Overnight Summer Camp Survey: Win an iPad2

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Parents with children in grades 2–9:  Complete a survey about overnight summer camp and be entered into a drawing for an iPad2. Your child(ren) need not have attended overnight camp to participate.   The survey is sponsored by United Jewish Communities of MetroWest NJ.

The survey can be found here.

All responses are confidential.

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Giveaway: Fairy LiceMothers Treatment and Prevention Kit

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (4)

WINNER: Congratulations to sisi!

Going back to school is exciting. New teacher, new classmates, new supplies. What isn’t exciting is the chance that you kids may get something else new–lice.

We’ve given you some tips how to prevent, spot and treat lice, but now we have something else for you. A complete set from Fairy LiceMothers Treatment and Prevention Kit. Fairy LiceMothers are natural and safe products that don’t contain any toxic chemicals.

Thanks to the generosity of Go Lightly of Montclair, we have a set containing Shampoo, Conditioner, Spray and steel comb, valued around $50 for one lucky (Um, or unlucky if your kids gets lice) reader.

To enter, keep reading…

Tell us on a scale of 1 – 10 (10 being the worst) is your anxiety level about dealing with lice. One person who replies to this post by 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, September 4, 2011 will be chosen at random to receive the Fairy LiceMothers Treatment and Prevention Kit. Please post only once.

No purchase necessary. Starts Wednesday, August 31, 2011, 11 am EST and ends Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. Open to U.S. residents ages 16 years and older. Void where prohibited.

Tips For Organizing the School Year: Part I

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

(Editor’s note: This article originally ran last August. It’s great info, so we’re re-posting)

School will be back in session in one week. To make this year less stressful, organization is key. Professional Organizer Deborah Gussoff gives us some tips to make our lives easier:

The Night Before
Planning ahead is a guaranteed way to make the off-to-school routine a smooth one. Unexpected events are known to occur (the alarm clock didn’t go off; the dog got loose and had to be retrieved before you could leave the house); the more you can do ahead of time, the less hectic and stressful your morning will be:

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Edgemont School Kindergarten Playdate

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 30, 2011 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair’s Edgemont School PTA invites all incoming kindergarteners and their parents and caregivers to come out out and meet future friends and classmates at a playdate at the Edgemont Park playground:

  • Thursday, September 1 from 6 pm – 7:30 pm

For questions/more info, please e-mail here.

Putting Kids First

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 30, 2011 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

That’s precisely what child and adolescent psychiatrist and long-time Montclair resident Dr. Rosalie Greenberg is doing in her new show, “Kids First.” In the show Greenburg created and hosts on HomeTowne TV, she is bringing timely topics and key concerns facing parents to the fore.

“I want to explore issues that parents should think about,” said Greenberg, who has been named as one of the Top Doctors in New York Magazine, New Jersey Monthly Magazine, New Jersey Life Magazine and Inside New Jersey, a Star Ledger magazine. “The most important thing you have in life is your kids. It’s a big responsibility. That’s why I wanted to do this program.”

Greenberg hopes to engage inundated parents caught in a rapidly changing world in the central idea of the show: “How do we parent our kids?” She stressed, “That’s what we need to focus on.”

After working with children for 30 years, authoring two books and numerous articles and co-producing a video on bi-polar disorder in kids, Greenberg draws upon her vast knowledge and experience to help guide parents through this most difficult of jobs.

“Parenting is the hardest job without a manual.” She added, “So I just thought I’d teach my philosophy to the world.”

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Lend a Hand: We Get By With a Little Help From Our Friends

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 30, 2011 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Some of us were spared by Irene, but many in Baristaville, and beyond, are still without power and/or water. Having no power, or worse in my opinion, no water, is awful, especially with children. I’ve been inspired by the Facebook statuses and Tweets of gratitude for friends helping:

“We’re all showered thanks to S & E and DG in Glen Ridge and South Orange. We ♥ You.”

I’m hearing stories of residents offering their generators to anyone who needs it, people checking up on one another and opening their homes to each other.

I’ve also love the wonderful attitudes of those dealing with problems:

“We may not have running water, but Netflix is streaming the entire Larry Sanders Show series.”

When we asked how families with children were coping, we received this answer from Maplewood dad, Alan Paul:

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Do You Know Who Your Kid’s Teacher Will Be?

BY  |  Monday, Aug 29, 2011 6:00pm  |  COMMENTS (9)

In Baristaville, every town does it differently. We’re talking about letting families know who their child’s teacher will be.

Glen Ridge does it the soonest. Kids meet their next year teacher on the last day of school. I love that idea. I hate waiting until the very last minute to find out and receive a class supply list and have to go shopping when hardly anything is left. That’s how it is in Montclair. Although, we’ve just heard that some Hillside families received their teacher assignments today.

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Special Needs Community Service Opportunity For Local Teens And Groups

BY  |  Monday, Aug 29, 2011 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Dance-A-Thon 2011

The JCC MetroWest DanceAThon 2012 Teen Committee is in search of enthusiastic, caring high school students to serve as volunteers for the 2011-12 school year. The Third Annual DanceAThon will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2012 and is a four-hour event featuring a DJ, dinner, snacks, and giveaways. All proceeds benefit the JCC Special Needs Department, which provides essential services to hundreds of individuals of all ages with special needs including: Adult Day Program, Shadow Program, and fter-school, evening, and weekend events & activities.  Both individuals and groups are welcome to contribute to the committee by planning the evening’s events, decorations, food, prizes, and sponsorships. Committee meetings begin at the end of September and are held monthly.

For further information, please contact Rebecca Gallanter, Special Needs Services Director, at 973.530.3478 or email.


It’s Going To Be A Bright, Sunshiny Day

BY  |  Monday, Aug 29, 2011 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

I feel very lucky. We came out of Hurricane Irene unscathed. I finally feel safe to say it.

Many of you were not so lucky, including many of the Baristas. If that includes you, we’re thinking of you–hang in there.

  • As of 5:30 am this morning, 265,000 PSE&G customers are still without power.
  • There is an area flood warning in effect until tonight, Monday, August 29 8:45 pm.
  • Montclair is still under a State of Emergency this morning for clean-up.
  • Maplewood, West Orange, Millburn, and many other surrounding towns have no water or low water pressure.

The good news (there is some) is that it will be a beautiful day. The sun will shine and the nights will be clear and cool the next few days. We even had a beautiful rainbow after the storm. Get the kids outside–mine are stir crazy from being inside for the past two days. Get some sunshine and know that better days are ahead.

How are you coping? How are the kids?

Hurricane Irene: What’s The Damage?

Sunday, Aug 28, 2011 9:32am  |  COMMENTS (0)


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