Here We Go Again: School Early Dismissals and Closures

BY  |  Monday, Jan 31, 2011 7:56pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

You know the routine. A winter storm warning is in effect until 7 pm on Wednesday. According to AccuWeather, we’re expected to get “6 TO 9 INCHES OF SNOW ACCUMULATION…AND UP TO A HALF AN INCH OF ICE ACCUMULATION BY LATE WEDNESDAY.”

Little Falls Public Schools have already called an early dismissal for tomorrow. Check back often to learn if other schools will close early as well:

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February Break Vacation Camps & Activities

BY  |  Monday, Jan 31, 2011 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

All of Baristaville’s schools are closed on Monday, February 21 for Presidents Day, but some schools are closed two days and some lucky kids get the entire week off.

If you have to work, there are great childcare options available. If you happen to be home too, there are also some fun, family workshops and events to enjoy:

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Bloomfield BoE Announces New Superintendent

BY  |  Monday, Jan 31, 2011 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Bloomfield Board of Education announced the selection of Mr. Jason Bing-Schetelick as the new Superintendent of schools. His five-year, $167,500 contract begins April 21 and expires June 30, 2016. Mr. Bing-Schetelick will replace Interim Superintendent of Schools Ms. Catherine Mozak.

Mr. Bing-Schetelick, age 41, was Superintendent at Great Meadows Regional School District in Warren County before being hired as Superintendent of schools in Barnegat Township. According to, he was unanimously approved by the board, but that “the board was met by about 60 angry residents, claiming they were left in the dark by the hiring process and not afforded a chance to meet the top two superintendent candidates in a public setting.”

Barista Soup Party

BY  |  Monday, Jan 31, 2011 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Holly, Alison and Melody

Thanks to our own Holly Korus, aka Ask Holly, a group of Baristas, a Mister Barista and Alison J. Bermack, got together over the weekend to make soup for the Cooking With Friends Souper Bowl. Holly was so inspired by our original story about the Souper Bowl, she volunteered to host so we could make a soup donation.

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Family YMCA and the Performing Arts

BY  |  Monday, Jan 31, 2011 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Little Y is no longer the Little Y. Too many cool new things have happened, and the place has outgrown that old nickname. Instead, call it the Family Y for short. The Geyer Family YMCA in Montclair already hosts a wide variety of classes and camps for younger kids, but now they’re offering classes to parents and caregivers, too. It’s all part of the new YMCA of Montclair School of the Performing Arts. They held their ribbon cutting last Saturday night and invited the community to sample many fun classes (as seen in the slideshow by photographer Chanda Hall above). Barista Kids (Georgette and I) were there as sponsors. Even Mrs. Helen Geyer herself came out for the big event.

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MHS Students Charm a Packed House at Concert for Haiti

BY  |  Sunday, Jan 30, 2011 12:41pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair High School’s glee club, The Passing Notes opened the 2nd Annual Concert for Haiti last night with an eclectic selection of songs ranging from classic Americana and do wop to modern pop/rock, beginning what was to be an evening packed with outstanding performers of all ages.

The 14-member, student-run group (led by Jason Cerf and Elena Juliano) wowed the audience with original a capella arrangements and showmanship that was as tightly orchestrated as any top professional ensemble. Soloists showed a range of styles and vocal abilities, while the meticulously modulated back up harmonies added depth and punctuation. Songs performed ranged from the traditional folk song Nelly Bly to the Gershwin jazz standard Someone to Watch Over Me (video below featuring Desiree Bannister), sixties pop single Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye) and Modest Mouse’s contemporary rock anthem Float On. Continue Reading

Montclair Celebrates Chinese New Year

BY  |  Sunday, Jan 30, 2011 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Last year, Montclair’s Nishuane Elementary School’s Mandarin program put on a Chinese New Year celebration for an extremely packed crowd. People were standing in every part of the Montclair Public Library’s auditorium. This year, they decided to hand out tickets on a first-come-first-served basis for two shows at 2 pm and 3 pm. It was better for viewing the show, you had a seat with a good view, but many people, including parents of children in the Mandarin program, couldn’t get a ticket. If you were lucky enough to get in, it was a great show. Full disclosure: My daughter is a 1st grader at Nishuane and in her second year of Mandarin. I find true value in this program and all who are involved.

Dr. Frank Alvarez, Superintendent of schools, opened up the show thanking those responsible for bringing this program to Montclair, getting the $1.4 million grant to expand the program and ended with a bang to the gong to get the party started. You can hear it below– my apologies on the video quality. Continue Reading

The Geyer Family YMCA: School of Performing Arts Open House

BY  |  Saturday, Jan 29, 2011 1:10pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Geyer Family Y has some big news. It will unveil its new School of Performing Arts today and after the big ribbon cutting and hoopla, you’re invited to enjoy a night of fun: Continue Reading

Concert For Haiti

BY  |  Saturday, Jan 29, 2011 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


The 2nd Annual Concert for Haiti is tonight and promises a night of incredible music, food and fun. This yummy potato leek soup will be there to warm you up, thanks to Barista Kids (Kristen and Holly did the cooking).

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Ask Holly: Homemade Granola

BY  |  Friday, Jan 28, 2011 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Making really good granola is far easier than you would ever think. I was first inspired to make my own granola from my friends Carrie and Dean in Maine. Then I learned that the measurements and ingredients could be made to your liking, which makes it fun to make with kids–not to mention that it’s a healthy snack they actually ask for. The smell of this baking in your oven may even knock out some of your winter blues! So get the ingredients and make a batch this weekend.

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