implant surgery and then completes the final implant restoration.

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DENTISTS 2017 TO HELP YOU FIND GREAT DENTAL CARE, Morris/Essex Health & Life commissioned Professional Research Services (PRS) of Troy, Michigan to conduct a peer-review survey of hundreds of practicing and active dentists across Essex County. All the final honorees were fact-checked with the State of New Jersey and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs License Verification System. The highest vote getters within seven different practice areas who are in good standing with the state are included here in the first annual “Essex County’s Top Dentists” list.

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TOP DENTISTS LISTINGS

ENDODONTICS MARC BALSON Dr. Marc Balson 201 S. Livingston Ave., Ste. 2B Livingston, NJ 07039 973.994.1661 KRISTEN BLUMBERGER The Silverstrom Group 580 S. Livingston Ave. Livingston, NJ 07039 973.992.3990 ALAN A. LAYTON Dr. Alan Layton, DDS 75 Main St., Ste. 102 Millburn, NJ 07041 973.376.1944 LAURENCE C. LEFF Dr. Laurence Leff, DDS, DMD 460 Bloomfield Ave., Ste. 311 Montclair, NJ 07042 973.783.3535 CAROL E. MANN Carol E. Mann, DMD 202 S. Orange Ave. South Orange, NJ 07079 973.761.7003

GENERAL DENTISTRY ANTHONY G. DEVINCENTIS Brookdale Dental Group 1218 Broad St. Bloomfield, NJ 07003 973.338.3700 MICHAEL H. SUTTON Michael H. Sutton, DMD, FAGD 1400 Broad St. Bloomfield, NJ 07003 973.338.3101

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LOUIS J. THEODOROU JR. Glen Ridge Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, PA 89 Glenridge Ave. Glen Ridge, NJ 07028 973.743.6092

DAVID ST. LEDGER Upper Montclair Dental Associates 223 Lorraine Ave. Montclair, NJ 07043 973.746.6056

JASON HAMBERGER Hamberger Dental Associates 155 S. Livingston Ave. Livingston, NJ 07039 973.992.0075

FARIBA SHARIFAN All City Dental 639 Mount Prospect Ave. Newark, NJ 07101 973.481.3900

JOHN T. HAMBERGER Hamberger Dental Associates 155 S. Livingston Ave. Livingston, NJ 07039 973.992.0075 GERARD L. GONSALVES Dr. Gerard Gonsalves, DMD 2168 Millburn Ave., Ste. 102 Maplewood, NJ 07040 973.763.1300 HAROLD A. POLLACK Beautiful Smiles By Dr. Harold A. Pollack 280 Millburn Ave. Millburn, NJ 07041 973.947.4331 FRIEDA MAX Dr. Frieda Max, DDS 225 Millburn Ave., Ste. 302B Millburn, NJ 07041 973.218.9555 RICHARD C. SCHONBERG Richard C. Schonberg, DMD, FAGD 225 Millburn Ave., Ste. 205 Millburn, NJ 07041 973.379.2730 DAVID I. FERGUSON Ferguson Dental Associates 177 Gordonhurst Ave. Montclair, NJ 07043 973.744.3181

JOSE A. PAGAN Dr. Jose A. Pagan 187 Washington Ave. Nutley, NJ 07110 973.661.2929 MICHAEL V. RUSS Michael Russ, DMD 111 Centre St. Nutley, NJ 07110 973.662.0889

ORAL & MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY MICHAEL H. KIRSCH NJ Center for Oral Surgery 16 Smull Ave. Caldwell, NJ 07006 973.226.8444 GERARD M. MIRKOV Dr. Mirkov Gerard, DDS 120 Millburn Ave., Ste. 205 Millburn, NJ 07041 973.376.1888 WILLIAM G. RANUCCI Oral Maxillofacial Associates 54 Plymouth St. Montclair, NJ 07042 973.746.3466

ANTHONY J. LATEMPA Anthony LaTempa, DMD 35 Fairview Ave. Verona, NJ 07044 973.239.4012

PHILIP M. ECHO Philip M. Echo, DMD 187 Washington Ave., Ste. 1B Nutley, NJ 07110 973.667.5844

JOSEPH M. DALBON The New Jersey Center for Laser and Cosmetic Dentistry 1019 Bloomfield Ave., Ste. 1A & 1B West Caldwell, NJ 07006 973.244.2424

GARY J. VITALE Metropolitan Craniofacial Center, PA 33 Clinton Rd., Ste. 101 West Caldwell, NJ 07006 973.575.8575

FOROUZAN GHAFFARI West Caldwell Dental Group 700 Passaic Ave. West Caldwell, NJ 07006 973.227.8188

HENRY J. FALK Metropolitan Craniofacial Center, PA 101 Old Short Hills Rd., Penthouse 2 West Orange, NJ 07052 973.736.7616

BENJAMIN H. JACOBS NJ Center for Oral Surgery 16 Smull Ave. Caldwell, NJ 07006 973.226.8444

THEODORE A. NIEBLOOM Metropolitan Craniofacial Center, PA 101 Old Short Hills Rd., Penthouse 2 West Orange, NJ 07052 973.736.7616

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ORTHODONTICS ANTHONY T. SURIANO Freda & Suriano Orthodontics 1310 Broad St. Bloomfield, NJ 07003 973.748.2248 MATTHEW J. PELUSO Peluso Orthodontics 441 Pompton Ave. Cedar Grove, NJ 07009 973.239.6300 ERIC M. SACKS Sacks Orthodontics 124 E. Mt. Pleasant Ave. Livingston, NJ 07039 973.251.2265 BRUCE E. OLLINS Ollins Orthodontics 653 Franklin Ave. Nutley, NJ 07110 973.667.0771 EDWARD D. GOLD Montclair Orthodontics 218 Lorraine Ave. Upper Montclair, NJ 07043 973.744.1912 HADLEY RUBINO Montclair Orthodontics 218 Lorraine Ave. Upper Montclair, NJ 07043 973.744.1912 GABRIEL J. OLLINS Ollins Orthodontics 653 Franklin Ave. Nutley, NJ 07110 973.667.0771

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PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY ROBERT E. SPIEGEL Dentistry For Children, PA 382 W. Passaic Ave. Bloomfield, NJ 07003 973.338.1383 FARIDEH GOLESTANI Kids & Family Dentistry 290 S. Livingston Ave. Livingston, NJ 07039 973.597.1818 SHARI SUMMERS Livingston Pediatric Dental Associates 315 E. Northfield Rd. Livingston, NJ 07039 973.992.5555 DAVID ST. LEDGER Upper Montclair Dental Associates 223 Lorraine Ave. Montclair, NJ 07043 973.746.6056

BARRY WAGENBERG Periodontics & Implant Dentistry PA 160 S. Livingston Ave., Ste. 110 Livingston, NJ 07039 973.994.9995 ROBERT N. ESKOW Robert N. Eskow, DMD, MScD 514 S. Livingston Ave Livingston, NJ 07039 973.992.9000 SAMANTHA AARON The Silverstrom Group 580 S. Livingston Ave. Livingston, NJ 07039 973.797.9393 GARY M. ROSENBLATT Dr. Gary Rosenblatt, Millburn Periodontics & Implants 187 Millburn Ave. Millburn, NJ 07041 973.379.4100

FRED P. APPELBAUM Nutley Pediatric Dentistry 500 Franklin Ave. Nutley, NJ 07110 973.667.5507

CHERYL J. GOREN ROBINS Suburban Periodontics & Implants 75 Main St., Ste. 107 Millburn, NJ 07041 973.467.5567

PERIODONTICS

ANNE C. HARTNETT Anne C. Hartnett, DDS 90 Park St. Montclair, NJ 07042 973.744.1555

STEVEN A. CAMPOLATTARO Steven A. Campolattaro, DMD 193 Fairfield Rd., Ste. 1 Fairfield, NJ 07004 973.227.0650 ERIC C. WEISS Livingston Periodontal & Implant Associates 340 E. Northfield Rd., Ste. 2A Livingston, NJ 07039 973.992.8600

LOUIS L. GALIANO Louis L. Galiano, DMD 25 Pompton Ave., Ste. 101A Verona, NJ 07044 973.239.2111 STEVEN R. SCRIVO Dr Steven Scrivo Periodontics, Dental Implants & Lanap Laser Periodontal Surgery 185 Fairfield Ave., Ste. 4A West Caldwell, NJ 07006 973.226.0063

TOP DENTISTS LISTINGS

MICHAEL W. FREDA Freda & Suriano Orthodontics 1310 Broad St. Bloomfield, NJ 07003 973.748.2248

PROSTHODONTICS G. GARY GREEN G. Gary Green, DMD 277 Bloomfield Ave. Caldwell, NJ 07006 973.440.2551 ELLIOT N. COHEN Dr. Elliot Cohen, DDS, DMD 22 Old Short Hills Rd., Ste. 208 Livingston, NJ 07039 973.740.0100 LOUIS A. DI PEDE Rutgers School of Dental Medicine 90 Bergen St., Ste. 7700 Newark, NJ 07103 973.972.2444

GEORGE J. PAPASIKOS George J. Papasikos, DMD, PA 55 Park St. Montclair, NJ 07042 973.783.2300 TREVOR F. SIMMONDS Dr. Trevor Simmonds, DDS 71 Valley St., Ste. 100 South Orange, NJ 07079 973.761.0961

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GERARD GONSALVES, D.M.D.

2168 Millburn Ave., Ste. 102, Maplewood, NJ 07040 • 973.763.1300 • maplewoodsmiles.com LOCATED IN THE HEART of Maplewood for over 25 years, Dr. Gerard Gonsalves established his practice with the clear goal to provide patients with the area’s most advanced dental healthcare in a comfortable, relaxed setting. A general dentistry practice for the entire family, Dr. Gonsalves and his staff are dedicated to the greater well-being of their patients. “The success of my practice is due in great part to my compassionate, highly trained staff. I am extremely proud of my team many of whom have been with me for at least 15 years,” says Dr. Gonsalves. “We are a relationship based practice and have been working with many of the same patients since day one.” Dr. Gonsalves believes that the key to good patient care is through the whole person rather than simply the teeth. By educating patients about preventative care during every hygiene

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visit, Dr. Gonsalves helps patients understand the importance of good oral health through honest, direct communication. He uses the latest technology and offers many services including dental implants and Invisalign. During multi-phase treatments, the practice works closely with surrounding specialists to best integrate patient care. A graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson College of Dental Medicine, Dr. Gonsalves completed a residency at Monmouth Medical Center. He remains close to the community where he grew up and is an Executive Board Member of the Maplewood YMCA and a Board Member of the Columbia High School Alumni Association. Education remains a strong component of the practice and Dr. Gonsalves and his staff are committed to ongoing continuing education courses.

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JOSEPH M. DALBON, D.M.D.

The New Jersey Center for Laser and Cosmetic Dentistry 1019 Bloomfield Ave., Ste. 1A & 1B, West Caldwell, NJ 07006 • 973.244.2424 • drdalbon.com LASER TECHNOLOGY opens up a new, stress-free level of dentistry. Dr. Joseph DalBon is one of the only dentists in New Jersey who is extensively skilled at using a combination of dental lasers to achieve an optimal outcome and comfortable treatments. “I typically don’t need to give a numbing injection or use a drill to restore a cavity,” Dr. DalBon says. “I haven’t given a child a needle to fill a cavity since I began using laser almost ten years ago.” Because of his advanced expertise in laser dentistry, Dr. DalBon trains dentists to use the technology. He is also one of a handful of dentists in the state who has been awarded a Fellowship from The Academy of Laser Dentistry. Dentistry has evolved in the last 15 years, Dr. DalBon adds, “From laser dentistry to digital scanning, we’ve replaced the dreaded goopy dental impressions, and also offers us the ability to give people new teeth in a day.” Dr. DalBon utilizes various wavelength lasers including Er:YAG, Nd:YAG and CO2, “Cold” lasers

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to heal damaged tissue and a laser cavity detector to diagnose decay. “I use lasers for gentle gum treatment for my patients with moderate to advanced gum disease so they don’t need to go to a periodontist to have their gums cut open. Lasers also aid me in root canals and oral surgery.” During every exam, Dr. DalBon uses the OralID system to detect fast growing inflammatory, pre-cancerous or cancerous lesions invisible to the eye. “It’s done at no charge because I never want a patient to skip this critical exam because they couldn’t afford it or it’s not covered by insurance,” says Dr. DalBon. Among his many educational achievements, Dr. DalBon has trained in neuromuscular and advanced restorative dentistry at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute. He is also currently obtaining a Masters in the Academy of General Dentistry, an award granted to less than one percent of dentists worldwide.

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LOUIS J. THEODOROU JR., D.M.D., F.A.G.D.

Glen Ridge Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, PA

89 Glenridge Ave., Glen Ridge, NJ 07028 • 973.743.6092 • glenridgedentist.com FOR ANYONE SEEKING the finest dental treatment in the Glen Ridge area, Dr. Lou Theodorou of Glen Ridge Cosmetic and Family Dentistry is uniquely qualified to service the comprehensive needs of every patient. He offers a complete range of general, family, cosmetic, implant and reconstructive options to provide each patient with a beautiful and healthy smile. Dr. Theodorou and his staff work with each patient to develop a customized treatment plan designed to exceed his or her individual goals and dental health needs. Whether patients are seeking crowns, bridges, veneers, implant restoration, root canals, or just basic dental care, this family practice located in a comfortable, state-of-the-art facility is the place to go. Dr. Theodorou treats patients of all ages, and offers Invisalign to correct tooth placement, Zoom! bleaching for those seeking a whiter and brighter smile, and Lumineers, a less invasive alternative to traditional veneers which can often be completed without any numbing injection. In the interest of safety, he utilizes

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digital x-rays, exposing his patients to only one-quarter of the radiation compared to a traditional x-ray. His membership in a Spear Study Group affords Dr. Theodorou the opportunity to keep up to date with the latest in treatment and technology. The Group consists of a select group of local dentists that meet regularly to compare complex cases and complex technology, thereby allowing Dr. Theodorou to continually expand the range of cases he can treat and services he can offer. A product of Glen Ridge himself, Dr. Theodorou grew up locally and graduated Glen Ridge High School in 1992 before earning degrees from Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He was subsequently awarded a fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry prior to purchasing his practice from the very same dentist who treated him in his youth. Glen Ridge Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offers Saturday and evening hours and emergency services. Most insurance providers and plans are accepted.

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JOHN HAMBERGER, D.M.D. JASON HAMBERGER, D.D.S.

Hamberger Dental Associates

155 S. Livingston Ave., Livingston, NJ 07039 • 973.992.0075 • HambergerDentalAssociates.com WHEN ASKED IF THERE IS a secret family recipe for excellence in dentistry, Drs. John and Jason Hamberger agree—it all comes down to listening to the needs and concerns of each individual patient to develop a treatment plan specifically tailored to them. Dr. Jason Hamberger joined his father’s practice of over 30 years, and together, they provide general and cosmetic dentistry with an emphasis on comfort and compassion in service and excellence in results. Their modern family dental practice offers comprehensive services, ranging from single fillings to full mouth reconstruction, for patients of all ages. They offer minimally invasive drill-less air abrasion technology to painlessly treat small areas of decay. Both dentists are skilled in endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, laser surgery, veneers and implants. Patients with multiple missing teeth may be candidates for the cutting edge “All-on-4®” treatment, which uses four implants to set one full arch, eliminating the need for dentures. The

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dentists and their dedicated staff take the time to ensure that patients truly understand all aspects of these and other dental procedures. They also work to accommodate their patients’ busy schedules, offering early morning, evening and weekend hours. Dr. John Hamberger graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey with honors, completed his dental residency at Overlook Hospital and received his residence degree from Columbia University. Dr. Jason Hamberger graduated with honors from the University of Maryland Dental School, with a dental residency at Morristown Memorial Hospital and received his residence degree from Mount Sinai Medical Center. He is a staff instructor at Morristown Memorial Hospital. Both doctors are active members of prestigious dental associations, and both Drs. John and Jason Hamberger are past presidents of the Western Essex Dental Association.

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SAMANTHA AARON, D.M.D. KRISTEN BLUMBERGER, D.M.D.

The Silverstrom Group

580 S. Livingston Ave., Livingston, NJ 07039 • 973.992.3990 • ReadyToSmile.com TWO CRITICAL FACTORS in making your smile great again are preventing and treating both gum disease and deep decay infection inside your teeth. This is why Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom assembled the preeminent Dental Dream Team under one roof in their Livingston, NJ office. Two board certified specialists on the Silverstrom dream team are New Jersey natives Dr. Samantha Aaron and Dr. Kristen Blumberger. As a board certified Periodontist and University of Michigan, University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ and NYU graduate, Dr. Aaron is dedicated to preempting and healing gum disease.  According to the Centers For Disease Control, nearly 50 percent of Americans over 30 years old have some form of gum disease that results in bleeding gums, bad breath, receding gums, sensitive teeth and eventually tooth loss.  Whether utilizing the latest pain-free protocols for scaling and root planing, pocket reduction therapy, bone grafting, gum

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surgery or antibiotic therapy, The Silverstrom Group provides comprehensive periodontal plastic surgery. Devoted to saving smiles with root canal therapy that is both quick and painless, Dr. Blumberger is an Endodontist who graduated from Tulane University, Tufts University and NYU. While most dental TV commercials proclaim dental implants as the only answer for failing teeth, this cookie cutter solution of extracting teeth is not always best for the patient. In fact, The Silverstrom Group’s pain-free root canal treatment can rescue your teeth when the pulp (the soft tissue inside your tooth) becomes inflamed or infected as a result of injury, decay or a cracked tooth. “Our Dental Dream Team is on your side to save your teeth, protect your health, restore your smile and actually put you, the patient, first,” said Dr. David Silverstrom. “Simple yet not easy to duplicate, our Silverstrom formula for success is: Brilliant Doctors + Better Technology + Superb Service = Happier and Healthier Patients.” 

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FOROUZAN GHAFFARI, D.M.D.

West Caldwell Dental Group

700 Passaic Ave., West Caldwell, NJ 07006 • 973.227.8188 • westcaldwelldental.com EVERYTHING A DENTAL PATIENT needs is under one roof at Dr. Forouzan Ghaffari’s practice. Dr. Ghaffari is a General Dentist who graduated from the university of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ with her degree in dental medicine and has completed a residency program at Columbia Presbyterian. Dr. Karen Capone is also a General Dentist who graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ and has been with the practice since 2007. In addition, West Caldwell Dental Group, established in 1980, has specialists in Endodontics (Dr. Lisa Cohen, NJ Specialty #6152), Pedodontics (Dr. Randy Zultowsky, NJ Specialty #6183), and Oral Surgery (Dr. Bruce Hirshorn, NJ Specialty #3351). Dr. Ghaffari has practiced dentistry for over 20 years alongside an excellent office staff who has been with her most of the past two decades she has been with the West Caldwell Dental Group. “Our patients’ dental health, welfare and comfort are our top priorities. We try to accommodate all of our patients’ needs.

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For example, we will try to accommodate our patients with small children by coordinating their appointments so they don’t need to make multiple trips.” Dr. Ghaffari’s office is outfitted with the latest digital X-rays, digital impressions and laser. “The technology has made sitting in the chair a much more pleasant experience for our patients,” she adds. The West Caldwell Dental team loves what they do. “When you come to our office, you notice immediately that together we are patient-focused and dedicated to the dental health of our community,” adds Dr. Ghaffari. “We are proud to announce that we have even reached across the globe by partnering with Operation Smile, donating enough to cover over 1,000 cleft palate operations for children and we consider this our biggest accomplishment.” Dr. Ghaffari is now focused on opening one of New Jersey’s largest dental offices complete with 14 treatment rooms, in an underserved area to provide dental care to children and people in need.

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BARRY WAGENBERG, D.M.D.

Periodontics & Implant Dentistry

Livingston: 160 South Livingston Ave., Ste. 110, Livingston, NJ 07039 • 973.994.9995 Roselle Park: 744 Galloping Hill Road, Roselle Park, NJ 07204 • 908.245.3500 drwagenberg.com “WHAT SETS US APART is our integration of periodontal therapy with a comprehensive approach, including restorative dentistry,” says Dr. Barry Wagenberg, who has practiced periodontics since 1974. “We develop treatment plans in consultation with our colleagues to coordinate all aspects of patient care.” Dr. Wagenberg provides state-of-the-art periodontal and implant services and is a pioneer in same-day implant placement. While he has done more than 13,500 dental implants, his goal is to save teeth. He offers laser-assisted periodontal treatment, an alternative to conventional therapy. “We strive to provide longlasting, aesthetic results, delivered with minimal discomfort and cost,” he says. Most of his staff have been with him longer than 20 years. An alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and Columbia University’s graduate periodontal program, Dr. Wagenberg is director of dental education at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and a clinical associate professor at NYU. A noted educator, researcher and author, he strives to be at the forefront of his field. Dr. Wagenberg received the 2014 Master Clinician Award from the American Academy of Periodontology as well as the Prestigious Hirschfeld Award (2013) and Scopp Award (2008) from the Northeastern Society of Periodontists.

HAROLD A. POLLACK, D.D.S.

Beautiful Smiles

280 Millburn Ave., Millburn, NJ 07041 • 973.467.0720 • beautifulsmilesnj.com DR. HAROLD POLLACK’S reputation as a caring dentist devoted to building rapport with his patients by truly listening to their needs is why generations of patients trust him to provide beautiful, long-lasting dentistry. For over three decades, Dr. Pollack has practiced family, cosmetic and restorative/implant dentistry in the community in which he was raised. His conservative approach is based on a threephase plan that first takes into consideration health, functionality and then aesthetics. He believes in preserving tooth structure to ensure best outcomes. For example when appropriate, he prefers onlays and inlays instead of crowns, and DURAthin veneers, which are very thin porcelain customized pieces adhered directly to the front of teeth without grinding or shaving. Dr. Pollack is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Dental Association and a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. He has been recognized as one of the “Best Dentists in America” by the National Consumer Advisory Board, consistently named by his peers as “Top Dentist” as featured in NJ Monthly, and has also been recognized by NJ Family Magazine as a “Favorite Kids’s Doc.”

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Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

187 Washington Ave., Nutley, NJ 07110 • 973.661.2929 • drjpagandmd.com DR. JOSE PAGAN’S PRACTICE grew through patient referrals for many reasons, including his gentle and excellent dentistry. But he also learned his commitment to honesty and to deep compassion not only from his upbringing in a large and loving family, but because of his experience completing his residency at a VA Hospital with a diverse population of patients and treatment challenges. After training at UMDNJ and the VA Hospital, Dr. Pagan opened his private practice in Nutley. He has 20 years of experience practicing in general and cosmetic dentistry including crowns, porcelain veneers, extractions, restorations, root canals, implants and much more. “My passion is cosmetic dentistry,” he says. “I love being able to make people happy by restoring their smile and improving their dental hygiene.” Dr. Pagan’s staff is bilingual which makes it easy for patients to communicate and ask any questions in reference to any treatment being performed. His office is also equipped with the latest technology in order to make patients treatment more efficient, as well as comfortable.

TOP DENTISTS PROFILES

JOSE A. PAGAN, D.M.D., P.C.

DAVID I. FERGUSON, D.D.S.

Ferguson Dental Associates

177 Gordonhurst Ave., Montclair, NJ 07043 • 973.744.3181 • fergusdental.com FERGUSON DENTAL ASSOCIATES has been providing the Montclair community with outstanding family dental treatment for over three generations. A graduate of both the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland Dental School, the award-winning Dr. David Ferguson has been at the helm of the practice since 1997. In 2105, he proudly welcomed Dr. Jessica Joseph, a graduate of Cornell University and UMDNJ, to their growing practice. Dr. Ferguson believes strongly in practicing dentistry in a patient friendly environment, utilizing the most advanced dental methods and appropriate anxiety control. He has advanced training in surgical treatment of dental disease and keeps up to date with the latest procedures and state-of-the-art technology in dentistry and periodontics. Dr. Ferguson is able to complete crowns in a single office visit with the aid of computer design and manufacturing. He embraced dental implants early in his career, and a 3D extra-oral x-ray machine allows him to provide the full spectrum of services necessary for successful implants in the comfort of his office. “The experienced, caring team at Ferguson Dental is an integral part of our mission to provide the best dental care in a relaxed, patient-friendly setting,” says Dr. Ferguson.

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MICHAEL FREDA, D.M.D. ANTHONY T. SURIANO, D.M.D.

Freda & Suriano Orthodontics

BERNARDSVILLE: 122 Morristown Rd (Rt. 202), Bernardsville, NJ 07924 • 908.766.2555 HACKETTSTOWN: 2A Doctor’s Park (Seber Rd.), Hackettstown, NJ 07840 • 908.852.1252 CHESTER: 191 Main St., Chester, NJ 07930 • 908.879.0987 BLOOMFIELD: 1310 Broad St., Bloomfield, NJ 07003 • 973.748.2248 fsorthodontics.com

ORTHODONTIA IS an important investment and Drs. Michael Freda and Anthony Suriano focus on educating patients and parents to cultivate patient compliance and involvement. The practice’s guiding philosophy has generated greater patient interest which translates to better orthodontic results in less treatment time—and much happier patients and parents. Dr. Freda and Dr. Suriano are dedicated to orthodontia because it offers patients the greatest opportunity to improve their self-perception and esteem. “We never underestimate this responsibility and always find it gratifying,” says Dr. Freda. Advanced functional and esthetic methods allow Drs. Freda and Suriano to better achieve treatment objectives. For example, Invisalign’s nearly invisible corrective retainer design appeals to younger patients and also adults. “Today, our younger patients are aware of treatment options and the speed of delivery using these advancements,” says Dr. Suriano. Drs. Freda and Suriano were trained at the most prestigious institutions and are proud of their reputation and experience. They view their patients as family and will always subscribe to treatment philosophy predicated on personalized care and individualized attention.

G. GARY GREEN, D.M.D. 277 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell, NJ 07006 • 973.228.0252 • GaryGreenDentist.Com ARE YOU UNHAPPY with your smile? Maybe your dentures don’t fit right and create sore spots. Are your teeth cracked or missing? You need to call us. Come in and talk. We offer a free consultation! Dr. Green is excited, as well as passionate about helping you create the smile of your dreams. He has extensive post doctoral training and is certified in Prosthetic Dentistry and Implant Surgery. What does that mean? It means that Dr. Green’s expertise and cutting edge techniques allow you to have all of your dental needs met in one office. His ability to perform minimally invasive implant surgery, gets you your dental implants fast with reduced pain and permanent fixed teeth. Smile makeovers and full mouth restorations can be achieved with crowns, veneers and invisible braces. Let us work with you to help you make the smile you are proud of. P.S. – We do general dentistry too!

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Richard C. Schonberg, D.M.D., F.A.G.D.

225 Millburn Ave., Ste. 205, Millburn, NJ 07041 • 973.379.2730 • drschonberg.com THE OFFICE OF Dr. Richard C. Schonberg, D.M.D., located in Millburn, prides itself of the level of care it offers each patient. At the heart of this family practice is Dr. Schonberg himself, whose education, coupled with his continued and advanced training, provides patients with the finest in dental care. Dr. Schonberg is honored to receive a 99% patient approval rating, and attributes this to the love his patients have for him and his staff. “Everything we do has aesthetics and comfort in mind,” he says. Very often, his expertise benefits patients when he is able to perform work for them that they had previously been told was impossible by other dentists. He doesn’t rush to implants when teeth can be saved, and takes a conservative, yet high-tech and modern approach to dental treatment. His commitment and dedication to technology, as well as patient care and comfort, results in his being consistently honored by both his peers and his patients.

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Tastes

soup’s on! What’s more comforting than a piping-hot bowl of soup? Knowing that it’s fewer than 250 calories per serving! Enjoy!

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watercress with balsamic beet-roast chickpeas and parsley crab Yield: 4 servings

Calories: 238 per serving

Ingredients FOR THE CHICKPEAS n  1 cup beet juice n 1 Tbs. balsamic vinegar n 1 14-oz. can of chickpeas,

drained, rinsed and dried n Salt and pepper

FOR THE SOUP ½ small leek, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, chopped 1 celery rib, coarsely chopped 1 large zucchini (approximately 9 oz.), coarsely chopped n ½ Tbs. olive oil n 2¼ cups vegetable or chicken stock n 3 sun-dried tomatoes n 3½ oz. fresh white crabmeat n Few sprigs of parsley or tarragon, finely chopped n Squeeze of lemon juice n 12 oz. watercress n 1½ cups unsweetened soy milk

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Directions To make the chickpeas, place the beet juice and balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, until the liquid has reduced to about ¼ cup and has a thick syrupy consistency. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the chickpeas in a small baking pan and pour over half of the syrup, mixing well. Season and roast for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, pour over the remaining syrup and roast for another 10 to 15 minutes, keeping an eye to make sure the syrup does not burn. When ready, set aside. Sauté the leek, garlic, celery and zucchini in the olive oil and 1 tablespoon of water for about 5 to 8 minutes. Add a splash more water if necessary. Pour in the stock, then the sun-dried tomatoes. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Mix the crabmeat with the chopped parsley or tarragon, and then season with salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice. Refrigerate until needed. Removed the sun-dried tomatoes then add the watercress and soy milk. Simmer for a couple of minutes to soften. Blend until smooth and season to taste. Serve, topped with a spoonful of crabmeat and a scattering of chickpeas.

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carrot, coconut and ginger with cilantro sambal

Yield: 4 servings Calories: 227 per serving

Ingredients n 1¼ cups fresh coconut, grated n ½ tsp. cumin seeds n ½ tsp. coriander seeds n 2 shallots, diced n 1 garlic clove, coarsely chopped n 5 Tbs. ginger, peeled and grated n ½ tsp. chile flakes n ½ Tbs. coconut oil n 1½ lbs. carrots n 3 cups vegetable or chicken stock

Directions If using a whole coconut, prepare it by piercing the three eyes with a skewer, and drain out the liquid. Then, wrap it in a towel, place on a hard surface, such as the floor (or take it outside), and give it a firm blow with a hammer to crack it open. Use a spoon to gently lift the flesh away from the harder exterior and remove the brown skin using a potato peeler if desired.

CILANTRO SAMBAL

Add the carrots, fresh coconut and stock. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 to 35 minutes until the carrots are soft.

n 2 cups cilantro, coarsely

chopped n 1½ /3 cup grated fresh coconut n 1 Tbs. ginger, peeled and

grated n 1 small green chile, seeded

and coarsely chopped n Juice of 1 lime n Salt and pepper

Toast the cumin and coriander seeds in a small frying pan for about 2 minutes, then grind in a mortar and pestle. Sauté the shallots, garlic, ginger, chile flakes and ground spices in the coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of water for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add a splash of water if the mixture sticks to the pan.

To make the sambal, place the cilantro, grated coconut, ginger and chile into a mini food processor and pulse to a coarse, dry paste. Stir in the lime juice and season to taste. When the soup is ready, blend until smooth, season and serve topped with the sambal.

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superfood chowder

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients n 1 ½/3 cup black quinoa n Pinch of salt n 1½ cups unsweetened soy milk n 9 oz. smoked haddock n 1 bay leaf n 1 onion, peeled and halved n 6 peppercorns n 1 medium leek, finely sliced n 1 garlic clove, chopped n ½ Tbs. olive oil n 1 fresh corn on the cob n 3 cups vegetable stock n 5½ oz. spinach, finely shredded n 3 Tbs. chives, finely chopped

Calories: 241 per serving

Directions Place the quinoa in a strainer and rinse under cold water. Transfer to a small saucepan, cover with 2½3 cup water, add a pinch of salt, bring to a boil and cook with the lid on for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave undisturbed for 5 minutes so that the grains absorb any remaining water. Return to the strainer and run under cold water again to cool completely. Set aside until needed. Place the soy milk in a medium saucepan with the smoked haddock, bay leaf, onion halves and peppercorns. Slowly bring to a boil and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Strain and set the cooking broth aside. Clean the saucepan and return to the heat. Sauté the leek and garlic in the oil and 1 tablespoon of water over low heat for about 5 minutes, until soft and translucent. Stand the corn upright and slide the blade of a sharp knife along the length of the cob, removing the kernels as you do so. Add these to the saucepan, along with the reserved cooking broth and the vegetable stock. Add the cob for added flavor. Bring to a boil, immediately reduce to a simmer, and cook for 7 to 10 minutes. When ready, remove the cob and used a slotted spoon to skim any foam that has formed on the surface. Add the cooked quinoa, along with the spinach and fish. Bring to just below boiling point, season to taste, garnish with some chopped chives and serve immediately.

Reprinted with permission from Skinny Soups by Kathryn Brouton © 2017 Kyle Books, and photographs © Laura Edwards. No images may be used, in print or electronically, without written consent from the publisher.

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Beating Flay was no fluke No wonder this Verona restaurant’s proprietor bested a famous chef on TV. Her dinners are winners. These days, portion size is often inversely proportional to a meal’s quality. But that couldn’t be further from the truth at Ariane Kitchen & Bar in Verona. With seasonal menus of comfort food and palate-pleasing flavor combinations, this restaurant serves generously—and you’re grateful for every bite. Chef and proprietor Ariane Duarte, who was in the kitchen cooking for us on the night we visited, was a competitor on Top Chef in 2009 and went on to out-cook famed chef Bobby Flay on a special Food Network show some years later. Duarte previously owned CulinAriane, a BYO in Montclair. She opened Ariane in 2014 with partner John MacEvoy, proprietor of the popular Verona Inn just two blocks down Bloomfield Avenue. The plain exterior belies a spacious interior fronted by a full bar and a few rows of raised pub tables that seat about eight. At the rear of the room is a dining area punctuated with a row of modern-looking, richly colored upholstered wingback chairs. We were seated on this side of the space at a wooden two-seater topped with woven placemats. Our charming server, Courtney, swiftly retrieved our two requested glasses of pinot grigio and relayed the night’s specials. Shortly thereafter, a basket of three small croissants with a pat of butter arrived at the table. The croissants were incredible—a flaky, firm shell and soft, buttery goodness inside. When the trio disappeared, Courtney asked if we wanted more. We said no, but our faces must’ve been saying the opposite: Another basket magically appeared. My companion immediately expressed her pleasure with the menu offerings, particularly the starters, and chose for herself the pretzel salad. After much internal debate, I went with the oysters. Neither of us was disappointed when the appetizer course arrived. True to its name, the salad was topped with pretzel chunks that were perfectly crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, if a bit oversalted. Served on a bed of kale with Gruyere cheese and apples,

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the salad was lightly dressed with a grain mustard vinaigrette. My plate held six cornmeal-crusted oysters, served on the half shell on a pillow of airy horseradish cream, a lovely flavor combination. For my main course, I selected the AKB burger—a perfectly medium-rare patty of American Kobe beef and a healthy slab of fried green tomato topped with cheddar, pickled shallots and a harissa aioli on a sesame bun. The flavors blended wonderfully on the palate, and the lightly seasoned, thick-cut fries and homemade ketchup were the perfect accompaniment. The portion was so large, I just had to take half home. My dining partner couldn’t wait to try the juniper-cured porterhouse pork chop, which our server called the best thing on the menu. A beast of a chop if I ever saw one, it was served to order medium-well and the meat was juicy despite the size of the cut. The Brussels sprouts came a bit scorched on the outside but with just the right amount of crunch, and the cheddar grits were creamy. The apple butter bacon onion jam (say that three times fast!) perfectly finished the plate. For a side, we split the Gruyere mac and cheese, which Courtney proclaimed to be the best she’s ever had. Smooth and incredibly cheesy, it had a pleasantly smoky taste. We stopped halfway through generously portioned entrées in anticipation of sampling the dessert menu. We each quickly found a favorite. I had the deliciously creamy dark chocolate panna cotta topped with malted whipped cream and slightly bitter cocoa bits; my companion couldn’t resist the Meyer lemon curd, served atop crushed vanilla wafer and topped with a meringue she likened to “eating a lollipop with Fluff.” The menu pricing is reasonable for food of this caliber and plate size. Ariane’s top-notch cuisine, décor and servers perfectly harmonize for a pleasant dining experience. It’s worth a repeat trip. —Nicole Canfora Lupo Ariane Kitchen & Bar, 706 Bloomfield Ave., Verona, 973.744.0533; arianekb.com

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casual

family

THATCHER MCGHEE’S

BErnardsville

The Grill on broadway Upscale American fare including small plates to share, 18 Broadway, 973.370.5321

fare featuring a selection of award-winning beers, Restaurant Village at Long Valley, 1 Fairmount Rd., 908.876.1122

BOONTON

LA CUCINA Italian fare specializing in brick oven pizza and delicatessen catering, 278 Diamond Spring Rd., 973.627.6200

MADISON

THE SECOND HALF ON MAIN Traditional American cuisine, 5 E. Main St., Ste. #15, 973.784.4040

SOHO 33 Sophisticated, eclectic comfort cuisine, 33 Main St., 973.822.2600

Sogo Contemporar y Asian fusion and hibachi, 248 Route 46 West, 973.784.4981

Takuma Japanese cuisine, 42 Lincoln Pl., 973.295.6868

THATCHER MCGHEE’S Irish pub and eater y, 53 Broadway, 973.586.3377

MAPLEWOOD

the bernards inn Fine dining with an award-winning wine collection, 27 Mine Brook Rd., 908.766.0002 CHILI WILLIE’S MEXICAN RESTAURANT Authentic Mexican cuisine specializing in homemade salsa with fresh ingredients, 702 Main St., 973.299.8775 THAI PING Traditional Thai cuisine, 811 Main Ave., 973.335.9541

CALDWELL

CLOVERLEAF TAVERN American cuisine and beer bar with a family-casual atmosphere, 395 Bloomfield Ave., 973.226.9812 IL VECCHIO CAFÉ Italian offerings including homemade pastas, paninis and calzones, Calandra’s Italian Village, 234 Bloomfield Ave., 973.226.8889 Skara Estiatorio Classic Greek cuisine, 300 Bloomfield Ave., 862.702.3098

CHATHAM

D’ORO RISTORANTE Fresh, light Italian fare, BYO, 219 Main St., 973.701.6990 RESTAURANT SERENADE Contemporar y French cuisine, 6 Roosevelt Ave., 973.701.0303

Yama Sushi Japanese cuisine well-known for its sushi, 5 E. Main St., Ste. #5, 973.627.7712

EAST HANOVER

DON JOSE Authentic Mexican cuisine, 200 Route 10 West #7, 973.781.0155

BLACK HORSE TAVERN AND PUB Continental and American fare, 1 W. Main St., 973.543.7300

PENANG MALAYSIAN CUISINE Authentic Malaysian and Thai fare, 200 Route 10 West #8, 973.887.6989

piattino New Age Italian fare, with stone-fired oven and cocktails from scratch, 88 E. Main St., 973.543.0025

FAIRFIELD

CHESTER

LIVINGSTON

REDWOODS GRILL AND BAR American cuisine with an emphasis on grilled beef, seafood and vegetables, 459 Main St., 908.879.7909

DENVILLE

CAFÉ METRO Healthy American fare in a casual atmosphere, 460 Diamond Spring Rd., 973.625.1055

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TANDOORI CHEF II Authentic Indian cuisine, 6 Highland Pl., 973.763.6770 VERJUS Eclectic fare with modern French influences, 1790 Springfield Ave., 973.378.8990

JOSE TEJAS Mexican fare, 647 Route 46 West, 973.808.8201

THE PUBLICK HOUSE TAVERN & INN Continental fare with Italian influences and live entertainment, 111 Main St., 908.879.6878

LORENA’S Sophisticated French BYO featuring foie gras, 168 Maplewood Ave., 973.763.4460

BREANNA’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT Italian cuisine specializing in seafood dishes and center-cut pork chops, 34 Ridgedale Ave., 973.581.1418

SCALINI FEDELI Modern Italian with a French flair, 63 Main St., 973.701.9200 FORMOSA CHINESE RESTAURANT & SUSHI BAR Traditional Chinese fare with fresh seafood options, 79 W. Main St., 908.879.4848

54 MAIN An extensive menu of American cuisine, 54 Main St., 973.966.0252

MENDHAM

MILLBURN

BASILICO Upscale Italian fare with modern twists on traditional favorites, 324 Millburn Ave., 973.379.7020

EPPES ESSEN Jewish home-style cooking, 105 E. Mount Pleasant Ave., 973.994.1120

CARA MIA Upscale, traditional Italian fare, 194 Essex St., 973.379.8989

Lithos Traditional Greek cuisine, 405 Eisenhower Pkwy., 973.758.1111

TINGA TAQUERIA Casual Mexican and barbecue, 321 Millburn Ave., 973.218.9500

STRIP HOUSE Steak house with an extensive wine list, Westminster Hotel, 550 W. Mount Pleasant Ave., 973.548.0050

MONTCLAIR

Thavma mediterranean Grill Mediterranean fare that combines Greek and Middle Eastern specialties, 6230 Town Center Way, 973.992.8999

LONG VALLEY

LONG VALLEY PUB AND BREWERY American

EGAN & SONS American pub food, featuring seasonal salads, seafood and burgers, 118 Walnut St., 973.744.1413 Halcyon Upscale seafood restaurant and lounge, 114 Walnut St., 973.744.4450 Mesob Ethiopian food with gluten-free and vegan options, 515 Bloomfield Ave., 973.655.9000

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Pig & Prince High-end pub fare featuring extensive beer list, 1 Lackawanna Plz., 973.233.1006

Mysore Woodlands Fine South Indian Vegetarian cuisine, 296 Route 46 West, 973.227.8191

Toast American cuisine with vegetarian/vegan menu, 700 Bloomfield Ave., 973.509.8099

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE American steak house, 1 Hilton Ct., 973.889.1400

THE WOOD PIT Casual American barbecue specializing in ribs, 108-110 Bloomfield Ave., 973.954.4679

CAFÉ AZZURO Upscale Italian, BYO, 141 Main St., 908.470.1470

MONTVILLE

COLUMBIA INN Italian and American cuisine and thin-crust pizza, 29 Route 202, 973.263.1300

PEAPACK-GLADSTONE

NINETY ACRES Eclectic fare featuring local, seasonal items and a vast wine list, 2 Main St., 908.901.9500

PINE BROOK

The MONT VILLE INN Contemporar y American fare, 167 Route 202, 973.541.1234

China pavilion Authentic cuisine featuring seafood classics, 263 Changebridge Rd., 973.227.1006

MORRIS PLAINS

DON PEPE STEAK HOUSE Spanish steak house, 58 Route 46 West, 973.808.5533

arthur’s tavern Neighborhood steak house, 700 Speedwell Ave., 973.455.9705 Cinnamon Indian fare cooked in a clay oven, 2920 Route 10 West, 973.734.0040

MORRISTOWN

ECLECTIC GRILLE Upscale American food with French, Italian and Mexican influences, 3 Speedwell Ave., 973.647.1234 End Of Elm New American fare, 140 Morris St., 973.998.4534 GEORGE & MARTHA’S Fine American fare featuring fresh steak and seafood, 6771 Morris St., 973.267.4700 GK’S RED DOG TAVERN Eclectic, contemporar y American dining, 1 Convent Rd., 973.585.5700 THE GRAND CAFÉ French Continental with Asian fusion, 42 Washington St., 973.540.9444 GRASSHOPPER off the green Traditional Irish pub and restaurant, 41-43 Morris St., 973.285.5150 gUERRIERO’S RISTORANTE Authentic Neapolitan-style dishes, 162 South St., 973.267.5055

RANDOLPH

Morris Tap & Grill New American gastropub with vegetarian and gluten-free options, 500 Route 10 West, 973.891.1776

RIVERDALE

ROSEMARY AND SAGE Contemporar y American cuisine, 26 Hamburg Tpk., 973.616.0606

ROCK AWAY

CAFFE NAVONA Creative regional Italian cuisine, 147 Route 46 West, 973.627.1606 THE EXCHANGE American pub food featuring steaks, seafood and salads, 160 E. Main St., 973.627.8488 Riviera Maya Authentic Mexican cuisine, 116 Route 46. 862.209.1999 THAI NAM PHET Traditional Thai, BYO, 296 Route 46 East, 973.627.8400

SHORT HILLS

The Dining Room Traditional American farm-to-table cuisine in the casual luxur y of the Hilton Short Hills, 41 JFK Pkwy., 973.912.4756

La Campagna Italian fine dining, 5 Elm St., 973.644.4943

JOE’S AMERICAN BAR & GRILL Traditional American cuisine featuring fresh ingredients, The Mall at Short Hills, 1200 Morris Tpk., 973.379.4444

market Taverne American fare with a French twist, 995 Mt. Kemble Ave., 908.502.5106

Legal sea foods Upscale eater y featuring fresh fish, The Mall at Short Hills, 1200 Morris Tpk., 973.467.0089

The office Tavern Grill Fun, family-friendly eater y offering fresh twists on all-American pub fare, 3 South St., 973.285.0220

SOUTH ORANGE

ORIGIN THAI II Elegant French-Thai eater y, 10 South St., 973.971.9933

above restaurant and bar New American fare with full bar, 1 S. Orange Ave., 973.762.2683

PA ZZO PA ZZO Fresh, regional Italian food, 74 Speedwell Ave., 973.898.6606

TOWACO

Rod’s Steak & Seafood Grille Sur f and tur f fare with extensive wine list, 1 Convent Rd., 973.539.6666 RoOTS STEAKHOUSE Old-fashioned New York style steakhouse, 40 W. Park Pl., 973.326.1800 SIRIN Authentic Thai fare, 3 Pine St., 973.993.9122 Top’s China CHINESE RESTAURANT Chinese cuisine, 74 Morris St., 973.889.8819

NEWARK

ADEGA GRILL Fine Portuguese and Spanish cuisine with a large wine selection, 130 Ferr y St., 973.589.0550 DON PEPE Traditional Spanish cuisine, offering fresh lobster and steak specials, 844 McCarter Hwy., 973.623.4662 FORNO’S OF SPAIN RESTAURANT Authentic Spanish cuisine featuring fresh seafood, 47 Ferr y St., 973.589.4767

Rails Steakhouse Upscale yet casual steakhouse featuring a seasonal menu, 10 Whitehall Rd., 973.335.0006

Upper montcl air

dai-Kichi Japanese and sushi fare featuring weekly specials, 608 Valley Rd., 973.744.2954 Four seasons kebab house Authentic Turkish cuisine, 594 Valley Rd., 973.707.7651 Jackie’s Grillette Healthy Mediterranean fare and fresh salads, 614 Valley Rd., 973.744.0090 T.S. MA CHINESE CUISINE Fresh, healthy and authentic Chinese cuisine in an intimate and inviting setting, with an emphasis on special Shanghai dishes, 199 Bellevue Ave., 973.509.8878 Upstairs Seasonal New American fare featuring specialty martinis, 608 Valley Rd., 973.744.4144 uptown 596 Upscale bistro food, 596 Valley Rd., 973.744.0915

IBERIA Peninsula Casual Portuguese and Spanish fare featuring skewered chicken, beef, pork and sausage, 63-69 Ferr y St., 973.344.5611

VEGGIE HEAVEN Exclusively vegetarian Asian fare, offering meatless substitutes for all Chinese classics, 631 Valley Rd., 973.783.1088

SEABRA’S MARISQUEIRA Fine Portuguese fare specializing in fresh seafood, 87 Madison St., 973.465.1250

WEST ORANGE

SPANISH TAVERN Classic Spanish fare with an emphasis on pairing the right Spanish wine with the meal, 103 McWhorter St. #A, 973.589.4959

NUTLEY

AMERICAN BISTRO Italian-American fare, 24 Washington Ave., 973.235.0505 FRANKLIN STEAKHOUSE & TAVERN Casual American steak house featuring a variety of beef, seafood and salad options, 238 Franklin Ave., 973.667.1755

HIGHLAWN PAVILION New American cuisine with fresh seasonal produce, Eagle Rock Reser vation, 1 Crest Dr., 973.731.3463 THE MANOR RESTAURANT Upscale American and French cuisine with fresh seasonal produce, 111 Prospect Ave., 973.731.2360 MCLOONE’S BOATHOUSE Upscale interpretations of American classics, 9 Cherr y Ln., 862.252.7108 SUZY QUE’s Southern barbecue cuisine, 34 S. Valley Rd., 973.736.7899

QUEEN MARGHERITA TRATTORIA Traditional Italian cuisine, specializing in brickoven pizzas, 246 Washington Ave., 973.662.0007

WHARTON

RALPH’S pizzeria Italian dining with award-winning pizza, 564 Franklin Ave., 973.235.1130

WHIPPANY

PARSIPPANY

ECCOLA ITALIAN BISTRO Italian fare with daily specials, 1082 Route 46 West, 973.334.8211 MIRCH MASALA GRILL Fine Indian cuisine, 1521 Route 46, 973.335.6050

HOT RODS Southern-style comfort food and barbecue, 175 N. Main St., 973.361.5050 AULD SHEBEEN Authentic Irish pub, specializing in Irish meat loaf wrapped in maple bacon and hearty Guinness-and-beef stew, 1401 Route 10 East, 973.583.8811 IL CAPRICCIO Italian fare featuring fresh seafood, 633 Route 10 East, 973.884.9175

For a complete list of dining options, visit the “where to eat” section of mSXhealthandlife.com.

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Witness an out-ofthis-world per formance at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show, March 9–12.

Get your Irish on at the Morris County St.Patrick’s Day Parade, March 12.

FEB 18 Lace up your sneakers—it’s

time for the annual FEBAPPLE FROZEN FIFTY in Maplewood. Choose from the 50 mile at 7 a.m., 50 kilometer at 8 a.m., 20 mile at 9 a.m. and 10 mile at 10 a.m. You’ll find the starting line at the Summit Field picnic area off of Bear Lane. Registration: $55–$105. Register at njtrailseries.com.

FEB 18 & 25 Looking for a new hobby? Take the basic BEE KEEPING COURSE at the Essex County Environmental Center in Roseland. Participants will learn all aspects of beekeeping, including the purchasing and assembling of equipment; harvesting, extracting and bottling honey; and the basics of disease and mite management. This course is for adults and children ages 12 and older. Fee: $155. Find out more at njbeekeepers.org. FEB 20

Celebrate Presidents’ Day while learning about one of our country’s most recognized leaders. The Macculloch Hall Historical Museum in Morristown presents ABRAHAM LINCOLN REMEMBERED. Session times: 10–11:30 a.m., 1–2:30 p.m., 3:30–5 p.m. The program is geared toward children 7–12 years old. Admission: $6 for members, $8 for nonmembers. Preregistration is required. Register at morristourism.org.

FEB 25–MAR 3 Montclair University presents WEST SIDE STORY at the Alexander Kasser Theater in Montclair. Set

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in 1950s Manhattan, this timely retelling of Romeo and Juliet is sure to pull on your heartstrings. Admission: $15, FREE for undergraduate students. For show times and tickets, visit montclair.edu.

MAR 9–12 Prepare for takeoff with the Circus Space Fleet at the RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY PRESENTS OUT OF THIS WORLD performance at the Prudential Center in Newark. Join them on their heroic quest through the galaxy. Tickets start at $15. Head to prucenter.com to purchase yours. MAR 9–12 The second annual SOMA FILM FESTIVAL returns to the South Orange Performance Center and the Maplewood Theater. The festival will feature independent short and feature narrative films, director Q&A’s, an opening night party and a local filmmakers program. Tickets: $25–$85 for festival passes, $25 for opening party. Visit sopacnow.org. MAR 11 The New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark presents HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE IN CONCERT. Relive the magic of the Harry Potter film series in high-definition on a 40-foot screen while listening to the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra perform the unforgettable soundtrack of the series’ first film. Show times are 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets start at $29. Get yours at njpac.org.

MAR 11 In the mood for an elegant afternoon of tea? Bring your young ones to MATILDA’S TEA: FASCINATING FASCINATORS at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris County, 2–4 p.m. Come hatless and leave with a self-made fabulous fascinator, just like the ones young women wore more than a century ago and the ones Princess Kate Middleton wears today. Admission: $25. Find more info at arboretumfriends.org. MAR 12 For nearly 40 years the MORRIS COUNTY ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE has been celebrating Irish culture in a spectacle that draws thousands of people. Rain or shine, the parade will begin at the Morristown Green and take place from noon–2 p.m. Admission: FREE. Find more info at paradeday.com. MAR 12 Join DR. SEUSS’ THE CAT IN THE HAT on this classic adventure. Don’t miss the mischief–Dr. Seuss’ characters will take the stage at both 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown. Tickets: $12–$15. For ages 3–10. With some tricks, a fish, Thing Two and Thing One, and the Cat in The Hat, the fun’s never done! Head to mayoarts.org. Send event listings to: Morris/Essex Health & Life, 110 Summit Ave., Montvale, NJ 07645; or email us at editor@wainscotmedia.com. Listings must be received two months before the event and must include a phone number or website that will be published.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS FEBRUARY & MARCH 2017

Unless noted, all of the following programs are free and require registration. For a complete list of programs and to register online, please visit: barnabashealth.org/sbmcevents. PROGRAM LOCATIONS: SBMC - Saint Barnabas Medical Center, 94 Old Short Hills Road, Livingston, NJ

Fly Red for Heart Disease To Benefit the Heart Center at SBMC

Alzheimer’s & Related Dementias With Dr. Theresa Redling

Cooked & Uncorked To Benefit the Burn Center at SBMC

21st Century Orthopedics: Where Art Meets Science With Dr. Craig Wright

Diabetes Self-Management Class

Taking Care of Yourself Inside & Out

February 26; sessions at 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm Millburn Flywheel, 351 Millburn Ave., Millburn www.barnabashealth.org/FlyRed

February 27; 6:00 to 9:00 pm Pines Manor, 2085 NJ-27, Edison www.cookedanduncorked.com

BHACC - Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center, 200 South Orange Ave., Livingston, NJ JCC MetroWest - Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC MetroWest, 760 Northfield Ave., West Orange, NJ (programs are open to the general public) Those interested in learning more about the latest programs and services offered by Saint Barnabas Medical Center and Barnabas Health Outpatient Centers can sign up for our free, monthly E-newsletter by visiting tinyurl.com/sbmcnews.

March 1, 8, 15, 22; 6:00 to 8:00 pm BHACC • 973-322-2174

Weight Loss Surgical Options

March 20; 2:30 pm Winchester Gardens, 333 Elmwood Ave, Maplewood 1-888-724-7123

March 23; 12:30 pm Cloverleaf Tavern, 395 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell 1-888-724-7123 March 23; 2:30 pm Solana-Roseland, 345 Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland 1-888-724-7123

March 1; 6:00 pm BHACC • 973-322-7433

The Heart Healthy Benefits of Red Wine & Dark Chocolate March 2; 1:30 pm JCC • 1-888-724-7123

Food & Mood Get to the Heart of Health

February 15; 10:00 am, Livingston Senior Community Center, 204 Hillside Ave., Livingston February 17; 11:00 am, Caldwell Public Library, 268 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell February 22; 2:00 pm, Crane’s Mill, 459 Passaic Ave., West Caldwell February 23; 2:30 pm, Solana-Roseland, 345 Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland 1-888-724-7123

Celiac Support Group

February 16 and March 16; 6:30 to 8:00 pm BHACC • 973-322-7272

Nutrition Shopping Tour With the Center for Asian Health

March 6; 1:30pm JCC • 1-888-724-7123

Project H.O.P.E. Spring Cancer Survivorship Lecture Series

March 7, 14, 28, April 4, 18, 25; 6:30 to 8:00 pm JCC • 973-322-2671

To learn more: barnabashealth.org/ maternity or call 973-322-5360

Advances in Minimally Invasive Joint Replacement

• Maternity Orientation & Tour • Siblings Class • Childbirth Preparation Class • Lamaze Refresher • Relaxing Birth Class • Breastfeeding Basics • Marvelous Multiples • New Moms’ Circle • Breastfeeding Support

March 15; 6:30 pm Springfield Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield 973-322-9908

Diabetes: Don’t Sugar Coat It

February 25; 10:00 am to Noon ShopRite Livingston, 483 South Livingston Ave., Livingston • 1-888-724-7123

ONGOING CHILDBIRTH & PARENTING CLASSES

March 15; 2:00 pm, 430 Main St., West Orange March 22; 2:00 pm, Marian Manor, 7 Ashland St., Caldwell 1-888-724-7123

SAINT BARNABAS MEDICAL CENTER 94 OLD SHORT HILLS ROAD, LIVINGSTON, NJ 07039 973-322-5000 • WWW.BARNABASHEALTH.ORG/SBMCEVENTS

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boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, bgcnj.org The 14th annual concert and reception at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center honored Jonathan Sobel and Elizabeth Sudler Sobel for their support of BGCNJ members. The event also featured master of ceremonies and comedian Joe Piscopo and entertainment by Emmy and Grammy-nominated singer Michael Feinstein.

1 Elizabeth Sudler Sobel, Allie M., Arianna S., Joe Piscopo, Alexia L., Susan Haspel, Jonathan Sobel

Livingston, fcnj.org More than 2,000 people attended the annual Friendship Circle Walk, showing their support for children and teens with special needs. The family event, which raised more than $175,000 for the organization’s programs, also included rides, bounce houses, a petting zoo and other activities.

2 People of all ages enjoy the walk to benefit Friendship Circle. 3 A group of friends shows its support. 4 One of the attendees had a unique way of participating in the walk.

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50 years of kwanzaa New jersey performing arts center Newark, njpac.org NJPAC’s lobby was transformed into a Kwanzaa Artisan Marketplace in December to commemorate the holiday’s 50th anniversary. The event also included a Kwanzaa Children’s Festival, with art and other works by kids on display. 5 Honorees and attendees enjoy the celebration. 6 Some of the young artists prepare for their show.

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Birchwood Manor, Whippany, morriscrimestoppers.org The organization celebrated its annual fundraiser, which helps fund rewards for anonymous tips received and forwarded to local police departments.

7 Paul Carifi Jr. and Robert Peluso 8 Michele Sylvan, Michael dePierro, Paul Philipps, Nicolas Limanov 9 Sen. Anthony Bucco, and Mrs. and Dr. Phillip Santiago

Teddy Bear tea Morris Museum Bickford Theatre, Morristown, morrismuseum.org Children of all ages and their parents (and teddy bears) visited the museum for its annual event. Attendees were treated to food, a festive performance at the theater and other activities.

10 The kids and their plush pals pose for a photo. 11 Parents and children sit at a table for delicious treats. 9

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