Montclair Trick or Treat Guide

Friday, Oct 31, 2008 10:14am  |  COMMENTS (0)

624155277505_0_ALB.jpgWhat are the local rules on trick or treating? It was like trying to figure out who the stick people are in The Blair Witch Project. A dispatcher for the Montclair PD got all spooky on me: “Halloween is not official! We have nothing to do with trick or treat.” Yikes.

Granted, he has enough on his plate. The latest rumors–all false according to the Star-Ledger–are about gang initiation shootings around town tonight. Double yikes.

I still want to take my 1-year-old, AKA Johnny Rotten, and twin 3-year-olds, AKA Sid & Nancy, out for a few minutes early this evening, and I want to trick or treat safely.

I called my friend, Alma Schneider. She’s been through more than 5 local Halloweens with her 4 children. I also consulted the Montclair Watercooler Yahoo Group where another mom gave good unofficial tips. Here’s what I came up with.

Guidelines for Trick or Treating in Montclair:

  1. Little kids (age 4 and under) can start at 5 p.m.
  2. Bigger kids start a little later, around 6 p.m.
  3. Trick or treating is generally over by 7 p.m.
  4. If you’re staying home to give out candy, be prepared for snarky teenagers not in costume. Some–of course, not all–will tell you that you’re the Bride of Chucky if you don’t give them candy. If you don’t want to deal, don’t answer the door. Or be prepared with your speech.
  5. If you run out of candy, put a sign on the door: NO MORE CANDY. Certain streets like Montclair Avenue are heavy-traffic areas for trick-or-treaters. (Though I hear the lady who gives out Scholastic books is taking this year off.)
  6. If you don’t want trick or treaters, put a sign on the door or turn your lights out on the first floor of your house.
  7. Trick or treat is unofficially over at 7 p.m., and the people who come after then tend to be scary.

Another alternative is to hit Bloomfield Avenue. My hairdresser, Alicia Acuna at Alicia’s Hair & Design on Bloomfield Avenue at Midland sent me an email: “We will be giving out treats after 1 p.m. tomorrow if you want to stop by and bring the kids.” I hear all of the stores down there will be giving candy after 3 p.m.

Sweet.

Do you have any tips for keeping Halloween in Montclair zombie-free?

Expensive Tickets I Need to Buy Now

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2008 12:20pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

elmogordon.jpgBreaking news for Elmo freaks, and those who love them. This morning, Luna Stage announced their upcoming show, Live From Sesame Street: Gordon and Elmo on Saturday, November 15, at 11 a.m.

This won’t be some oversized college kid in a scrappy red suit who will make your 3-year-old cry. I’m talking about the real deal. Roscoe Orman, the local legend who has played Gordon on Sesame Street for more than 20 years, will perform with the Kevin Clash. The Kevin Clash who is Elmo creator and puppeteer.

I don’t know what they’ll be doing at their show, but I know for sure that my twins and baby will go gaga.

Proceeds will benefit Luna Stage, and the ridiculously expensive $35-per-butt (babies-in-arms are free) admission fee is tax-deductible. Well, maybe $35 isn’t so high considering Counting Crows went for $75 per set of ears, and Adam Duritz isn’t Elmo. Hopefully, I can talk my husband into it. Or maybe Annabelle and Estelle can get a job and pay for it themselves.

Who: Elmo addicts and their adoring (spoiling) parents
What: Live From Sesame Street! Gordon and Elmo. A benefit for Luna Stage, which is awesome. I just talked to Colleen at Luna, and she said tickets will probably sell out quickly, and
1,000 seats are available. It’s general admission.
Where:
Montclair High School Auditorium
141 Park St.
Montclair, NJ 07042
When: Saturday, November 15, 11 a.m.
Why: Because you know you live for Elmo.
Cost: $35, tax-deductible. Call Luna at 973-744-3309 or try ordering online (it wasn’t working earlier today, or maybe I’m techno-stupid).

Mommies Who Rock

Sunday, Oct 26, 2008 4:31pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

AlmaSchneider3.jpgUsually, my posts will be about cool, or at least sort of cool, stuff for kids. But last night, I was moved by something a bunch of moms did. When woman-around-town Alma Schneider, you may know her as the queen of Parents Who Rock, sent an email reminder of the all-woman Goddess Rock fundraiser last night at Diva Lounge, I booked my favorite sitter, talked my husband into it and headed out the door.

At some point in this creative rock show, Alma emphasized that all of the vocalists were, in fact, mothers, and I tried to imagine my own mother’s friends putting on these kinds of performances in 1977. The only place their generation could express themselves so openly was in the church choir singing renditions of In the Sweet, Bye and Bye. Last night, forget the hymns. One Liz Phair-like mom, Aviva Patz, sang:

Drug me up/medicate me
Love me up/please sedate me
I get so high on your pills
Just pop the top and I get chills

I’m sure she wasn’t talking about Gummy Vites, thank god. Aviva reminded me that there is life postpartum.

The night was good, gritty fun that made me jones for the cigarettes I gave up in college. And, of course, it was for a good cause. Goddess Rock packed Diva Lounge at $10 a head. The proceeds went to The Pink Breast Cancer Program in Newark, NJ, which is definitely sweet, in the bye and bye.

Cleaning Ladies

Sunday, Oct 26, 2008 3:54pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Lisione Da Silva
Experienced, honest, reliable and hardworking housekeeper who can also do sitting has a few openings. Can cook and run errands, too. Legal and drives. Many excellent references.
Phone: Two-zero-one-889-8314
Email

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Joovy Big Caboose Triple Stroller

Sunday, Oct 26, 2008 3:47pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

BigCaboose_header.jpgThis stroller is a good solution for three small kids. My Joovy Big Caboose is in excellent condition and comes with the car seat adapter. I can get it into my minivan, and I’m a small woman. It’s not the best triple stroller, I’ll be honest, but it is a solution for a trip or in a pinch. $50 firm. Email me for more information.

Sitters Available & Families Looking

Sunday, Oct 26, 2008 2:04pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Caregivers Looking for Work
Savatrie
Baby-sitter looking for 1 day a week, Thursdays. From her current employers: “She is WONDERFUL with amazing references and has been with me for 2 years.” Savatrie lives in Montclair and can get to Bloomfield, Montclair or Glen Ridge. She drives but doesn’t currently have a car. Her number is Nine-Seven-Three-943 2212. Email her current employer for a reference.
11-19-08

Meg
Glen Ridge Nanny available Tuesday-Friday from 7 p.m. on; Saturday-Sunday all day.
Outstanding, local references available; open to any and all background checks required.
Experience with infants to teens; willing to assist with light housekeeping. Driver’s license and safe, reliable vehicle. Negotiable hourly rate.
Email Meg for additional info and a contact phone number.
11-12-08

Sarah Elsby
NJ Certified Teacher, Bachelor’s Degree CHS & Special Ed
Spot-sitting and tutoring for all ages and grade levels
Experience with Special Needs
Phone: Nine-Seven-Three-809-8052
Email Sarah
10-27-08

Varsha Patel
Experienced P/T nanny (longtime sitter for the Unitarian Congregation nursery)
Call for availability
Drives
Phone: Nine-Seven-Three-743-4439
10-27-08

Leela
Experienced nanny looking for F/T
Drives
Phone: Nine-Seven-Three-783-5122
10-27-08

Haide (“Heidi”) Yence
Experienced nanny available after 6:30 p.m. weekdays and all day weekends
(longtime sitter for the Unitarian Congregation nursery)
Lives nearby and takes public transportation
Phone: Nine-Seven-Three-632-6713
10-27-08

Families Looking for Caregivers
Child Care Needed in Montclair. Mon.-Fri. 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. with occasional over-time.  Kind, loving family seeks responsible, fun and energetic sitter for boy/girl twins age 5. Pick-up from school, help with homework, supervise playdates, take them to after school activities and prepare dinner for them. Must have a car, good driving record and references. Call Nine-Seven-Three-509-1984 or email.
11-19-08

Experienced sitter wanted in Upper Montclair. After-school care for 3 first-graders (triplets). Hours are Mon.-Fri. 3:30-6:30 p.m., some evenings and holidays. Pick up from school bus, play, homework, drive to activities, start dinner. Must have references, clean driving record. December start.
Phone: Patricia Nine-Seven-Three-608-7363
Email: schramm123(at)gmail(dot)com
10-29-08

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