Here is a list of our current contributors. If you like to write, have things to say, we would love to add you to our list. Please contact us today!

Michele C. Hollow covers pets, interior design, remodeling, and travel for numerous publications. She also writes the animal advocacy blog Pet News and Views ( Michele lives in Maplewood with her husband, son and two adorable cats.




Judie Hurtado is a Registered Yoga Teacher, a Certified Kids Yoga Teacher, a Reiki Master and a Health and Wellness Writer. She lives in Maplewood, NJ with her husband and two daughters. You can read more about her at Namaste.




Amanda Lehrman is an elementary school teacher of the gifted and talented in Edison, NJ. She previously taught Kindergarten and 1st grade and worked in the field of corporate education, planning professional development for schools and training teachers in reading intervention programs. She is also a freelance writer, creator of, which focuses on simple, engaging ways for parents to enhance children’s education. Amanda’s writing has been published on and she currently writes a bi-weekly column for her local newspaper.



I am a Maplewood Mom and I love to cook, eat and think about food all day. I have a 9 year old daughter who is my biggest critic and supporter at the same time. She is my guinea pig in the kitchen and tells me exactly how to tweak a dish. I love cooking delicious, healthy food for my friends and family. I travel with my family often and love to get to know new cultures by sampling their foods. I teach people how to cook easy, healthy dishes that are quick and without fuss.
Monica Puri Bangia is a chef and writes frequently on her cooking blog, Sharing Plate (



Kerry Cordero is the owner of The First Look, an image consulting and personal styling business. Kerry is certified in image consulting by The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, she’s trained in color analysis, she is a past president of the NYC chapter of AICI, a professional image organization and she works backstage at NY Fashion Week. She is committed to a high level of professionalism and she continues her image education through classes, networking and mentoring. So far, Kerry has created over 5000 outfits!

What happens when clients work with Kerry? She shows them how to wear clothes that express their personalities, are balanced and flattering to their shapes and complement their coloring. She makes outfits that make people feel they’re distinguished, confident and authentic. And what do clients love the most about working with Kerry? Her enthusiasm, her sense of fun and her ability to impart confidence in everyone she works with. Try a style session and see how changing your clothes can change your life. Kerry is also a highly accomplished speaker and writer on polishing one’s professional presence. She speaks at both top tier corporations across the country as well as at small meetings for organizations and local groups. Her goal is to leave each attendee with their own ah-ha moment in which they learn a new image tip or see themselves dressed more beautifully. She writes a monthly newsletter, blogs for and has been published and interviewed in local media. Check out her website at or email at

Anu Mahadev is a stay at home mom to Aditya, almost 6 years old and has been living in South Orange for the past 6+ years. In her spare time she loves to write, read, listen to music and travel. She is also a poet and is soon releasing her very first collection of poems, titled Myriad, dealing with the emotional roller coaster that is life.




Daniela LaValva, LCSW, is a therapist and Forensic Social Worker.  Ms. LaValva graduated from Columbia University School of Social Work in 1995, with an MS in Social Work and a minor in Law.  Since graduating she has worked in various settings.  She developed a private practice in Maplewood in 2001 and has worked extensively with children and families.  Along with providing therapeutic services, Ms. LaValva provides pre and post divorce mediation around parenting planning and parenting concerns.
Her new office is located in Maplewood.  Baker Street Associates, LLC, 108 Baker Street, Suite 300,  Maplewood, NJ  07040  973 378-2288.


Rhonda J. Panken, Esq. is South Orange mother of two and a member of the bar in New York and New Jersey.  She is  an experienced litigator, a family mediator, and a collaborative divorce attorney who brings more than 19 years of family and matrimonial law expertise and experience to her work. Her practice is exclusively devoted to resolving family law and matrimonial issues for clients so they can move on with their lives.  Find her website and blog at