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For Some Couples, Summer Brings a Different Kind of Adventure

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Jason and Linda have been waiting all year for summer to begin. Unlike most of us, who are bursting with plans for vacation fun in the sun with family and friends, Jason and Linda are preparing for quite a different type of adventure: another round of IVF treatment.

Why summer? Well aside from actually getting a parking...

Giving Book Recommendations to My Mom

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Friday, my day to veg out, relax, recover from my strenuous week as a teenager living in Englewood. At 3 p.m. I’m buried in my blankets, clad in Superman pajamas and sipping peppermint tea. In walks mom, searching for laundry in my room, or “the war zone” as she calls it. A glance at my bookshelf is the clear indicator that my mother didn’t have enough time in her busy work schedule to make a quick trip to Riverside Square Mall’s Barnes and Noble to pick up her decaf mocha and some reading material for the weekend.

I anticipate her next question: “Got any good books to read?”

Knowing she might not be pleased with my selection, I’ll respond: “Check my bookshelf to see...

More Than Just the Title: ‘Dad’

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A father’s role in child raising is not only crucial for child development but is also transformative for men themselves.

In a world where family structure and cultural expectations are in flux, men are etching out a clearer picture of what it means to be a father in the 21st century. Israel is a leading voice in the conversation with groundbreaking scientific research that provides a more dynamic understanding of a father’s role, and an increase in support services for fathers, like Shalva’s support group for fathers of children with special needs.

After he got married, Avishai Dunir, Israeli father of four, felt the distinct shift in responsibility from his single days. When...

The Play’s the Thing

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If you’re like most people, you probably won’t be seeing Hamilton on Broadway anytime soon. But that doesn’t mean that you need to spend the summer just binge-watching Netflix. Theaters throughout the area have upcoming productions suitable for audiences of all ages, from a bubble extravaganza to Shakespeare.

South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)


This Sunday, June 19, the award-winning Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir will perform their season finale concert on the SOPAC stage. The choir, consisting of performers between the ages of 16 and 22, performs pop favorites and songs from popular Broadway musicals. For the first time, this year’s...

The Joy of Parenting: Going Back to Basics

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Just over eight years ago, I found myself feeling a strange mix of emotions in a situation I had never experienced before. My wife was in labor and about to give birth to our first daughter and I was in the hospital room with her, trying to keep it together so I could “be strong” and supportive.

I was feeling happy, excited, proud, protective, nervous, worried, anxious; in other words, “all of the above.” I also felt a ton of sympathy pains as I thought about my wife getting stuck with an epidural needle the size of a horse! Boy, those 17.5 hours of labor and delivery were really hard for me.

Apparently, though, my now-8-year-old daughter isn’t all that impressed. Last...

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