Louder Than Words: Autism Benefit

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2009 3:03pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

aktheater.jpgTomorrow night, Montclair State University’s College of the Arts teams up with The Autism Center at New Jersey Medical School of UMDNJ to offer a night of theater and art.
The night starts off with a wine tasting reception at 6:30 p.m. It’s followed by an original theatrical performance by The Workshop Theatre Ensemble, an acting troupe comprised of adolescents and adults on the spectrum. There will also be a musical interlude and a poetry reading. It doesn’t end there! After the performance, you will tour the George Segal Gallery to see the Warhol show.
The tickets cost $100 and will benefit the theater ensemble and the Special Treament Clinic at UMDNJ. Tickets can be purchased at the door at the Alexander Kasser theater. For further information contact B. Madeline Goldfarb, The Autism Center, 973-972-9422.

We Should Blab to Our Kids More

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2009 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (6)

2636791335_bd1337ba26.jpgI usually like New York Times health writer Jane E. Brody.
But late last night, I read her ridiculous piece called From Birth, Engage Your Child with Talk. I read it on my iPhone when I wasn’t talking to my children. Maybe I should have woken them up. Here’s what Brody writes:

I recently stopped to congratulate a young mother pushing her toddler in a stroller. The woman had been talking to her barely verbal daughter all the way up the block, pointing out things they had passed, asking questions like “What color are those flowers?” and talking about what they would do when they got to the park.
This is a rare occurrence in my Brooklyn neighborhood, I told her. All too often, the mothers and nannies I see are tuned in to their cellphones, BlackBerrys and iPods, not their young children.

It goes on to say that we should talk to our kids more. Mimic them, encourage them, tell them where we’re going, what we’re about to do, and what’s going on when we get there.
Maybe Brody needs to visit Montclair. Moms here blabber everywhere.

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Giveaway: Dan Zanes and Friends Tickets to NJPAC and DVD

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2009 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (47)

F4AM19.jpgAnyone who knows me, knows how much I love Dan Zanes. He and his band make music that everyone can enjoy. I’ll admit it, I listen to his CDs in the car even when my kids aren’t sitting in the back seat.

I’m really excited to announce this giveaway: One lucky person will win a 4-pack of tickets to Dan Zanes and Friends show at NJPAC on October 10. Two additional winners will each receive the new DVD The Fine Friends Are Here, a live concert DVD collection of 13 favorites, three new animated music videos, plus a bonus audio disc of four new unreleased solo Zanes songs.

To enter the contest, keep reading..

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This Week’s Highlights: September 30 – October 6

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2009 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

October is packed with family events: The Little Read, block parties, Halloween events and many more. Be sure to check our calendar often so you don’t miss out on all the fun. Here are this week’s highlights:
Enjoy Nature
September 30
Van Vleck offers a Garden Discovery Program today with the theme of “Signs of Fall”.
Attend a Reading Event
October 2
The Little Read event begins today through Sunday.
Check Out the Seven Dwarfs
October 3
Studio Playhouse performs Snow White.
Have Fun at a Block Party
October 4
Aunt Jean’s Toys & Treats holds it’s 2nd annual block party to raise money for The Montclair Community Pre-K.

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Local Kid Turns Actor

Tuesday, Sep 29, 2009 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

pcooper_ts2.jpgThis local kid isn’t only a Scrabble genius, he’s also a budding actor. Paolo Federico, 12, plays young Peter Cooper in a film called Mechanic to Millionaire: The Peter Cooper Story.
The movie premiered over the weekend at the most fitting of venues: Cooper Union in New York City.
If you want to catch Paolo’s movie, here are the New Jersey show dates:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Rutgers University Zimmerli Art Museum
  • Sunday, Oct. 11 at 1:30 p.m. at The New Jersey State Museum in Trenton
  • Paolo is seventh grader at Glenfield. In addition to playing Scrabble, he also got to play Alexsei Romanov in the play Fire in the Garden in Manhattan in January.
    We always love to hear about accomplishments and cool events. Email your info and .jpgs.

    Spanking Lowers Kids’ IQs: Baristaville vs. Middle America

    Tuesday, Sep 29, 2009 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (9)

    pd_spank_071128_ms.jpgIt was all over the news last weekend: According to a study from the University of Hampshire, spanking kids lowers their IQs. So at least now I know why I didn’t get into Mensa
    Joking aside, the study found that spanking a kid ages 2 to 4 will lower her IQ by 5 points. Spank a kid ages 5 to 9, and their IQ points suffer by 2.8 points.
    Dr. Nancy Snyderman from The Today Show says continually spanking kids causes stress, and they can’t learn well when they’re stressed. “Spanking takes a toll on brain development,” she stated.
    So I asked some parents from Baristaville and also from my hometown near Louisville, Kentucky, whether they spank. I wondered if there’d be a regional difference. Here’s what I found when I asked the question, Do you spank?

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    Local Teens Speak Out About Slut List

    Tuesday, Sep 29, 2009 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

    Some commenters over on our main page didn’t think The Slut List was real news last week. Not that the Today Show is hard-hitting journalism, but they even ran the story on our lovely neighbors over in Millburn. The View covered it, and so did CNN and FoxNews.
    Since then, through the grapevine, I’ve heard that it’s cool to be on Millburn’s freshman class slut list. Slut list = popular and pretty. They have no idea they’re teaching themselves lessons about their future workplaces. Backstabbing, backhanded compliments and inappropriate sexual innuendo can run rampant, even today.
    When I saw this Millburn girl–a recent grad–on FoxNews, see below, I asked two recent Montclair grads for their opinions. Here’s what two cool, well-adjusted young women had to say. They’re both in good colleges right now.
    “I hadn’t heard of it, but when I was in high school, there was a list of nasty rumors about a whole lot of people that was circulating for awhile. It was the topic of conversation for a long time. It’s safe to say I’m not surprised.”
    “It absolutely could happen at any North Jersey high school. That sounds like something catty, self-conscious mean girls do in their free time. I thought it was hilarious.”
    Next year, I’m hoping we don’t read about Millburn’s slut list. But I bet we will.

    Giveaway Winner: Family 4 – Pack to Shaolin Warriors Show at Bergen PAC

    Monday, Sep 28, 2009 5:00pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

    Congratulations to Glen Ridge mom of two girls, jprussak! She is the winner of the 4-pack to The Shaolin Warriors show at Bergen PAC. She is a big Bruce Lee fan and is excited to see this cool Kung Fu show.

    Big, Big, BIG Red Chair Heads to Library

    Monday, Sep 28, 2009 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

    A big red chair just rolled past my house.
    Apparently, it was for The Little Read, a free reading festival going on all over town this weekend.
    So why is a chair gliding down Plymouth Street? Montclair dad Frank Hentschker made a gigantic red chair that needed to get from his garage to the Montclair Public Library’s main branch. He lined up a flatbed truck, but the truck was too small. So he decided to take it to the streets.
    You know Clifford the Big Red Dog? This is the Big Red Chair, all 7 feet of it.
    Frank happens to live a few houses down from me with his wife, MPL Foundation board member Eve Schaenen. He said he only spent a few days making the chair, and he used some materials people were throwing out for bulky waste day. BTW, his favorite children’s book is Pippi Longstocking. Eve’s is Charlotte’s Web.
    That Big Red Chair should be in its new home now–across from the circulation desk at the main branch. Stop in and see it. And don’t miss The Little Read this weekend, Friday through Sunday, which takes place all over town. The schedule is here. I’m reading at the main branch at 10:45 on Saturday, and Georgette is reading on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
    My favorite kids’ book is The Giving Tree. What’s yours?

    Thanks to All for Crane Park Festival

    Monday, Sep 28, 2009 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

    We couldn’t have pulled off our Barista Kids booth without so many awesome helpers last Saturday.
    We thought we had plenty of sand and bottles for sand art, but kids blasted through our stash in less than an hour. Georgette’s DH ran to the craft store to replenish the goodies. He brought back loads of sandy goodness that only lasted one more hour. (Note to KK and GG: Order much more sand art stuff.)
    Thankfully, Jeanette Lauture from Aunt Jean’s Toys & Treats gave us some fancy play-doh from her store that smelled like grapes. Kids liked that. Be sure to check out Aunt Jean’s Block Party next Sunday, October 4, outside her store at 11 a.m.
    Nancy Breslin, our favorite creative CohabiTOT mommy, also saved the day when she appeared with face painting supplies. She painted the crowd while her DH chased their three small children around the festival.
    Thanks also to Drina Holden and the Montclair Center Business Improvement District for inviting us. We also had a great time talking to the real Unbelieva-bill who did his magic show right next to us much to the delight of our own children.
    The best part: We loved meeting so many of you who came out and showed us some love. It was a Fall day success. I just wish we’d brought a sweater. Oh, and some more sand art.

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