BY Announcement | Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 3:00pm |
Every parent needs a break once in a while and it can be difficult to find a babysitter for a child who has special needs. Things are about to become easier.
Ten local teens recently completed MetroWest ABLE’s first “Learning to Babysit for Children with Special Needs” training program. This program was implemented in response to families in the community who seek occasional childcare for their children with special needs.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 12:00pm |
In our poll last month asking if you asked other parents if they have a gun in their home before you dropped your child off for a playdate, only 17 percent of you said you did, either because you just assume they don’t have a gun or you feel uncomfortable asking. The Center to Prevent Youth Violence is making it easier by organizing National ASK Day on Friday, June 21.
Parents ask all sorts of questions to protect their children when they play at the home of a friend, neighbor or relative. But there is one important question that more than half of parents say never even occurred to them to ask: “Is there a gun where my child plays?”
ASK Day takes place on the first day of every summer, a time of year when children play more often in other homes, to remind parents nationwide about the importance of asking if there are guns where their kids play.
BY Holly Korus | Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 10:00am |
How do I motivate my children to finish chores, be rewarded for good behavior and be held accountable for the summer smack-down that goes on and off all summer? Sticker Chore Charts!
Tom Petty was Free Fallin’, Lynyrd Skynyrd had his Free Bird and Ricky Gervais loved his Free Love Freeway but ’round these parts there ain’t nuthin’ for free. You want it—you earn it. Or, I know a nice Amish family looking for an extra farm hand this summer. Your choice.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 1:30pm |
The Fourth of July, aka Independence Day, is just a little over two weeks away! There are many ways to celebrate. Parades, parties, fireworks… The choices of patriotic fun are endless.
Here’s where to celebrate the Fourth of July:
Montclair’s 63rd Annual 4th of July Parade, Picnic and Fireworks
Who: All ages.
What: Montclair’s 63rd annual town parade and picnic to celebrate Independence Day. Enjoy food from local vendors, live music by Jungle Gym Band will perform for the young and young at heart, face painting, bouncy house, train rides and more! That night, take the family to see the fireworks!
Where: The parade route is 1.6 miles traveling west on Bloomfield Avenue to Midland Avenue, continuing to Watchung Avenue, west to Valley Road and ending at Edgemont Park where immediately following will be a family picnic. The Montclair July 4th Fireworks display will take place at Yogi Berra Stadium on Montclair State University campus. Gates open at 7:00 p.m.
When: Thursday, July 4. Parade begins at 11 am (rain or shine) The picnic starts immediately after the parade. (no rain date) Fireworks at 9:15 pm.
BY Announcement | Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 11:30am |
Girls Learn International is a non-profit organization that gives American students a voice in the movement for universal education. U.S. High Schools are paired with schools in developing countries that do not normally educate girls. The Montclair High School chapter has a relationship with the Tambea High School in Kenya. For the chapter’s big fundraiser this year, they are hosting their second annual Yoga Class in Sunset Park in on June 22 from 10 am – 12 pm.
After an hour-long class, participants are invited to check out a raffle, eat home-made baked goods and learn about the wonderful work that Girls Learn International has accomplished. Help make this year the best yet for the girls at Tambea High School by coming out to show your support! All proceeds from the event will go to the Tambea School. Tickets are $12 at the door. Bring your own mat. All levels are welcome.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 9:30am |
We ran a ticket giveaway to the Dan Zanes & Friends concert at SOPAC coming up on June 29 back in April. Since then, DZ decided to make the show a Song Gusto Hour, a chance for families and people of all ages to gather and sing at the top of their lungs with Dan and the band. The Song Gusto Hour atmosphere will be loose, communal, and festive. Songbooks are available online to download and families are invited to bring their own instruments so they can sing and play along!
Dan Zanes and Friends, my personal all time favorite family band, perform exuberant, handmade 21st century social music for enthusiastic crowds of families. These Grammy Award Winners occupy a unique place in American music where sea shanties, English music hall, North American and West Indian folk music, Mexican Son Jarocho, the spirit of early rock-and-roll and soulful originals collide. It is an old-fashioned interactive experience where people of all-ages sing and dance with wild abandon to the sound of drums, upright bass, mandolin, electric guitar, trumpet, fiddle and spoons. A Dan Zanes show is always a big musical party.
Thanks to the generosity of SOPAC, we have two more Family 4-Pack of tickets to give away for the Dan Zanes Song Gusto Hour at SOPAC on Saturday, June 29 at 11 am.
BY Steve Maginnis | Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 7:00am |
Dr. MacCormack explains Strategic Plan, while BoE President Robin Kulwin looks on.
Montclair Schools Superintendent Dr. Penny MacCormack tried in vain to convince the critics that her two-year educational Strategic Plan would be effective in improving Montclair schools. Parents and students delivered petitions urging the Board not to adopt it so quickly, with more than 400 signatures from parents and 568 signatures from students. After an interminable and contentious meeting, the Board voted unanimously to adopt it anyway, much to the chagrin of opponents who stayed for the final vote.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Monday, Jun 17, 2013 8:53pm |
Mrs. Clarke with authors Natalie Pope Boyce and Mary Pope Osborne, at this year’s Pennies For Pages kickoff.
At the beginning of tonight’s Montclair Board of Education meeting, still going on now and streaming live here, Dr. MacCormack announced, among other positions, that Nishuane School principal, Mrs Gail Clarke, will be taking on the position of Chief Academic Officer.
Mrs. Clarke just sent the following letter to Nishuane families: