Pictured l-r: Jeremiah Smith, Michael Testa, Vincent Rosa Jr, Joel Lee, Edison Carrera, Roberto Mejia, Jason Jimson (kneeling), Michael Poth Jr, Coach Michael Poth Sr. (Not Pictured: Rashawn Kelly and Kevin Torres)
The Bloomfield Recreation Department recently hosted their High School Intramural Basketball Championship game on Tuesday, February 25th at Bloomfield High School. The Duke Blue Devils earned a victory over the Michigan State Spartans by the score of 55 – 31.
Go enjoy fresh, hot pancakes, sausage, juice, and coffee at the 44th Annual Glen Ridge Pancake Breakfast, a time-honored tradition sponsored by the Glen Ridge Music Parents Association on Saturday, March 15 from 8:30 am – 11 am.
You will be served to you by members of the Glen Ridge High School Chorus and Bands, so don’t be surprised if they break out in song! (Well, maybe not before coffee…) This heart-warming breakfast will be served at the Glen Ridge Congregational Church on Ridgewood Avenue, in the Lower Hall. Tickets are still only $5, at the door or purchased in advance at www.grmpa.org.
It’ll warm your hearts that all proceeds benefit the award-winning Glen Ridge High School music programs. Now that’s something to sing about!
With spring just around the corner, it’s a great time to look through your things to see what you can part with and what you need. You can do that spring cleaning at the Hillside Free Community-Wide Swap, which helps you clear out your closets and/or score some “new to you” items. The 22nd swap will take place on Saturday, March 22 from 9 am – 11 am, with drop off of donations on Friday, March 21. As always, the swapisfree and open to everyone.
Please be sure donated items are clean and useable – something you would want to use or wear, and bikes must be rideable. Donate items on Friday and take ones that you can use on Saturday, all absolutely free, including:
Adult and Children’s Clothing
DVDs, Videos, CDs
New/Unopened (or taped shut) Toys, Games, Puzzles
They CANNOT take: car seats, booster seats, potties, cribs, helmets, skis, computers, printers, computer manuals, outdated software, manuals, textbooks, furniture and any large items.
In a press release sent out from the Superintendent’s office, Dr. Penny MacCormack expresses her approval with the 2014 – 2015 school budget, which the board voted to tentatively approve at last night’s meeting, saying she was “very pleased” and that the $116 million budget focuses on current needs and invests in the future:
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You can check our Calendar for all events this weekend, but here are this weekend’s highlights:
Kids ages 6 – 12 can join Mr. Mike for “Friday Night Science Night” at the Geyer Family YMCA in Montclair. This month’s theme is “Tye Dye!” (Friday, March 7)
On Sunday, March 9 we “spring ahead” our clocks one hour for Daylight Saving Time. While it brings welcome extra daylight in the afternoons and early evening, it can wreak havoc on sleep, especially in children.
If you’re worried about losing even more sleep than the one hour, we have some tips that may help make it a smooth transition.
Board member Anne Mernin and Chief Operations Officer Brian Fleischer
In a second budget workshop meeting that was even longer than the first, the Montclair Board of Education adopted on March 6 tentative budget that modified the 4 percent tax increase advocated by Chief Operations Officer Brian Fleischer. The board tentatively approved a budget that would raise taxes by 4.41 percent to pay for three extra kindergarten teachers and three kindergarten aides, and also to reduce kindergarten class sizes from 24 students to 21.
Fleischer explained the concept of “banked” money that could have been but was not raised through increased tax levies. He said that when Montclair decreased its tax levy by 3.6 percent for the 2012-13 school year, it banked the full difference between what it could have taxed and what it did tax – more than $5.6 million, which was larger than two percent of that year’s budget. The banked cap represented 5.76 percent of Montclair’s current tax levy. The district must use that $5.6 million in the 2014-15 budget or it will expire. Using all of it would actually increase the available cap for 2015-16 and beyond by increasing the tax levy base when an additional 2 percent is calculated. An additional $5.4 million for the two school years (2012-13) and 2013-14) in which taxes were not increased was also generated, giving the district the opportunity to use that additional banked money in future years.
Montclair Art Museum (MAM) announced that students from across New Jersey have received prestigious awards for their artwork through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the 91-year-old national program that recognizes outstanding creative teenagers and offers scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors. The program is administered by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, for which the Montclair Art Museum is the sole affiliate sponsor in New Jersey, the sixth year MAM has served in this capacity. The competition at MAM focuses on visual art.
MAM is one of 115 affiliate organizations nationwide that, in partnership with the Alliance, conduct the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. At MAM, more than 30 jurors, made up of artists, curators, and educators, participated in a series of panels, reviewing 4,500 submissions.
Purim, one of the most festive of the Jewish holidays, begins Saturday night March 15, and continues through sundown on Sunday, March 16.
For those not familiar with Purim, it is a holiday that commemorates the story of the heroic Esther, who was was able though her courage and devotion to Judaism to bring down Haman and his evil plans to destroy the Jewish people.
Snow, potholes and bitter cold — enough said. It’s been a rough winter. Factor in the absent snowplows, dearth of parking and the possibility of a tax bump, and it would be very easy to rag on Montclair. Did I mention the nasty stomach virus circulating?
Okay, we can’t blame that one on Montclair.
Truth be told, I like it here. I just need to remind myself of this sometimes, like right now. To make myself feel better I’ve put together a list of reasons why I love Montclair.
My list is in no particular order, and is subject to change depending on my mood or appetite: