Montclair Celebrates Two Grand Openings

BY  |  Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 5:34pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Church Street abounded with activity today as two retail stores held Grand Opening celebrations.

Mayor Jerry Fried welcomed Cupcakes by Carousel to Montclair. Costumed characters gave away balloons as trays of cupcakes were passed among the crowd.  The atmosphere is  family- friendly and the cupcakes are delicious. You have to try the red velvet!

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West Orange Kids on AC360 Special Report: Kids on Race, The Hidden Picture

BY  |  Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 2:01pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Earlier this year, first grade students at West Orange’s Mt. Pleasant Elementary School were selected to participate in a series being filmed by CNN on race in America.

Anderson Cooper’s series titled AC360 Special Report: Kids on Race, The Hidden Picture, will air the week of April 2 at 8 and 10 pm.

The CNN commissioned pilot, AC360 Special Report: Kids on Race, The Hidden Picture, study builds on the original Doll Test’s historic research done in the 1940s that examined how African -American children interpret race, discrimination and stigma.

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Student Artwork From Montclair Schools Awarded

BY  |  Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bradford Elementary School students

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. congratulates students from Bradford Elementary School and Glenfield Middle School in Montclair who participated in the Art Educators of New Jersey Student Art Exhibit at the Essex County Hall of Records on Tuesday, March 27. Students attending the ceremony were from Bradford: Arden Phillips, Alex Rougebec and Elysse Peebler. Also with the County Executive are New Jersey Art Educators Exhibit Chairwoman Marion Resciniti.

From Glenfield Middle School:

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The Special Connection: Autism Awareness Month

BY  |  Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 7:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

According to the Autism Society, “Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause for autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.” The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention issued an autism prevalence report this week showing that autism had risen to 1 in every 88 children in the United States and almost 1 in 54 boys.

Autism Speaks, the biggest autism science and advocacy organization in the world, marks its fifth annual celebration of World Autism Awareness Day on, Monday, April 2. This is a worldwide effort to raise awareness about a disorder which affects millions of individuals and families with a series of events and initiatives. Check out the event’s page on Facebook.

Many prominent buildings will highlight the day, too, by joining in Light It Up Blue, including the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall in NYC.

Right in Baristaville, people are raising awareness too:

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Weekend Highlights

BY  |  Friday, Mar 30, 2012 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Brandee Younger

Lots going on this weekend for families. We’ve told you about the Birds of Prey presentation at Van Vleck, Open Cockpit Day at Teterboro Airport, Millburn Middle School’s production of 13 The Musical, and all the fun Easter Bunny Photo Ops and Egg Hunts. But there’s more!

Check our Upcoming Events to find out all the local happenings and details. Also, if you haven’t already, sign up for our newsletter to get some great deals and find out about more great events and subscribe to our daily newsletter so you don’t miss a thing on Barista Kids. While you’re at it, “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check out our new Pinterest page. We post a lot of important information over there, so you don’t want to miss out.

Here are this weekend’s highlights:

Take the family to a jazz concert! MAM welcomes The Brandee Younger Quartet as part of WBGO’s Kids Jazz Concert series. (Saturday, March 31)

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Gas Leak at Montclair High School

BY  |  Friday, Mar 30, 2012 12:51pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

UPDATE: The district website states: PSE&G and the fire department have cleared Montclair High after investigating a gas smell and the students are back in the building.

Montclair High School has been evacuated due to a gas leak. Holly Korus is on the scene and reports:

According to Principal Earle, there was a gasoline leak in the auto shop in the back of the school. The entire school was evacuated and Chestnut St. closed for precautionary measure and to let the fumes from the gas air out.

Ask Holly: I Pity the April Fool

BY  |  Friday, Mar 30, 2012 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (10)

My son with a rather wet shirt

Every year my kids try to prank me, Queen of the Jokesters, on April Fool’s Day and every year I get them back. Don’t mess with Mommy, somethin’ isn’t quite right with her. My kids are only 5 and 9, but as they get older,  I’m sure my plan will totally backfire on me as I age and get crazier. Toilet seats covered with plastic wrap, salt in the sugar bowl, replacing my eye cream with breath mints — all lame attempts to try and out master the master.

If your kids are old enough to hold a straight face while pranking you, let them get the first joke on and act totally surprised. Actually, act like you forgot that it was the April 1st. Use the Leap Year as an excuse. They won’t think you have anything planned, but you do! Time to water the spaghetti tree.

Here Are Some Oldies but Goodies:

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Busy Spring Budding for GRHS Project Graduation 2012

BY  |  Friday, Mar 30, 2012 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

With graduation ceremonies just a few short months away, Glen Ridge High School Project Graduation committee members are kicking their fundraising efforts into high gear. This year, Ridgers have the opportunity to support PG2012 by participating in time-honored traditional events and some fun, new additions. All proceeds from these events support a safe, supervised night of festivities for members of the class of 2012 following graduation ceremonies on June 22. The evening will begin with a dinner dance at the Glen Ridge Country Club, followed by a themed tent party complete with games and activities, and then the night culminates with a pool party in the wee hours of the morning. Check out the Disney-themed party last year here.

Here are ways to support the GR Project Graduation 2012:

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Teens and Marijuana: What Parents Don’t Know

BY  |  Friday, Mar 30, 2012 7:00am  |  COMMENTS (16)

According to the benchmark “Monitoring the Future” study, done by the University of Michigan every year, and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, half of all high school seniors have smoked marijuana, with 40% having done so in the last year.  One in four had gotten high in the last 30 days.   And 1 in 15 get stoned EVERY day.  The numbers are lower for younger students, yet 1 in 5 8th graders have smoked “weed” in the last year. Students perceive there is little risk or downside to smoking marijuana, especially with the advent of medical marijuana, and doctors prescribing it.

Scared? Want to become more informed?

The District Parent Coordinator’s Office, Health & Wellness, SATp Parent Education Sub-Committee and MegaSkills/MCIA are offering a panel discussion for parents of tweens and teens on the effects and use of marijuana among teens

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Montclair BoE Most Likely To Hire Interim Superintendent to Cover the Summer

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 2:51pm  |  COMMENTS (15)

With Montclair Superintendent Frank Alvarez leaving the district at the end of this school year to go to Rye, NY, the BoE has been busy trying to find a replacement. It’s a big position and not easy to fill in a short time, especially when Governor Christie has imposed a salary cap on superintendents. Dr. Alvarez made $250,000 in the position, but it will now offer $175,000.

So how is the replacement process going? BoE President, Shelly Lombard, explains:

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