Member News Archive


Cathy Ricci, Wellness Coach 2017 ProgramCathy Ricci, Wellness Coach – New Year Program: Are you ready to make 2017 your best year? Whether you want to loose weight, have more energy, sleep more restfully, or get the results you deserve from your workouts, this is the year to make it happen. Join us in our Crush Your Goals Challenge! Follow the steps to success: Set goals, Make a decision, Take Action, Stay consistent, and Don’t Quit. To help you, I’m offering a proven Nutritional System, Free Coaching, Free Membership, Free Facebook Support and a Money Back Guarantee. So what are you waiting for? There’s never going to be a better time to start your transformation. I’m here to help you Crush your Goals in 2017! Please contact me at to enroll.

Starlight Dance Center – Coat-Hat-Glove Drive: Starlight is organizing a Coat-Hat-Glove Drive. One of our Starlight friends together with his family is cooking, feeding and helping the homeless people in Paterson NJ on a regular basis. He is asking us for Winter Coats, Hats and Gloves for the children and adults who are homeless. If you have any warm items you can spare, please drop off at Starlight on 7 High Street in Nutley between December 19th to 23rd and Jan 2nd to 4th. All items will be picked up and handed directly to the people in need and homeless in Paterson. Thank you for your help in the “Season of Giving”.


Nutley Historic Society Wells Fargo GrantNutley Historical Society – Grant from Wells Fargo: The Nutley Historical Society has been awarded a $1,000 grant by Wells Fargo Foundation to support the organization’s mission to promote understanding of Nutley history among the people of Nutley. “We truly appreciate Wells Fargo’s support,” said Domenick Tibaldo, President of the Nutley Historical Society. “We will use this grant to produce more high-quality experiences for the people of our town, and to increase outreach and public awareness of our Museum and its mission.” The grant was awarded as part of Wells Fargo’s Community Connections program, which provides local branch managers the opportunity to make a $1,000 charitable contribution on behalf of Wells Fargo to a nonprofit of their choice. DOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE.

IWF Wrestling Centre – Military Veterans to Receive Free IWF Pro Wrestling Training: To kick off their 20th year, Independent Wrestling Federation partners with Nutley Chamber of Commerce for ‘Freedom to Wrestle’ contest saluting Military Veterans. Two professional wrestling training scholarships for Veterans will be awarded at the nationally-accredited IWF Wrestling School in Nutley, NJ, with a male and female selected. In addition, the winners take part in a special Meet & Greet with WWE Superstar Darren Young, an IWF Wrestling School graduate. Kevin Knight, a Nutley resident and 20-year IWF professional wrestler, will teach the Veterans all the moves needed to be successful in the sports-entertainment industry.IWF Heavyweight Champion Fifth Element Roman Zachary of Manville, NJ, and IWF American Champion Golden Boy Michael Cammett of North Arlington, NJ, will assist in coaching the Veterans. IWF produces Live Events where students showcase skills for family and friends, and hosts Birthday Parties where guests are treated to dinner and a show. For information, visit, or find IWF on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram @WrestlingIW. DOWNLOAD THE COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE.

Phoenix Center ElevatorThe Phoenix Center – Elevator Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: So proud to “cut the ribbon” on our brand new elevator this morning! We’re so grateful for our donors (St. Mary’s Church, and an anonymous benefactor)! We’re also so happy so many people could join us for the ceremony: Father Rich from St. Mary’s, Barbara Chiarieri from Nutley Chamber of Commerce, Kevin Knight from IWF Wrestling Centre & Party Place and Nutley Chamber of Commerce, Yolanda Solis from Nutley Family Service Bureau, Inc., Paul Cafone and John Redstone from the Nutley Fire Dept., and Maria Sedlack, President of our Board of Directors! We also can’t forget Dr. G, our Executive Director Emeritus! And some big, big thanks go out to our very own Rosie and Ryan (for the amazing National Anthem), Rifka (for being our celebrity elevator rider!) and Eric (for being our greeter!).

Phoenix Center and Columbia Bank Fundraising

Pictured from left, Executive Director Julie Mower, Columbia Bank President Tom Kemly and Co-Founder and Executive Director Emeritus Dr. Geraldine Gibbia are all smiles as they pose for a picture with the commemorative bank check.

The Phoenix Center – Charity Golf Outing Proceeds: Celebrating its 26th year, The Phoenix Center, a nationally-accredited New Jersey Department of Education approved not-for-profit private school for students with autism and multiple disabilities was the charity recipient of Columbia Bank’s 28th Annual Golf Classic held recently at North Jersey Country Club in Wayne. The Phoenix Center began a new chapter in July with the retirement of its co-founder and Executive Director, Dr. Gibbia. Dr. Gibbia will maintain her relationship with The Phoenix Center as a member of its Board of Directors and as a consultant to the school. Julie Mower, M.A.Ed., who has been at The Phoenix Center for 23 years was selected as the Executive Director. The school began in 1991 with 16 students and 12 staff. Today the school has over 220 full and part-time staff members, who develop and provide customized, unique and individualized programs aligned with New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards to 130 students from nine counties and 61 districts in New Jersey. Promoting the development of the whole student, we care for, educate and empower our students and graduates so that they may develop life-centered skills which will prepare them for life beyond the classroom. For more information about The Phoenix Center, visit our website or call 973-542-0743.

Nutley Library – Board President Award: Nutley Library Board President received the “Seeds of Hope Award” for volunteerism. VIEW NEW JERSEY MONTHLY ARTICLE.

Healthy Kids PediatricsHealthy Kids Pediatrics is conveniently located at 675 Franklin Avenue. The 2500 square foot facility features partitioned sick and well waiting areas as well as a private feeding nook for moms and dads who want to keep their little ones on schedule. Visit our website for more details about our practice and to enroll your child in award-winning pediatric care with Dr. Jill Garripoli and the Healthy Kids Team. If you are expecting, we offer monthly prenatal classes and office tours to ensure peace of mind and stellar guidance on your journey into parenthood The office can be reached at 844-437-5455 or We look forward to meeting you and your family!

Cruise Planners/Costa Venture – Vacation Early Bookings: Booking your vacations early will save you money and ensure you get the best accommodations. Royal Caribbean is running a great promotion this month. See some of the cruises available for Winter! As always, Chamber Members will receive a $50 Gift Certificate for any 5 day or longer cruise or vacation booked through our agency. Ben Costa, Travel Planner, 973-798-24934. DOWNLOAD FLYER.

Elements Massage – Holidays Specials: Gift Card Sale! November 12th to December 31st, 2016. Wellness Program Members: 1 Hour Session Gift Cards (2) for $99; 90-Minute Session Gift Cards (2) for $149; 2 Hour Session Gift Cards (2) for $199; Non-Members: 1 Hour Session Gift Cards (2) for $139; 90-Minute Session Gift Cards (2) for $209; 2 Hour Session Gift Cards (2) for $259; Gift a Wellness Program for a 1 year term and receive a free one for yourself; 1 Hour Wellness Program 1 Year Term-$828; 90 minute Wellness Program 1 Year Term-$1,188. Black Friday Special, November 25th, 2016: Buy 4 gift cards on Black Friday and receive a free 30 minute upgrade. Try out new Himalayan Salt Stones! *Tax not included. Term Wellness Program cannot be cancelled for 12 months. Expires after 12 months. Valid only at Elements Nutley, NJ. DOWNLOAD FLYER.

Rocky’s – Get Ready For The Holidays: Rocky’s Pizzeria is offering three special offers for the holiday season. DOWNLOAD FLYER to select coupons.

Nutley Department of Parks and Recreation – Holiday Boutique: The Nutley Department of Parks and Recreation is sponsoring a Holiday Boutique to raise funds for our 11th Annual Relay For Life Event. This year the boutique will take place at the Recreation Department, 44 Park Ave. and will be held Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Vendors are required to register and submit a $100.00 booth fee to participate. It includes participation the day of the event as well as a track sign that will be displayed the day of our Relay event. Space is limited and will be honored on a first come, first served basis. The deadline to submit you application is November 1, 2016. The name of your business will appear on our flyer that will be distributed through the school system as well as sent through our community email system of over 9,000 residents and the local newspapers. For information please contact Crissy Frusteri or Suzanne Tucci at Return application to: Nutley Department of Parks and Recreation c/o Relay Holiday Boutique. 44 Park Avenue, Nutley, NJ 07110. DOWNLOAD APPLICATION. DOWNLOAD LETTER. DOWNLOAD FLYER.

Elements Massage – Gift Card Sale: Elements Massage is pleased to bring back its blow out gift card sale! These deals are good through December 24th: Members – 2 for $99 – Non Members – 2 for $139. You can purchase on location, by phone by calling us today at 973.542.8449 or PURCHASE ONLINE. Stop in! We’re located at 244 Franklin Avenue, Nutley, NJ 07110. DOWNLOAD FLYER.

fullsizerenderCathy Ricci, Wellness Coach – Post Thanksgiving Group Cleanse: November 25th to December 24th. The holidays are back and the cold hard truth is the average person will gain 7-10 lbs. That doesn’t have to be you. Not any more! Learn how you can still enjoy and indulge in the holiday fun while building a stronger healthier body and not gaining all that weight. Feel energized and good about yourself. For over 2 years now I have celebrated every event without feeling guilty. It’s time for you! Contact me now at 201-247-2866 or DOWNLOAD FLYER.

The Phoenix Center – Are You Ready For Some Football? The Phoenix Center in Nutley, a nationally accredited, not for profit school serving the educational, behavioral and therapeutic needs of students ages five through 21 with autism, multiple disabilities, behavioral disabilities and intellectual disabilities is holding a Big Blue Giants raffle for an opportunity to win a weekend in Pittsburgh to watch the New York Giants face the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ticket donation is $25.00 each and includes two tickets to Giants vs. Steelers football game on Sunday, December 4th, roundtrip motor coach for two departing from a convenient NY/NJ location, two-night hotel accommodations in Pittsburgh and a tailgate party with special VIPs of the New York Giant organization. The proceeds from the raffle sale will be used to enhance the lives of our students through extra-curricular activities. For raffle tickets, please contact Mary Beth Green, or call 973-542-0743, ext. 403. DOWNLOAD FLYER.

Nutley Kia – Anniversary Celebration Contest: Nutley Kia is giving you a chance to win tickets to your favorite NFL game. As our final grand prize event in our 10 Months of Giveaways 2 lucky winners will be chosen at random to go see their favorite team! Entering is Easy! Visit Nutley Kia’s Website for Your Chance to Win. Contest Ends October 31st so don’t miss it! DOWNLOAD FLYER.

Element Massage – Fall Specials: Non-members Fall 2 Pack, 2 one hour sessions. Ends November 30th. Members Special, Half of a 30 minutes upgrade on Monday, Wednesday & Friday. DOWNLOAD FLYER.

Old Canal Inn – Oktoberfest Fall Festival: Starting September 22nd through the month of October. DOWNLOAD FLYER.

Absolute Rehab – Fall Special: Free Office Visit & Evaluation and Free Gift for New Patients!Receive a free customized treatment plan developed to meet your individual needs. Put that energy back in your step. Call and get started with a new you. DOWNLOAD FLYER.

Dancers In Motion – Fall Registration: 182 Kingsland Street, Nutley NJ 07110. Free trial classes. Bring a friend 10% off. Call us at 973-235-0474. Classes have began on Wednesday September 7, 2016. DOWNLOAD FLYER.

Starlight Dance Center – Children Fall Programs: Dance Classes for Kids and Teens starting the week of September 6th at Starlight where your whole family can learn to dance. Our Dance program is a recreational program where children of all ages learn to dance, meet and make new friends, have fun, exercise and get away from the computers. In a friendly and stress free environment your child/children will gain confidence whilst learning a skill. Please CLICK HERE for our class schedule. We have added a Mommy & Me class for Crawlers to 2 1/2 years of age. You are invited to join us for a 30 minute FREE class next week Tuesday, September 6th at 4:00 pm. All of us at Starlight are looking forward welcoming back our dancers and meeting new dancers for this coming dance season, we understand that everybody is working out their schedules in September, so do not worry if you cannot start in the first week. Starlight has been teaching the community to dance since 2003. Come and join the Fun!

Nutley Public Library – Monday Night Book Discussion Group Meeting: The Fall season of book discussions at the Nutley Public Library is under way. The book group meets on the first Monday of each month at the Nutley Public Library. Readers are encouraged to attend the session that best fits their schedule. Book groups are wonderful way for individuals to share their love of reading and books with other readers. Registration is recommended. We look forward to a new season of informative, friendly and informal book discussions at the Nutley Public Library.
The Monday Night Book Discussion Group Meeting dates and book titles are
– November 7th, 7:00 pm: Special appearance by author Dale Russakoff.
– December 5th, 7:00 pm: Holiday Dessert Makeovers. Special appearance by Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist Samantha Iovino.
These events are free and open to all members of the community. Refreshments will be served. Special programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Nutley Public Library. Copies of the book and the discussion questions are available one month in advanced at the circulation desk of the library.

DiLaRu Boutique – Believe it or not, Fall is coming! Time to make room for our favorite season. 20% to 50% off selected items. beach cover-ups and bags, Steven handbags, clothing, jewelry and gifts.

Nutley Family Service Bureau – Treats For Troops: Nutley Family Service Bureau is partnering with Nutley High School to provide Halloween treats to our men and women on active duty. Please bring your extra candy to Nutley Family Service Bureau starting November 1st through Veterans Day November 11, 2016. DOWNLOAD FLYER.

“Caring For Kim” donations are still being accepted. If you are interested in donating, please send contributions to, Nutley Irish, PO Box 22, Nutley, NJ 07110. Checks should be made out to Nutley Irish, please note, donation for Kim Garner in the memo line.

Township Of Nutley – It Is Not About The Product, It Is How The Customer Feels: Retailing today is about how the consumer feels. It is about the feelings, not the “stuff”. CLICK HERE to read about the six things you, the business owner, should be doing.

Nutley Pace Car ProgramNutley Pace Car – Become a Nutley Pace Car Participating Business: The Nutley Chamber of Commerce invites our Members to become Nutley Pace Car participating businesses. The goal of this town-wide program is to help make Nutley streets safer for everyone. By taking the Nutley Pace Car pledge, Nutley drivers commit to driving the speed limit, stopping for pedestrians, sharing the road, and eliminating distracted driving. Nutley Pace Car drivers are designated by the Nutley Pace Car magnet on their vehicles. The program is open to all Nutley drivers, including residents, students, township and district employees, and Nutley business owners and their employees. As a participating business, you would invite your employees and clients/customers to pledge by offering Pace Car magnets onsite and promoting the program through your usual communication channels such as email, web, and social media. Along with magnets and pledge forms, the program will provide you with promotional content that you can adapt as needed. If you’re interested in becoming a participating business, please call (973) 284-4976, EMAIL US , or message Nutley Pace Car on Facebook or Twitter. To learn more, visit these Nutley Pace Car links: Nutley Pace Car & Pedestrian Education Program, Nutley Pace Car Online Pledge Form & Nutley Pace Car on Facebook.

Cruise Planners – Ben & Rosemary Costa: NCoC Member special Offer – Book a cruise or vacation package 5 days or longer through our agency and receive a $25 gift certificate. Book a cruise or vacation package more than 8 days and get a $50 gift certificate. Refer a friend that books through our agency and receive a referral bonus Gift Certificate. Using a travel consultant/agent will not increase the cost of your vacation and will assure that you get the best value for your vacation dollar.  See attached brochure for upcoming cruises out of Bayonne or visit our website to view our current vacation packages. (Gift Certificates restrictions may apply. Call 973-798-2493 for details). DOWNLOAD FLYER.

Elements Massage: Couples Room Now Available, call for more info 973-542-8449. DOWNLOAD FLYER.

The Creativity CaravanFood for the Soul Train is now THE CREATIVITY CARAVAN: Our mission is to design and facilitate opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds, and skill sets to nourish themselves and their communities by tapping into their creative expression. We believe creativity can change lives by building self-confidence, harnessing imagination, helping to practice problem-solving, and bridging differences through the joy of discovery, and our vintage caravan, MAUDE (Mobile Art Unit Designed for Everyone) allows us to deliver unique experiences and inspire communities everywhere. VISIT WEBSITE.

Access Accounting Associates: 973-769-4310. Affordable Tax Advice & Filing. DOWNLOAD COUPON.

Nutley Family Service Bureau – New Food Pantry: The Nutley Family Service Bureau Food Pantry located at 169 Chestnut St has begun food distribution to registered Nutley resident participants. Food distribution occurs on a bi-weekly basis. The Pantry is run entirely by Nutley resident volunteers and the majority of the food is donated by community members and community organizations. If you would like to hold a food drive at your business, we would love to partner with you! Please contact Caitlin Peterson at 973-667-1884 for more information on partnering. Also, please CLICK HERE for the 2016 Food Pantry Distribution Calendar and to learn more about the program.

Investors Bank’s Donations: At last week’s Nutley HS senior awards night, Investors gave two $1000.00 scholarships to graduating seniors. Investors has also partnered with the NFSB Food Pantry and sends volunteers once a month to the Food Pantry to help organize donated food and pack grocery bags to be distributed.

Nutley Kia sponsored Phoenix Center at Jackals ballgame

Mr. Kevin Gaynor, Nutley Auto KIA owner Mr. Jim Russomano and The Phoenix Center Executive Director Dr. Geraldine Gibbia pictured at the NJ Jackals game on June 10th on the campus of Montclair University.

Take me out to the ball game for The Phoenix Center: Nutley Auto Kia owners Jim and Anne Russomano sponsored an evening at the New Jersey Jackals game on June 10th for The Phoenix Center students and their families. Co-Founder and Executive Director Dr. Geraldine A. Gibbia threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Montclair University stadium and students were able to enjoy the baseball game and a picnic dinner, compliments of the local car dealership.

Nutley Kia sponsored Phoenix Center at Jackals ballgame

Thumbs up for Executive Director Dr. Geraldine Gibbia and New Jersey Jackals Mascot Jack . NJ students with special needs and their families enjoyed a night at the ball game and a picnic of hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken and soft drinks.

The Phoenix Center is an accredited, 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit private school serving the educational, behavioral and therapeutic needs of students ages five through 21 with autism, multiple disabilities, behavioral and intellectual disabilities. Our customized evidence-based programs – developed for each student- are anchored by a hands-on, real life, community-based instruction model. For further information regarding the Phoenix Center visit or check us out on Facebook.

Benefit Providers, LLC: Are you interested in marketing Health Insurance products or do you have questions about Medicare? Please contact Jack Conca at 973-797-0991, or email Jack at

Spencer Savings Bank Scholarships: Spencer savings Bank gave out two scholarships this year, $500 to a middle school student and $1000 to a high school student.

Julie Mower

Julie Mower

Phoenix Center’s New Executive Director: Julie Mower will take over the executive director position recently vacated by Dr. Geraldine Gibbia who officially retired after 25 years of exceptional leadership at the end of June. Says Dr. G., “Julie’s selection by the Board is reassuring to me – and I know for our parents – because it means that the standards we have set for educational excellence will be carried forward by someone who has been an integral part of achieving them.” Julie has been a part of The Phoenix Center since 1994. She began as an Art teacher and then in 2009 assumed administrative responsibilities as Principal and Director of Education. She holds an MA in Educational Leadership, as well as NJ State K-12, Supervisor and Principal certifications. DOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE.

Element Massage – Join The Stress-Free Summer Club: Join the Wellness Program in July or August and receive 25% off your first month. Get 2 one hour sessions for only $118. Both sessions must be used by August 31, 2016. Price does not include tax.
July Specials: Book on Tuesday and receive a free 30 minute card towards your next session. Book on Thursday and receive Half-off any add-on service. Book on Friday and receive half-off a 30 minute upgrade.
August Specials: Book on Tuesday and receive Free Aromatherapy. Book on Wednesday and receive Half-off a Add-on Service. Book on Thursday and receive a free 30 minute card towards your next session. Book on Friday and receive Half-off a 30 minute upgrade.

Main Street New Jersey – Online Small Business Training: Free Opportunities for all. Here are two Free online training opportunities for your small businesses that just went live:
SLAPbootcamp: This online course can be a great jumpstart to an existing business or a way for a new business to build itself right from the start. Have your businesses REGISTER HERE.  As far as we can tell there is no limit to the number of businesses that may register for free!
The Hive: Pamela Herrmann, who presented at the NJDI in 2015, has offered NJ businesses the chance to be free beta users for a new small business training service online called “The Hive”. Space is limited, so registrations will be first come, first served! Please feel free to share this opportunity with your businesses, particularly those who you think will thrive in the online training environment. Here is what she has to say: “Create Buzz’s “The Hive” is an all new online training experience where notable branding, marketing and business strategy experts help small business owners get customers & keep customers. We focus on the key business strategies that will ensure a solid foundation for your business. At the same time, we are also proud to offer you the latest in “what’s working now” in marketing tactics that will garner you the highest probability of a return on your marketing investment. JOIN FOR FREE for 3 months and use the coupon code: BETABuzz.
Participants will provide feedback to us on the content and user experience so that we can improve the value and help businesses across the country get and keep customers.

RetailMinded0416Main Street New Jersey: Complimentary to you on behalf of MSNJ, the latest edition of Retail Minded introduces readers to not to miss retail News, Education & Support specific to independent businesses. Just CLICK HERE to give it a read. Remember, your Main Street program may share this link with any and every business in your district… so what are you waiting for?! In this issue, here’s what you can expect to gain insight on…
Insight on ways to strengthen customer loyalty
Tips to build a stronger store staff
Ways to ignite in-store sales
Ideas to support working with friends and family
Tips to use Facebook ads for eCommerce sales
Thoughts on how to train a millennial work force
For more tools to help you achieve success, be sure to DOWNLOAD the Free Resource Guide from Retail Minded!

Congratulations go out to Nutley Neighbors Magazine, celebrating their first anniversary, and CrossFit Nutley on their third anniversary. Way to go!

CRicciFreeMbrspCathy Ricci, Health & Wellness Coach – Free Membership if you get started by May 29th! Is your body summer-ready or are you tired, stressed, overweight and under energized? Join our 30 day group cleanse and have the body you dream of and the energy to enjoy it just in time for summer! If you have the desire and the determination, I have the best program to help you achieve your goals. No more sweating in the gym and not getting the results you deserve. Fuel your body with superior nutrition and watch your transformation unfold. Loose the weight once and keep it off for good with our healthy lifestyle! The time will pass whether you do something or not. Take that first step. Do something now. Contact me at 201-247-2866 for a free consultation. Follow me on Facebook. DOWNLOAD FLYER.

IWF Wrestling School & Party Center – IWF on YES & ESPN Radio: IWF Wrestling recently hosted a Wedding Ceremony & Reception, as Sirius XM Radio host Dave LaGreca was married in the ring.  The festivities were discussed in detail by Dave’s brother Don LaGreca on The Michael Kay Show on YES Network & ESPN Radio New York. CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO.

Friends of the Nutley Public Library – From Liverpool to Abbey Road: Beatles program at the Nutley Public Library, presented by The Friends of the Nutley Public Library. Enjoy a multimedia presentation on the historic journey of The Beatles with rock historian and lecturer Vincent Bruno. This session explores the historic journey of The Beatles, from their early days in Liverpool and Hamburg, to the excitement of Beatlemania, their ground breaking studio albums, and their remarkable final recordings at Abbey Road. Call the library at 973-667-0405 for more information on this and other programs.

Phoenix Center

Pictured from left, The Phoenix Center Principal and Director of Education Julie Mower, Nutley Economic Development Commissioner Evans, Phoenix Center Co-Founder and Executive Director Dr. Geraldine Gibbia, Ph. D, CCC-SLP, Phoenix Center job developer Jonathan Andolino and Chamber President Dan Leon.

The Phoenix Center Hosts Nutley Chamber of Commerce on St. Patrick’s Day: The Phoenix Center, a nationally-accredited New Jersey Department of Education approved not-for-profit private school for students with autism and multiple disabilities, hosted the March meeting of the Nutley Chamber of Commerce today. Commissioner Thomas Evans and members of the Nutley Economic Advisory Board were on hand at the school to address questions posed of area business owners and review plans for the business district revitalization project. The Phoenix Center serves the educational, behavioral & therapeutic needs of students ages 5-21 with autism, multiple disabilities, behavioral disabilities and intellectual disabilities. Overall we serve students from 64 towns in nine New Jersey counties (Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Union.) We care for, educate and empower our students and graduates so that they may develop life-centered skills which will prepare them for life beyond the classroom. The Phoenix Center is located at 16 Msgr. Owens Place, Nutley, NJ 07110 and may be reached by calling 973-542-0743. For more information about The Phoenix Center, visit our website or call 973.542.0743 or visit our Facebook page.

Nutley UNICO – Mattia Committee Selects UNICO: The Dr. Virginious D. Mattia Memorial Committee announced that its forty-fourth annual award for distinguished community service has been presented to the Nutley Chapter of UNICO National. The award was established in 1973 to honor the memory and perpetuate the volunteer spirit of Dr. Mattia, who, when president of Hoffmann-LaRoche Inc., died at the age of forty-nine in 1972. Considered by many to be Nutley’s most prestigious, the award has been presented to individuals and organizations representing the broad range of Nutley volunteer activities, some well-known to the public and others who help the people of Nutley in quiet ways. Nutley UNICO is the third largest UNICO chapter in the country. It is very appropriate that its working motto is “Service above Self”. This manifests itself through such activities as more than $32,000 a year in scholarships, donations to various township organizations, including a permanent book fund at the Nutley Library and a Community Service Day each year involving completion of a township beautification project. While the award is being given based on UNICO’s collective community activities, it bears noting that individual members serve on virtually every official board in Nutley, hold some of the more responsible positions in the community and engage in a wide variety of volunteer activities. They are, one and all, dedicated to maintaining Nutley as a citizen friendly, good place to live.

Phoenix Center Dr. GibbiaThe Phoenix Center: Executive Director and Co-Fonder of The Phoenix Center announces retirement. Dr. Geraldine Gibbia Will Leave Her Post at the End of the 2016 School Year. After 25 years of leadership, Dr. Geraldine Gibbia will retire as the Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Phoenix Center at the end of the 2016 school year. Dr. Gibbia is credited with building a premier educational community for special students in New Jersey that has become a national model. “How often are we given the opportunity to work within our profession and work at something that is our passion?” said Gibbia. “I have been so very fortunate to have lived my passion and to have seen an idea I shared become reality.” Dr. G, as she is fondly referred to, introduced the FISH! Philosophy; “love what you do, do what you love;” transforming school culture and creating a learning environment of warmth, love and fun. Dr. G will continue to stay active in the field, working on special projects for The Phoenix Center such as the transition into Adult Service Programs for upcoming graduates.

The Nutley Family Service Bureau is pleased to announce that as of January 20, the Food Pantry, at 169 Chestnut Street, is operational as one of the agency’s social service programs. Distribution takes place on a bi-weekly basis. Nutley residents can apply confidentially for qualification by calling NFSB Food Pantry at 973- 542-8276; for more info please visit our website page.

Cathy Ricci, Health & Wellness Coach – 30 Day Group Cleanse: Tuesday, March 1st to Saturday, April 30th. Are you tired, stressed, overweight and under energized?  Join our 30 day group cleanse and have the body you dream of and the energy to enjoy it this spring! If you have the desire and the determination, I have the best program to help you achieve your goals. No more sweating in the gym and not getting the results you deserve. Fitness is 20% exercise and 80% nutrition. You can’t outrun your fork! Fuel your body with superior nutrition and watch your transformation unfold. Loose the weight once and keep it off for good with our healthy lifestyle! The time will pass whether you do something or not. Take that first step. Do something now. Contact me at 201-247-2866 for a free consultation. Follow us on Facebook. DOWNLOAD FLYER.

Nutley Public Library – The Women Artists of Nutley Exhibit: Enjoy an exhibit from March through April of new works by members of The Women Artists of Nutley in the gallery and display cases of the Nutley Public Library during the months of March and April. Oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings as well photography, pastels and drawings by these talented women will be featured. Women’s History Month is celebrated in the United States in March every year. This art display by Nutley women is one of many ways that the library recognizes Women’s History Month. Stop by the library to learn more about women’s history and appreciate their many accomplishments. Call the library at 973-667-0405 for more information on this exhibit and other programs and exhibits. CLICK HERE to view the complete schedule of programs is available at the library and on the library web site.

Nutley Jaycees: The Nutley Jaycees are actively seeking your nominations for the 45th annual Distinguished Service Awards Program, which the Nutley Jaycees are dedicating to the legacy of Michael Paolino. Five individuals who live or work in Nutley will be honored for their outstanding contributions to the quality of life in Nutley. The Awards are presented for commitment and excellence in the areas of (1) Business, (2) Education, (3) Civic Affairs, (4) Public Health and Safety and (5) to the one Outstanding Individual between the ages of 21 and 40. Deadline for the Nomination(s) is March 9, 2015. The awards will be presented at the Nutley Jaycees Distinguished Service Awards Dinner on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at the Valley Regency in Clifton on Valley Road. Reservations for the dinner can be purchased for $45 per person. Presently, there remains availability for advertisements in the Program Book. For Nominations Forms,, Program Book Ad forms or further information, contact Dianne or David Wilson at 973-667-4690, or Dr. Steven Clarke 973-235-1515.

New Jersey Downtown Institute – Creating, Branding, and Promoting Local & Regional Destinations: It’s that time again. We bring Roger Brooks to New Jersey every few years because he is simply that good (and far too expensive to have every year!). The 65th NJDI workshop with Roger will be in Vineland, NJ on April 27th. Now is your chance to get in on the action for a fraction (0.8%!) of what we have to pay him! Save the date now! CLICK HERE to see the upcoming NJDI in April in Vineland. DOWNLOAD FLYER.

Clara Maass Medical Center Presents April Programs:
Breathe Easy: High Risk Lung Cancer Screenin: Call for schedule. According to the American Lung Association, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States and it is most curable when diagnosed early. In an effort to help identify those who may be at high-risk for developing lung cancer, Clara Maass Medical Center will provide free lung cancer screenings for individuals at high risk for developing lung cancer. To participate, attendees must be between the ages of 55 and 74 and be a current or former smoker. A physician prescription is required for all screenings. This program will be held in the Continuing Care Building at The Cancer Center at Clara Maass Medical Center, located at 1 Clara Maass Drive in Belleville. Those interested in participating are encouraged to contact the Cancer Center at 973-844-4166 and speak with the Lung Cancer Navigator to determine if they are candidates.
Genetic Counseling: Call for schedule. Genetic counseling is available at the Cancer Center at Clara Maass Medical Center to help individuals determine their risk of developing specific types of cancer. This program will be held in the Continuing Care Building at The Cancer Center at Clara Maass Medical Center, located at 1 Clara Maass Drive in Belleville. To register for an appointment, please call 973-844-4150.


The Longest Yard – Throw ’em a Bone!
Rugs in the shape of a bone or a fish, great for the pet lover, are available for a nominal donation. All proceeds will be donated to The Bukowski Animal Shelter.  For more information, visit their Facebook page or call 973-667-1400.

Congratulations to The Micklin Law Group! The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys has named Brad Micklin one of the Top Ten Best Lawyers in Client Satisfaction for 2015.

Congratulations to Franklin Floors: In appreciation of the store’s veteran support, Joseph and Anthony D’Antuono, were presented with a plaque bearing a piece of the World Trade Center. Retired New York Fire Lt. Peter Daniti presented the plaque and spoke about the donations Carpet One has made to the Steve Siller Foundation of America’s Bravest which build smart homes for the veteran who are disabled.

Congratulations to all Nutley Jaycees 44th Annual Distinguished Service Honorees!

2015 Jaycees Awards Honorees

Mayor Alphonse Petracco (Chamber Member) – Business; Michelle Fleitell (Chamber Member) – Civic Affairs; John Maiello – Education; Mike Nisivoccia – Public Health; Steve Picciano, Jr. – Outstanding Young Man.