The 9th Annual Crane Park Festival: Fun For the Whole Family

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Crane Park Festival

For the ninth year in a row, the annual Crane Park Festival in Monclair will offer  music, art, and lots of fun  for the whole family. The fun community event happens next weekend on Saturday, September 27.

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Child Passenger Safety Week: Guidelines to Keep Your Kids Safe

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


car safety guidelines

It’s Child Passenger Safety Week, a time to inform and remind parents about proper car seat use and making sure your children’s car seats are installed correctly.

Since I had my first daughter 10 years ago, car seat recommendations have changed. It can all be very confusing for parents, whether you’re buckling up your younger children or are a rookie. What type of seat should you get? How do you install it? When can your child sit in a booster seat? When can they sit in front seat? To help answer these questions, we’ve put together the best resources for you.

Here are the current child passenger guidelines for your precious cargo:

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Glen Ridge Woman Spreads Awareness of Pediatric Hydrocephalus

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Pediatric Hydrocephalus Glen Ridge resident Colette Umar seems like a typical twenty year old. She hangs out with friends, attends school and even has a plan for after graduation. “I’ve always wanted to work with children and I’ve always liked school. I plan to study early childhood education and then work with little kids.” A stark difference between Colette and most of her peers, though, is that she has undergone fifteen brain surgeries to help control the excess cerebral spinal fluid collecting around her brain. Colette has hydrocephalus.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, it’s estimated that one to two out of every thousand babies is born with hydrocephalus. In infants, this condition can cause symptoms like: an unusually large head, vomiting, irritability and seizures. It’s often congenital, though it can develop at any age for a variety of reasons. The most common causes of hydrocephalus include: spina bifida, a tumor on the spinal cord or brain, certain infections and traumatic brain injuries. It can lead to neurologic issues and even death if not treated.

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Bouquets for Brendan Tevlin Sprouts Up in Memory of Slain Teen

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Brendan Tevlin

A display of handpicked flowers in glass vases appeared near the curb of a West Caldwell home over the weekend along with a handwritten sign that reads, “Bouquets for Brendan Tevlin.”

The flowers are offered in exchange for a donation to a memorial fund honoring the Livingston teen, who police say was gunned down in his car this past June while driving home from a friend’s house. Tevlin was 19 and had just finished his freshman year at the University of Richmond.

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Montclair Achievement Gap Advisory Panel Launches Community Sharing Forums in October

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Achievement Gap Advisory Panel The Montclair Public Schools’ Achievement Gap Advisory Panel (AGAP) will host a series of fall meetings open to the public to gather information and hear the community’s perspective on how to best address the long-standing achievement gap within the district:

Achievement Gap Community Sharing Forum for Grades K- 5
Monday, October 13, 6:30 pm
Nishuane School – Auditorium, 32 Cedar Avenue
Light refreshments and childcare will be provided.


Achievement Gap Community Sharing Forum for Grades 6-12
Wednesday, October 22, 6:30 pm
Glenfield School – Auditorium, 25 Maple Avenue
Light refreshments and childcare will be provided.

The Montclair Achievement Gap Advisory Panel is an independent body of approximately 40 volunteers comprised of concerned parents, academicians, community organizers, and non-profit leaders.

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Food Allergy Families Rejoice! Sneaky Chef Chocolate No-Nut Butter Has Arrived

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Sneaky Chef Chocolate No-Nut Butter

Missy Chase Lapine, who parents may know from her Sneaky Chef Method and series of books, has developed a new Sneaky Chef Chocolate No-Nut Butter that is so damn good I almost cried when I tasted it. Crying over a chocolate spread? Let me explain…

We found out my oldest daughter, age 10, had a severe peanut allergy and slight hazelnut allergy when she was two years old. Since then, this peanut loving, Nutella addicted mom hasn’t been able to eat the stuff. And neither has my daughter, until Lapine made this delicious, and safe, chocolate no-nut butter.

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Pumpkin Picking Farms in New Jersey

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Pumpkin Picking

Local bakeries and coffee shops are offering pumpkin spice drinks and desserts, there’s a cool, crisp breeze in the air, and the leaves are turning color —  it’s time to pick your pumpkins! Sure you can buy a pumpkin at your local market, but there is something so special about pumpkin picking with the family. It’s a wonderful autumn tradition.

There are many pick your own farms in New Jersey that offer much more than just pumpkin picking. You’ll find corn mazes, hayrides, delicious food and more. And apples are still ripe for picking:

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Are You Ready for Some Football?

BY  |  Monday, Sep 15, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


This past month, as the days got shorter and the sun rose later, my 10-year old son got sadder and sadder. Getting off the bus on the last day of day camp he knew the first day of school was not far behind. Like many, he’s a kid that counts down to summer — all play, no books or enforced bedtimes. The thought that it would be over 250 days until the next summer vacation was just too much for him to bear.

I wasn’t sure when I would see his big broad smile again.

And then he heard the music and his eyes lit up. He says just those first few bars of the theme song send tingles down his spine. It is the bright spot of September for many and it can be summed up in just six words. ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?

With autumn’s arrival comes homework and tests, but it also brings tackles and touchdowns. Goodbye swimsuits, hello jerseys!

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Celebrate Rosh Hashanah with Kids

BY  |  Monday, Sep 15, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

At sundown on Wednesday, September 24, the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, is celebrated. For many Jewish families, it is a holiday of reflection and renewal, as well as a time to share a holiday meal with family and friends.

There are plenty of ideas online for making a festive Rosh Hashanah meal. Barista Kids contributor Anna Sandler gets inspired  by the recipes at The Shiksa in the Kitchen – particularly  her Apple Honey Challah and she’s a huge fan of her Oven Roasted Root Vegetables.

For celebrating the holiday with kids, she recommends heading over to Creative Jewish Mom and choosing a Rosh Hashanah craft from her huge selection. Most are good for mixed ages, and utilize common items you’re likely to have at home. You can make Stuffed Paper Shapes for Rosh Hashanah or Woven Paper Apples.

In addition to your local temple’s services, here are some of fun, family events to celebrate Rosh Hashanah:

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Montclair Parents Concerned Over Dangerous Drivers

BY  |  Monday, Sep 15, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (20)

It seems that the Drive With Care Montclair campaign couldn’t have come at a better time. With the start of the school year and busier roads, Montclair parents have been noticing some seriously dangerous driving. Worse, it’s happening at school pick up and drop off times when children are crossing the streets.

This Montclair parent tweeted her outrage when a car drove past a stopped school bus:

And last Friday in a different part of town, several Montclair parents witnessed a driver continue to drive past a school bus which had its Stop sign out and flashing lights on as children were boarding the bus. Thankfully, one mother stepped out in front to stop the car and protected the children. She took photos, went home, and wrote an email to Police Sgt. Stephanie Egnezzo at the Traffic Bureau:

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