Michelle Petrow Named Governor’s Teacher of the Year and Mary Markowski Named Educational Services Professional of the Year For Brookside Place School 2023 – 2024

Michelle Petrow has been named the Governor’s Teacher of the Year for Brookside Place School (BPS) and Mary Markowski has been named the Educational Services Professional of the Year for BPS as part of the 2023-2024 Governor’s Teacher/Educational Services Professional Recognition Program. “I feel humbled and honored to have been selected when I work in a building of truly outstanding educators,” said Ms. Petrow. Ms. Petrow has been teaching for 20 years, the last seven of those as a second-grade teacher. “I love spending my day with children, each and every day is a new adventure,” added Ms....

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Summit’s Santa Claus Shop Prepares To Help Deliver A Joyous Holiday To Locals In Need

For the 57th consecutive year, the Santa Claus Shop will open its doors to area families to provide complementary holiday shopping. The Shop serves more than 400 low-income families and senior citizens from Summit, New Providence, Berkeley Heights and other local communities. This year’s Santa Claus Shop will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 587 Springfield Avenue in Summit. Families will be offered shopping hours by invitation only during the first week of December. The Santa Claus Shop is chaired by Summit residents, Michelle Kalmanson, Alison MacMillan, Katie Orr and Elizabeth Somerlot...

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It’s Fall, Y’all… Time to Celebrate!

Now that summer is a thing of the past, it’s time to celebrate the autumn season upon us. The leaves are changing, there’s a crispness in the air, and fun festivals await at Reeves-Reed Arboretum! The non-profit public garden located in Summit will kick off the season with CELEBRATE FALL on Sunday, October 15 from 11 am to 3 pm. This family-friendly fair will feature fall-themed games, crafts and activities for the kids, photo opportunities throughout the beautiful gardens and woodlands, a spooky Halloween trail, pumpkins, music, an art exhibit, market vendors, festive food, and adorable goats...

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Summit Street Sounds Runs through this Month

Summit Downtown, Inc. (SDI) is excited to be hosting Summit Street Sounds for 2023 with a great line-up of new and past favorites! Downtown Summit will be alive with music from 5-8pm every Thursday and Friday night in June & July. We are proud to announce that over 45 musicians will be playing on the streets. Enjoy a meal at one of Summit’s many outdoor cafes, listen to some great live music, and shop at the downtown businesses, some of which will be open late. Be sure to visit the Promenade on Springfield Avenue, filled with tables and chairs for outdoor dining and enjoying the music. Exciting...

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Summit Park Line Is Open!

Your name(s): Dr. Robert Rubino / Debra Karrat Organization: Summit Park Line Foundation, Inc. Location: Summit, NJ Contact Information: Debra Karrat: dakarrat@gmail.com Can you provide a bit of history about the bridge?  When and how did this all begin? In 2014 when Dr. Robert Rubino was Summit Council President, he was on his way to Overlook Hospital on Springfield Ave on a winter morning and saw the sun rising over the Manhattan skyline and thought how great it would be for the public to have a clear view of NYC. This led him to find the abandoned 1.2-mile stretch of rail land next to the...

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Meet John Szeles Szeles Construction

Name: John Szeles Family names: Gina (wife and mom), Ava (16), Anthony (15), Domenic (12) Company name: Szeles Construction LLC Your position: Owner Website: szelesconstruction.com Phone number: 908-917-4566 Location: Cranford, New Jersey How long have you lived in Cranford? Tell us about your family: We’ve Lived in Cranford for 15 years. My wife Gina of 19 years has lived in Cranford most of her life. She left her job of 26 years a year ago to be a full time mom to our daughter Ava 16, Anthony 15, Domenic 12 and of course our beloved cat Shannon. What do you like best about the local area?...

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Top Dentist Carries on Tradition at Executive Dental Studio Meet Dr. Maryse Manasse

Name: Maryse Manasse, DMD, MEd Family (names/ages): Wandy, Mirabelle (13), Loghan (12) and Camille (7) Company: Executive Dental Studio Job Title: Prosthodontist Contact Info: (P) 908-276-2385                            (F) 908-276-2891 www.execdentalstudio.com info@execdentalstudio.com Her Bio Dr. Maryse Manasse graduated in 2002 from the College of Saint Elizabeth with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. After four years, she graduated from New Jersey Dental School in 2006. She realized that she wanted to pursue specialty training and continued an additional three years of Prosthodontic specialty...

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Lulu Brings the Best of Mexico to Make Your Party Sweeter

Photography provided by Jessica Gonzalez “We have catered schools, banks, corporations, networking events and social gatherings, keeping us busy and fully booked until the end of the year.” Owner Lulu Carey Tell us about your family. We are a family of four. My husband Joe was born in Livingston NJ, and I was born and raised in Monterrey Mexico, where I got my bachelor’s degree in International business. Eleven years ago, I decided to move to the U.S. to continue my education and work. During that time, I met Joe. We fell in love and decided to become a family. We have two wonderful boys Joseph...

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