Montclair Police Issue Predator Warning

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2009 4:48pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

policecar.jpgI’m on vacation, but I’m not far away thanks to SeaMobile.

Here is breaking news from the Montclair Police Department. They issued a warning to Montclair High School kids and parents about a predator attempting to lure children into his car.

My kids go to The Montclair Coop which is just down the street. But no matter where you live in Baristaville, this news is alarming, as Baristanet reported yesterday. Here is the warning our school just sent us.

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Help With the College Admissions Process

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2009 12:40pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

thechoice_main2.pngI’m having a hard enough time thinking about my little girl starting kindergarten in September, so I know I will be a wreck when she is old enough to start applying to colleges.

If you have a college-bound teen and the admission process has you confused, there is a place to get help.  The Choice, a NY Times blog, offers answers to all your questions about admissions, financial aid, trends and other news from the admissions world.

Tommorrow is the day when most admission decisions arrive in the mail. Whether you are elated or disappointed with the news, you will have questions about what to do next. Beginning April 6, The Choice will have a panel of experts available to help you going forward. 

Getting help with the difficult and anxiety-inducing process of college admissions is great. Now if only they could help you come to terms with your kid leaving for college.

Recession Buster: Free Community-Wide Swap This Weekend

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 31, 2009 7:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

hillsideswap.JPGI hate clutter. As soon as I’m finished with something, I give it to a friend, bring it to a consignment shop or donate to a good cause. I am also a big fan of getting free stuff. Not only does it help my wallet, but freecycling is good for the environment too. This weekend, I’ll get to do both. The 8th Free Community-Wide Swap is taking place at Hillside School.   

Jane Marcus, the creator and organizer of the event, took the time to speak with me about the swap:  

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What Do Your Kids Call Other Adults?

BY  |  Monday, Mar 30, 2009 12:45pm  |  COMMENTS (3)


At my daughter’s playgroup, I was having a conversation with the other moms and the topic turned to how we teach our children to address other adults. We were torn on what was the proper etiquette. (Kristen’s kids are working on their good manners at left.) We all want our children to be respectful, but that word means different things to each of us.

Some of the moms feel that it is more respectful for their children to address other adults by Mr. or Mrs. followed by a last name. The other moms felt that was too formal and thought first names were fine. One thing we could all agree on was that using Miss and a first name was way too Southern for us Baristaville moms.

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Experience a Gustafer Yellowgold Show

BY  |  Monday, Mar 30, 2009 7:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)


Gustafer Yellowgold is a little, cone-headed guy who came to Earth from the Sun. His hobbies include punching cheese and jumping on cake. Gustafer is friends with a pterodactyl and has a pet eel named Slim and a pet dragon named Asparagus. If this sounds a bit far out and trippy….it is.

Gustafer Yellowgold was created by Morgan Taylor, a former rock musician and cartoonist. The NY Times has called his show, “a cross between ‘Yellow Submarine’ and Dr. Seuss.” He has won numerous awards, including two NAPPA Gold awards and New York Magazine named him “Best Kids’ Performer” in its 2008 Best of New York Awards.

Taylor is another one of the refreshing children’s performers, who not only has fans among the preschool set, but grown-ups really dig him too. In fact, a Gustafer Yellowgold show has been the supporting act for Wilco.

Morgan told me about Gustafer Yellowgold and his upcoming show at the Montclair Library…

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Doll Tea Today in Glen Ridge

Sunday, Mar 29, 2009 7:02am  |  COMMENTS (0)

dolltea1.jpgThe popular Favorite Doll Tea is today at the Women’s Club of Glen Ridge.

This event was expected to sell out. Girls with dollies, and the parents who love them, will attend a tradition High Tea.

I’m not quite sure what a High Tea is, honestly, but it could be way fun. Dude.

See the photos from last year’s tea at left and on the next page.

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The Family Center YMCA’s Summer Camp Sign-up: One Woman’s Adventure

Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 11:50am  |  COMMENTS (0)

FCBanner.pngRegistration for Early Adventures and Explorers Summer Camp opened at 8:00 this morning at the Montclair Family Center YMCA. If this was your first time, you may not have known that people get on line as early as 6:30 a.m. to secure a spot for their kids. 

I learned from my experience last year, that securing a spot in these camps was a competetive event.

This year, I was smart… I made my husband get up at 6:15 in order to get there and wait on line. He got there at 7 a.m. and was #68 and we got a spot in the five sessions we wanted. My 5 year-old and I will be so happy this summer. She will be having fun and Mommy gets a break.


Christina Loccke, a Barista Kids reader and first-timer, told us about her experience….


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Free Family Concert on Sunday

Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 9:50am  |  COMMENTS (0)

communityband.jpgI will be on a cruise, or I wouldn’t miss this free family concert on Sunday.

I’m especially grateful for anything free because I spent hundreds of dollars yesterday on concert tickets for me and my friends to see The Shins. My friends are good for the money. I hope.

Here are the details on tomorrow’s all-ages shin dig, performed by the Montclair Community Band. Musicians will play Disney favorites and other familiar music.

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The Price of Concert Tix Freaking You Out?

Friday, Mar 27, 2009 7:38pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

jonasbros.jpgA seemingly nice New York Times reporter emailed me this request today:

“Tickets are just about to go on sale for the Jonas Brothers Summer Tour, and the fan club presale began on Monday. I’m wondering if there are any parents reading your site who might be interested in talking about their experiences, good or bad. What do you say?”

Does his story speak to you? Then speak to Ben.

He’s doing the piece for the Culture pages about the outrageous price of concert tickets.

I, for one, can’t stand Ticket Bastard, oh, I mean Master. The fees are insane.

I just bought tickets to The Shins today, and on May 17 at the Wellmont, I’ll go with my friends Georgette, LookyDaddy , twin mom Blythe and another close mommy friend named Allison.

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Vacation Time: I Need to Pack

Friday, Mar 27, 2009 10:05am  |  COMMENTS (2)

babypacking.jpgI am packing today.

I’m psyched that my family of five is going on vacation.

I’m also terrified. Is a vacation really a vacation with three children ages 3 and under?

We are going to find out.

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