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The Urbane Urbanite And Friends Give Back For The Holidays

My Holiday Party Guests Piled Toys for Tots Near The Tree I hosted my 3rd annual holiday party last weekend – and it was a success! The sangria was flowing (until it was all gone); the food was hot (until the food warmer thingy blew out) and the DJ was spinning (until she was ret ta go). My guests had a great time. I couldn’t have asked for a better night. But this year I did something different. I teamed up with The Apostles’ House whose mission is “to provide comprehensive social services to homeless and at-risk families and individuals in the Newark,

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FEATURE: Mother’s Day Blues

Mother’s Day is this weekend. People everywhere are making last minute dinner reservations, ordering bouquets of flowers and scouring shelves of picked-through cards looking for the words that tell mom they care enough to send the very best. Wanda Rivera, however, will be going about her business as if it’s any other day. “The last time I celebrated Mother’s Day was the last one I had with my mom,” says the 40-year-old planning assistant from Newark, NJ. “For me, celebrating Mother’s Day was about celebrating her. Now that she’s no longer with us, it’s just not the same.” Rivera lost

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The Woodhouse Day Spa

The moment you step foot into the lobby of The Woodhouse Day Spa in Montclair, NJ, you’re forced to use your inside voice. The crashing waves and flirty piccolos that play softly from the speakers overhead, drown out the sirens, street traffic and construction work going on outside.After I check in for my facial, my therapist, Jenna, leads me to the locker room where I change into a white terrycloth robe and soft, cushiony flip-flops. The locker-room is bright and airy, with mahogany stained wooden lockers and bathroom fixtures to match. Once I’m done changing, I leave the locker-room to

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