Happy Earth Day

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 8:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

In honor of Earth Day today, here’s our favorite earth-friendly song—Jack Johnson singing Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – 3 R Song.

Check out our Earth Day event round-up for a few more ways to celebrate Mother Earth.



No Noise: Big in Kansas, Too

BY  |  Monday, Apr 21, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

no-noise“We have gotten our fair share of fan letters and messages from some teenagers out in Kansas,” says Max Schoenwetter, the bass player for Montclair-based rock band No Noise. And it’s not because the group has toured far and wide or had a hit single on Midwest radio. In fact, the band’s members are all in high school and have never played outside of the New York-metro area.

But that doesn’t matter, because No Noise is a band coming up in the social media era, and they can let the web do some of the touring and hit-making for them. Max just has a cousin who lives in Kansas who shared the music No Noise has posted on its Bandcamp and Facebook pages at his high school out there, and now these four NJ musicians are competing with rock bands from Queens of the Stone Age to Tame Impala and beyond for spots on Sunflower State playlists. “They asked us to do to a meet and greet there,” he says, “which was pretty crazy.”

It’s a little crazy, but it’s not dumb luck. No Noise has been playing together for about two years, and they’re been working hard and playing it smart. The band is Max on bass; Mikaela Itkin-Weinstein on lead vocals; Alec Tobin on guitar; and Sam Unger playing drums and some guitar, too (all of the musicians sing backup vocals, too). “We all met at School of Rock,” Max notes, which he thinks helped the band have a rapport right out of the gate. “Over the last couple of months that connection has solidified and ideas have come together much more quickly as a result.”

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Meet the Author: The College Admissions Bible

BY  |  Monday, Apr 21, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The College Admissions BibleNatasha Scott, a graduate of Kent Place School in Summit, NJ, is a 2011 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the author of a new book called The College Admissions Bible. She’ll discuss the book and the insider tips and tricks to tackle the college admissions problems at Watchung Booksellers on Wednesday, May 7 at 7 pm.

The concise yet comprehensive guidebook  contains everything you need to know about getting into college. You’ll learn the difference between the SAT and ACT and which test is right for you, how to maximize your relationship with your guidance counselor, and how to graduate college debt free — among man other things.

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Our Favorite Parenting Tweets This Week

BY  |  Monday, Apr 21, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

parenting tweetsOur favorite parenting tweets from this past week, many from local moms and dads:





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What’s for Dinner?: Spring Pea Soup

BY  |  Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Spring Pea Soup

This light pea soup is an ode to spring: a seasonal spring poem in soup form. Forget the hearty, heavy split pea variation that immediately comes to mind when you hear the words “pea” and “soup,” as this one is a different pan of soup altogether. Like the green shoots of rebirth evident all around, it is the very essence of freshness and vibrancy. Continue Reading

Happy Easter

BY  |  Sunday, Apr 20, 2014 7:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Barista Kids wishes those celebrating a very, happy Easter!

When I was a little girl, on the night before Easter, my mom would sing this song to me at bedtime. I would get so excited dreaming of all the goodies the Easter bunny would leave for me in my basket. It’s my favorite Easter memory:

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A Wonderful Day for a Montclair Spring Fling

BY  |  Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 6:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Community Spring Fling

The sweet springtime Egg Hunt drew kids of all ages to the 5th Annual Montclair Spring Fling today at Glenfield Park.

Doctor Bunny, aka 4th Ward Councilwoman Dr. Renee Baskerville, kicked off the event at the Wally Choice Community Center with a “move-athon” led by D’TaRelle Tullis of Pitter Patter Feet. Children also enjoyed a “make your best bonnet” hat making craft and a jellybean counting. DJ Denise Hamilton was on hand with her Karaoke Machine throughout the afternoon and topping off the entertainment was the family band Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam.

Barista Kids and Baristanet were proud supporters of the spring fling, along with the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation and the Fourth  Ward Collaborative.



Have Fun at Daffodil Day at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

BY  |  Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Daffodil Day

Enjoy a fun-filled day celebrating spring at Daffodil Day at Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit next Sunday, April 27.

This year’s celebration has you step back to the 1970′s with a ”Flower Power” celebration, featuring activities that the entire family can enjoy!  There will be spring–themed games, nature crafts, and a guided parade through the Daffodil Bowl.  A professional photographer will be on hand to take family photos.  Food and refreshments will also be available in our Outdoor Flower Power Flea.  Registration is not required.

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Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, Apr 18, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)


There are some great family events to enjoy this holiday weekend.

Most of the events are Easter egg hunts and celebrations, but there are some other fun happenings to enjoy. The Jewish Museum hosts a Freedom Art Jam: Art and Dance Party for PassoverEarth Day celebrations begin this weekend, and it’s National Parks Week.

To make sure you’re always in the know when it comes to family events, parenting resources and discussion, sign up for our newsletter, which offers a great recap of our best stories, event information, guides and exclusive giveaways. And make sure to “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and check out our  Pinterest page. We post a lot of important information over there, so you don’t want to miss out.

You can check our Calendar for all events this weekend, but here are this weekend’s highlights:

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Montclair Superintendent Introduces New District Director of Technology in Her Latest Newsletter

BY  |  Friday, Apr 18, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (9)

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District’s new Director of Technology, Barry Haines

Montclair Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Penny MacCormack, sends out a monthly newsletter titled “Straight from the Superintendent.” In her latest edition she discusses the approved 2014-2015 budget and gives props to District Chief Operating Officer Brian Fleischer for his work, shares information about her meeting with Hillside School parents, announces upcoming PARCC 101 information sessions, and introduces the district’s new Director of Technology or “IT Guy” Barry Haines.




Read the entire newsletter here, and learn more about Barry Haines below:

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