Sponsored Post: Have It All This Fall at Kidville Montclair!

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 12:30pm  |  Comments Off

Gym, Music, Art, Dance, Pre-School Prep, Birthday Parties & More!



Enrollment is now open at Kidville Montclair and the semester begins on September 8th!  Classes are $99, and include UNLIMITED Playspace!

Kidville is an award winning enrichment center offering a variety of classes for kids newborn to age 6!

Come visit the 4500 square foot facility conveniently located on Valley Road in Upper Montclair with FREE (and ample) parking!
Continue Reading

Parents Spending More on Back to School Shopping Thanks to Electronics

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

back to school shoppingDriven by increased demand for electronic items combined with the yearly restocking of school supplies, parents are spending slightly more on back to school shopping than last year, according to to the National Retail Federation Back to School Survey. 

The average family with children in grades K-12 will spend $669.28 on clothing, shoes, supplies and electronics, up 5 percent from $634.78 last year. 

NRF this year broke down spending by grade, and according to the survey, families with high school students will spend the most. The survey found the average family shopping for high school students will spend $682.99, while spending on middle school/junior high comes in a close second at $682.13. Parents with elementary school-age children will spend an average of $580.94.

Continue Reading

Montclair School District Launches “Equity Innovation Plan” to Bring Tech into 21st Century

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 8:15am  |  COMMENTS (4)

tecnology upgrades

The Montclair School District has just announced what it calls, “the most ambitious plan in its history to ensure innovation resources reach every classroom in the District.”

The district states that an internal audit conducted this spring by newly hired District Technology Director Barry Haines, found an inequitable divide within the District, with some schools having an 11:1 student-to-computer ratio, while other schools had a 3:1 ratio. In addition, the audit found that the current, shared school internet connection barely provided students and teachers with the needed bandwidth to access the key foundations for digital learning. More specifically the audit found that the broadband connection provided the same speed that a single home using a connection such as dial up provided in the mid-1990s.

“Montclair has the most highly effective teachers and principals in the state, yet our schools are fending for themselves when it comes to technology and innovation. We need to ensure our District does not become a series of “have” and “have not” schools,” stated Superintendent of Schools Dr. Penny MacCormack.

Continue Reading

Montclair Film Festival’s Summer Series Ends With Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on Friday Night

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Who wants to see Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on Church Street this Friday night? Anyone? Anyone?

Take your teens to Montclair Film Festival’s final outdoor film of the season and welcome in the new school year with the hilarious 1986 classic. There will also be a special appearance by Big Mamou before the film.

You know, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” 

Continue Reading

ShopRite of Brookdale in Bloomfield Was a Major Contributor to NCJW Back 2 School Store

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

NCJW Back 2 School Store

One of the most influential sponsors for this year’s NCJW/Essex 6th Annual Back 2 School Store was ShopRite of Brookdale in Bloomfield which donated all of the undergarments and socks for the August 3 event.

Continue Reading

Day Trip: Round Valley Recreation Area

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Round Valley Recreation Area

We’re past mid-August, and families have reached the time of summer desperation. All in the name of creating vacation memories, they either suddenly realize they haven’t taken enough trips, or because they have run out of new places to go. We are lucky in the Baristaville area in that we have countless choices for day trips to enjoy the best that summer has to offer. The Round Valley Recreation Area in Lebanon, NJ is a fantastic option for camping, grilling, swimming, and all around summer fun.

Just about an hour away, depending on traffic, the New Jersey State Park has extensive shady areas for picnicking and grilling. In a separate area, there is a sandy beach with lifeguards, changing rooms and restrooms, a snack bar, and two playgrounds. Families can also take a break from the beach by hiking one of the trails, knowing that cooling off in the lake is the reward of return. This is a carry in/carry out park, and you will receive a trash bag upon entry.

If you are lucky enough to be able to get away during the week, an almost empty beach will greet you and the family at Round Valley Recreation. Enjoy the sandy beach and not-too-cold water in quiet and relaxation. A favorite pastime for young people is wading around in the swimming area for net-fishing. Others just wait patiently for the tiny fish to nibble on toes. For families with children who have a low tolerance for an ick-factor, according to my son, the lake floor is walkable and not “gooey” at all.

Continue Reading

The Average Cost of Raising a Child Is Now Almost a Quarter of a Million Dollars

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

cost of raising a child

Housing, diapers, food, clothing, child care, education…all the things that cost money once you have a baby. And according The United States Department of Agriculture annual report, Expenditures on Children by Families, the cost of raising a child  born in 2013 to middle-income couples is $245,343 by the time she is 18 years old.

That’s up from $241,080 in 2012.

Estimates can vary widely depending on where you live and how much you earn.

Continue Reading

DIY Magnetic Homework Station

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

 Magnetic Homework Station

Back to School time brings a mix of excitement and nerves for both children and parents. You can help ease the transition of getting back to a busier schedule with more responsibility by creating a Magnetic Homework Station filled with all the essentials your child will need to succeed. Getting the kids excited about homework isn’t easy, but we bet this special station will help. 

This calendar is magnetic, so you can easily update it when the month changes. It’s an easy way to keep track of homework assignments a month at a glance:

Continue Reading

Wildwood: A Jersey Shore Family Vacation Guide

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Although I grew up in New Jersey, beach vacations (or “going down the shore” as we like to say) wasn’t part of my childhood. However, Wildwood has become a summer family staple for us as a vacation destination. A vacation in Wildwood, although less than three hours from Montclair (Garden State Parkway traffic notwithstanding), makes you feel like you’ve stepped into a whole new world.

Continue Reading

Family Fun to be Had at St. Sebastian’s Feast and Carnival in Montclair

BY  |  Monday, Aug 18, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

St. Sebastian’s Feast & Carnival

The 88th St. Sebastian’s Feast and Carnival will fill Kaveny Field in Montclair with rides (including the new “Ring of Fire Roller coaster”), games, bocce, face painting and my favorite—zeppoles! It all happens from August 20 – 24.

Festivities end on Sunday, August 24 at 3:30 pm with the Procession of the statue of St. Sebastian beginning at Our Lady of Mount Carmel through the streets of Montclair, where it will arrive at the feast at 6:30 pm.

Continue Reading

Follow, Friend, Subscribe