All American Memorial Day

Monday, May 31, 2010 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

memorialdaybbq.jpgNineteen-month-old Theo, from Glen Ridge, is celebrating Memorial Day in true American style –grilling up some burgers.
He had some help firing up the grill from his brother Max….

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Memorial Day

Monday, May 31, 2010 6:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

800px-Americanflags.jpgToday remember the men and women who died while in military service. Attend a local service and/or parade with your family:
Montclair Memorial Day Service
Who: All ages.
What: Annual Memorial Day service. Mayor Jerry Fried will preside as Master of Ceremonies.
Where: Edgemont Park, Valley Road, Montclair, NJ, 07043.
When: Monday, May 31 at 10 am.
Glen Ridge Memorial Day Parade
Who: All ages.
What: Memorial day parade, service and town picnic with entertainment, amusements and food.
Where: Parade starts at Sherman Avenue and Baldwin Street. The march will proceed to the memorial in front of Ridgewood Avenue School, where the traditional service of remembrance will take place. The town picnic will be at Hurrell Field after the service.
When: Monday, May 31. Parade starts at 11 am and everything follows.

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Party in the (Iris) Garden

Sunday, May 30, 2010 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Yesterday, the volunteers at the Presby Iris Gardens, presented the annual Family Garden Party. And it was a great party. There were refreshments, educational exhibits, music and a student art display. While music students from Bloomfield Middle School entertained, Baristaville’s kids enjoyed face painting (by Maria Finucane–an amazing artist), flower petal art and met critters from the Turtle Back Zoo.

Memorial Day Weekend: Day Trips

Saturday, May 29, 2010 7:00am  |  COMMENTS (3)

parkwaysign.jpgIf you’re not one of the lucky ones vacationing this long weekend, day trips are a great way to feel like you did something special.
Grab your keys, pack the kids into the car and arrive at your destination in less than two hours.
Here is a list of some day trips we’ve written about that are fun for the entire family:
The Crayola Factory
The New York Botanical Gardens
Fire Island
Hershey Park
Sandy Hook
Do you have a great day trip destination? Share it with us in comments.
(photo: Flickr / wfyurasko)

Quest Academy Will Not Present Plans at Charter School Meeting

Friday, May 28, 2010 4:14pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Founders of Quest Academy, the charter school which is awaiting final approval to open up in Montclair in 2011, has sent out the following email about the upcoming meeting:

May 28, 2010
The founders of the Quest Academy Charter School, which is pending review and approval by the State Department of Education, will not present the plans for the school to the public at the meeting scheduled for June 2nd by the League of Women Voters.
The application for the school is still pending with the state. Therefore, this meeting is premature considering that the state will not render its decision on the application until September, 2010.
The Quest Academy team will attend the meeting to listen to the concerns expressed by the experts scheduled to appear, Drs. Bulkley and Alvarez. When the invitation to this meeting was accepted, it was presented as a small meeting between one founder and the superintendent and the LWV, not a public showcase for the plan for implementing the school.
We will pay close attention to the issues the public may bring up at this presentation. The Quest Academy team of founders will, at some time in the near future, issue their own press release announcing its own forum for presenting the school to the Montclair community.
The founders would like to remind the people of Montclair, that the state may approve the founding of this school without the consensus of the entire Montclair community and without the support of the superintendent or Board of Education. The founders welcome the honest opinions and concerns of the people of Montclair. Once we know what those concerns are, we will address them one by one. The founders are confident the charter school, if approved, will be an asset to the community, adding to the tradition of school choice in Montclair at the high school level as it exists at all other levels.

Your Weekend Itinerary: Memorial Weekend Edition

Friday, May 28, 2010 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

todotodaylist.jpgToday kicks off the start of Memorial Weekend. If you’re not going away, don’t worry–there’s plenty to do around Baristaville. We’ve put together some great itineraries to please all types of families. Check May 29, May 30 and May 31 listings for all the details:
For the Patriotic Family:
Saturday, May 29
10 am - Attend Little Falls Memorial Day parade, ceremony and picnic.
2 pm - Celebrate Fleet Week at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Tours boats, watch a tug of war between the Military branches and Mascots from your favorite sports teams and see a performance from Broadway’s Wicked.
Sunday, May 30
11:30 am - Go play at Imagine That! and make a Memorial Day flag to honor of service men and women.
Monday, May 31
Various times in the am - Attend a Memorial Day service or parade in Baristaville.
3 pm - Take the little ones to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan for their special Memorial Day events.

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Mt. Hebron School Chorus Receives Superior Scores at Music Festival

Friday, May 28, 2010 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

mthebronmusicians.JPGMontclair’s Mt. Hebron School’s Chorus participated in The High Note Music Festival last Friday, May 21 held in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Mt. Hebron was one of 14 schools from NJ and PA who participated.
Schools who perform are scored. Groups receive points for tone, intonation, diction, technique, interpretation, balance and musical repertoire. The chorus performed three selections, “Sing With Jubilation”, “This is Why We Sing” and “Let My People Go”. Marrisa Hickman accompanied the chorus on piano and Austin Eaton accompanied on drums.
Mt. Hebron’s Chorus and Band both received superior ratings on Friday for their performances. The chorus earned a score of 98 points from one judge and 97 points from the other (out of 100). The organizers of the festival told Mt Hebron’s Fine Art’s Subject leader and choir director, Mary Ann Cool that The Mt. Hebron Chorus was by far the most professional group out of all of their sites. These were the highest scores the chorus has ever received. See some of the chorus members and Mrs. Cool celebrating in the photo above.
(Photo by Dottie Voynick)

Pizza! Pizza!

Friday, May 28, 2010 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

On Wednesday, June 2, Whole Foods Market in West Orange will be hosting a Let’s Make Pizza KIDZ Class. Kids are invited to join Pat, the pizza expert, to learn how to make their own personal pizza and garlic knots and then bake them in our very own Brick Oven:
KIDZ Class: Let’s Make Pizza
Who: Kids ages 5 and up.
What: Pat, the pizza expert, will teach your child how to make their own personal pizza and garlic knots and then bake them in our very own Brick Oven.
Where: Whole Foods Market, 235 Prospect Avenue, West Orange, NJ.
When: Wednesday, June 2 at 4 pm
Cost: $5. To register, please call 973.669.3196 or stop by Customer Service.
If you’re feeling so inspired create a Baristaville Pizza Kitchen right in your own home, here’s an easy recipe and instructional video for pizza dough:

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Why Barista Kids Looks Different Today

Friday, May 28, 2010 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Regular followers of Barista Kids know that we’ve been having technical difficulties all week. Some readers have been getting malware warnings and have been unable to get onto the site. Many readers have had difficulty commenting. Please know that our technical staff has been working nonstop on this all week. Nobody has been more frustrated than us. We’re here to give you event information, resources and parenting discussion and you haven’t been able to get it.
We now think that we have identified the source of the problem and eliminated it, but it required us to completely take down all our ads and re-install the software. We will be replacing them, manually, all day.
Thanks to everyone who reported their technical problems to us. Thanks, readers, for your patience all week. And a special thank you to our advertisers for their patience while the ad database is reconstructed.

The State of the Baristaville Mother: Part 2

Friday, May 28, 2010 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

pregnant.jpgFor the second in the series about childbirth, I spoke to a North Jersey mom who used a midwife and doula for both her pregnancies but experienced two completely different births.
Amanda Power didn’t see herself as the homebirth type so when she was planning to deliver her first child she never considered anything other than a hospital birth. Amanda toured St. Clair’s Hospital where she was to give birth and asked plenty of questions. She received all the right answers, but when she arrived at the hospital in labor, the answers it seemed had changed.
While Amanda was told on the tour she would be able to walk around as she labored, after she checked in she was told to lie down immediately. She wasn’t satisfied with the turn of events and questioned the nurses, who eventually relented. “But,” she pointed out, “I had to fight them for that.” Amanda also was told she could deliver naturally on the tour, but as soon as she was admitted she was repeatedly offered epidural. The most significant discrepancy in appearance and reality, though, was the hospital’s advertisement of a birthing pool.
Upon her arrival at the hospital, Amanda asked that the pool be prepared for her. The nurses told her patients were unable to use the pool without a doula. She informed them she had a doula. The nurses then claimed a midwife must be present in order to use the pool. Amanda’s midwife arrived a short time later at which point the nurses again switched the rules and said both the doula and the widwife needed to be present. Once everyone was in attendance, the nurses told Amanda they didn’t know how to operate the birthing pool. At this point Amanda’s husband instructed the nurses on how to work the pool, and both her husband and her sister ran back and forth filling coffee pots and containers with hot water from the sink to fill up the pool.

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