Word of Mouth

A recommendation from a Newcomer's Club member is one of the best ways to find good local service. This section will be updated regularly with area restaurants, retailers, service providers and cool discoveries within our area that come highly recommended by our members. If you are a member and interested in submitting a "Word of Mouth" recommendation, please use our contact form to do so. Submissions must include full name and phone number in order to be considered. You must also be a Newcomer's Club member.


I had my bumper repaired here and they were excellent. Great service, reasonable price. They also work with Enterprise Rental Car for pick up and drop off if you need to rent a car. They have special rates.
Recommended by M. Kopit
Alex Rodriguez at Novus Glass did an excellent job installing new windhsield. Very professional and personable.
Recommended by M. Kopit

Beauty Salons / Spa

The place is always hopping but the women take time for each person in a way that makes you feel pampered. Full service salon with great manicures/pedicures.
Recommended by Shanna Deng
(908) 464-4068
She is great at noting where you need some extra work, her space and demeanor are very relaxing and she charges a reasonable rate for an hour session.
Recommended by Shanna Deng

Car Service

Have taken to/from Newark many times
Recommended by W. Poretti

Hair Salon

676 Morris Ave., Springfield, 973-379-1770
Albert, owner & stylist is great. Millie is great for brows.
Recommended by W. Poretti

Health Providers: Dental

Beacon Hill Dental Group (908) 273-2732 | 28 Beechwood Rd # 2 Summit, NJ
Dr Zamarra heads this dental practice. He is an excellent dentist, extremely personable and great with kids. Friendly atmosphere and very professional!
Recommended by M. Kopit
908-789-3034, Westfield
Hygienists are friendly and professional, and I love Dr. Lorino as a dentist. Their office is so kid-friendly that the staff actually kept an eye on my son while I was at a checkup once when I couldn't find a babysitter and thought I would have to cancel my appointment!
Recommended by C. Hartzell

Health Providers: Pediatricians

17 Watchung Ave, Chatham - (973) 665-0152
This practice has excellent doctors, nurses and staff members. Dr. Shaw-Branchfeld leads the practice and is thorough and has excellent follow up. The doctors and other staff in this practice are very patient and always has time to answer questions. My 4 1/2 year old actually likes going to the doctor to play with the toys in the waiting room!
Recommended by M. Kopit
76 Stirling Road, Suite 201, Warren, New Jersey 07059
Wonderful, caring pediatricians and terrific staff. Highly recommend them! Dr. Andrea Katz is an especially great diagnostician. She even called to follow up on how my son was doing once she diagnosed him with pneumonia. Very family oriented.
Recommended by corina atanase

Home Cleaning

(908) 591-5875
She is the best! She is always on time and there when she says she will be. She leaves the house sparkling and beautiful!

Recommended by Ritu

Home Improvement: Architect

Jim Ramentol (Berkeley Heights resident) 732-381-6155
Recommended by Karen Brown

Home Improvement: Carpenter / Contractor

Robert is extremely reliable and does top of the line work. He gutted and remodeled my kitchen and bathroom 10 years ago and he still does jobs for us today. He installs windows and doors as well. From small jobs to large projects, charges reasonable rates.
Recommended by M. Kopit
Tim Rizzuto
(973) 703-6095
We recently underwent a major remodel- gutting our kitchen, dining room and living room. We worked with Tim Rizzuto of Prestige Kitchen and Bath. Tim worked with us on every aspect of the project- from design to construction and even the finishing touches like picking paint colors. The work was flawless. And his aesthetic sense (helping pick the granite, tile, backsplash, fireplace design, floor colors, railings etc). has transformed our space from average to stunning. He helped us shop for all our products and uses only top quality suppliers. Our project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget. He was a pleasure to work with and we would never use another company for any of our future remodel projects (kitchen, bath or otherwise!) He's been in business over 25 years. Please contact me ms.ritu.chandra@gmail.com if you have any questions or to see the before and after pictures of our home.
Don Martinelli 908-277-1816
Excellent workmanship. Books quickly so get your renovation scheduled early.
Recommended by Kara Crooks
Quick response and turn around. Is well know at the various building departments.
Recommended by Kara Crooks
Home Improvement - Tile Contractor and General Repairs
908-337-3578 www.oustermantile.com
Warren was recommended to us by neighbors and has repaired, remodeled, and updated three of our bathrooms beautifully! He is 3rd Generation [>70 years], with a well-deserved, great reputation for the highest quality work.
Recommended by Nic Ballintyn

Home Improvement: Electrician

He's reliable and very reasonable.
Recommended by Roxanne Dowell

Home Improvement: Gutter Cleaning

Scott Bronco, 973-412-0247
great, reliable guy with very reasonable prices
Recommended by W. Poretti

Home Improvement: Handyman

Robert is extremely reliable and does top of the line work. He gutted and remodeled my kitchen and bathroom 10 years ago and he still does jobs for us today. He installs windows and doors as well. From small jobs to large projects, charges reasonable rates.
Recommended by M. Kopit
(H)908-822-2546 (cell)908-420-7225
Very quick and reasonable- he does carpentry, window replacements, tile work, electrical, plumbing, painting, odd jobs.
Recommended by W. Poretti
Scotch Plains, NJ

Dave has done several electrical projects for us. He is professional, courteous, reliable, and his rates are very reasonable.
Recommended by Cate Hartzell

Home Improvement: Hardwood Floors- Refinished

Cell: 347-733-8086, Office: 973-677-1653
Fast and reasonable- also installs, repairs, etc.
Recommended by W. Poretti

Home Improvement: House Painter

Carlos, 908-218-0877
Very reasonable prices, painted exterior and some interior in Oct. 06
Recommended by W. Poretti

Home Improvement: Mold/Mildew Issues

Office: 908-537-1173, cell: 908-500-1433
treated our basement for some mold issues when we were selling our house. Very fast and reasonable. Has all neccessary certification.
Recommended by W. Poretti

Home Improvement: Pest Control

Greg, 908-722-9330
Termites, Carpenter Bees, etc.
Recommended by W. Poretti

Home Improvement: Plumber

Professional service.
Recommended by Kara Crooks
Bruce Lessing 908-464-6367
Prompt response. Answers all you questions.
Recommended by Kara Crooks

Home Improvement: Radon Testing/Mitigation

Great service. Quick turn around from quote to installation. They handled all town permits and installing the electrical outlets necessary.
Recommended by Kara Crooks

Home Improvement: Roofing

Greg, 908-722-9330
Provided reasonably priced estimate and finished the work in 3 days on a complete roof replacement (including adding a ridge vent) on our house and a replacement on our garage. There was some minor damage to one gutter and as soon as we pointed it out they sent someone out to make the repair. Only downside was that their cleanup left something to be desired. We are still finding nails in our yard 9 months later
Recommended by Shanna Deng

Home Improvement: Window Replacement/Exterior Doors

Dennis 908-273-3224
Will pick screens up from your home to re-screen. Quick turnaround. Great selection of exterior doors.
Recommended by Kara Crooks

Home Inspector

Dean Arrington 908-236-9697
Professional and prompt. Will show you all the workings of your new home.
Recommended by Kara Crooks


Full Service Landscape Design Company
Find them on Facebook and Houzz
Carlos, 908-482-2213
Trimmed back trees to provide sun in 2005
Recommended by W. Poretti
732-583-5885, Scotch Plains, James Iler
Removed several trees around property, ground stumps, and pruned overhead tree growth to let in more light. Professional and knowledgeable, has been in this business a long time. Of three estimates I got, James' price was right in the middle, and he was the only one who seemed to listen to what I wanted done.
Recommended by C. Hartzell

Landscaping & Masonry

Joe Fanchino, 908-464-1555
He built a new front walkway and front steps for us. He did a great, timely job at a great price. We were very happy with the work.
Recommended by W. Poretti

Personal Chef

201-683-6130 Hoboken, NJ - contact Linda Harley, Executive Chef
Linda has done private cooking lessons for me, as well as catered a party for us. Her menu ideas are creative, her recipes are original, and her food is always fresh. She has also provided meals for my family on multiple occasions when I'm too lazy to cook!
Recommended by C. Hartzell

Pets: Dog Walker

Walks our two energetic dogs every weekday and also steps in to help when we're gone for long stretches/short overnights. She's comfortable with our dogs and they love going off for walks with her! We find her rates to be competitive as well.
Recommended by Shanna Deng

Pet Grooming

541 Springfield, BH, 908-464-6015
Great lady who does a great job
Recommended by W. Poretti

Pet Sitting / Kennel

Spa like luxuary for your dog or cat. You can add as many luxury treatments as you would like for your pets stay.br /> Recommended by Kara Crooks

Photography (Family)

Jessica Wernes of Dewdrop Photography took beautiful pictures of our whole family. She was amazing to work with from start to finish. She helped us with every detail from the look of the shoot to the end result of framing and hanging. Be sure to tell her that you found her on the Newcomer's Website!
Recommended by Ritu Chandra


New Providence
Both of my children, aged 3 & 5 years old joined St Andrew's in January 2007 following our arrival from Tonbridge, England. They were made to feel very welcome and settled in quickly despite the enormous changes in their lives. The school is very family orientated and readily welcomes parents into the classroom. Both of my children have been very happy there and I think that is down to the wonderful staff throughout the school and the stimulating activities that they are involved in. My daughter is going to continue for her Kindergarten year which she is excited about and my son will continue into his next class.
Recommended by Sarah Leach

My son goes to St Andrews and really loves it. The nice thing about the school is it is a little bigger than some so they have more spots to place kids. A little less stressful in the application process. Also they have tons of enrichment programs so if your child is ready for a little bit longer day there are lots of options. I have also heard great things about Westminster in Berkeley Heights as well as Union Village which is right on the BH/Gilette line.
Recommended by Meagan Lynn
Berkeley Heights
My son has gone to WNS for 2 years and we are very pleased with the staff, curriculum and culture. They incorporate all studies into their lesson plans; i.e. comparing types of apples, cutting them up, charting likes/dislikes, etc... They touch on math, science, singing, movement, and art. I highly recommend this school. My son loves it!
Recommended by Melissa Johnston
We love it. The extended hours are very helpful for working parents, being able to watch online, and the weekend babysitting is a big bonus.
Recommended by Amy Patton


(908) 464-0664
The whole staff is extremely friendly and loving to all of our pets. They make time to see us on weekends for last minute problems and they are always thorough in their evaluations of each situation.
Recommended by Shanna Deng

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