Montclair State University Adopts SAT/ACT Test-Optional Admissions Policy

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

SAT/ACT-Optional Admission Policy

Montclair State University announced this week that it will become the first public university in New Jersey to adopt an SAT/ACT test-optional admissions policy for all undergraduate applicants. It joins more than 800 of the nation’s colleges and universities who are “test optional,” “test flexible” or otherwise de-emphasize the use of standardized tests by making admissions decisions about substantial numbers of applicants who recently graduated from U.S. high schools without using the SAT or ACT.

Effective beginning with for the fall 2015 entering freshmen class, MSU will revise its admissions protocol, placing primary emphasis on an applicant’s high school GPA combined with close attention to the specific courses taken. Submission of SAT and ACT scores will no longer be required, although the University will consider these scores should a student choose to submit them.

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Montclair Mom and Sommelier Writes Article About Teaching Kids About Wine

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (5)

Sharon Sevrens

Sharon Sevrens, sommelier and owner of Amanti Vino in Montclair, recently wrote an article for Huffington Post on why she and her husband have decided to teach their sons about wine and drinking before they are teenagers, a time many parents feel they should start the discussion.

Sevrens feels that by teaching her young children all about wine —its grape varietals and regions, the culture in which its grown, which food it pairs well with— they will not only get an understanding of something she feels passionate about, but will understand that drinking should be more about quality over quantity when they are mature enough to enjoy wine responsibly.

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Day Trip: Franklin Mineral Museum

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Franklin Mineral Museum

It seems like children of all ages, boys and girls alike, love rocks. Throwing them, lining them up, collecting them, shoving them in their pockets so you can find them in the washer later, it doesn’t matter. Rocks are cool. As the parent of a little geologist and ever on the lookout for an exciting outing that might actually teach my kid something, we recently ventured out to the Franklin Mineral Museum in Franklin, NJ.

Less than an hour from Montclair in beautiful Sussex County, the Franklin Mineral Museum offers the perfect mix of things to see and do.

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New York Renaissance Faire Offers Fun For Lords and Ladies of All Ages

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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If you missed the special New Jersey Renaissance Faire visit at OSPAC last week, don’t fret. The New York Renaissance Faire will offer adventure and fantasy for lords and ladies of all ages beginning this weekend.

The Faire is a rollicking romp through Elizabethan England complete with 16th Century games, rides, arts, crafts, food music and dance. You’ll enjoy jousts, magic shows, theatre, Maypole dances and much more merriment.

And August 9 and 10, all children under the age of 12 get free admission!

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HackensackUMC Mountainside Joins The Big Latch On 2014

BY  |  Monday, Jul 28, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Big Latch OnCalling all Breastfeeding Mamas! Put that baby (or toddler) in a sling and head over to HackensackUMC Mountainside Hospital on Saturday, August 2 to join other nursing moms in solidarity at the annual The Big Latch On Nurse In.

The event is held in honor of World Breastfeeding Week and will feature a workout demonstration, massage station, prizes and refreshments.

“There is significant evidence that breastfeeding provides both immediate and long-term benefits such as a reduced incidence of gastrointestinal disturbances, strengthening of the immune system and a decreased risk of childhood obesity,” said Diana Durham, Director of Maternity Services at HackensackUMC Mountainside.

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Our Favorite Parenting Tweets This Week

BY  |  Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 8:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Parenting Tweets Our favorite parenting tweets from this past week, many from local moms and dads:

 

 

 

 

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Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, Jul 25, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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What to do, what to do? It’s another weekend full of great family events.

Don’t forget about  the “Flick and Float” screening of The Blind Side and swimming fun at Nishuane Pool in Montclair, the New Jersey Renaissance Faire at OSPAC , the NJPAC Family Fair at Theater Square, the last Essex Running Club’s Junior Track Meet of the season, and the New Jersey Festival of Ballooning— and there is more!

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

Step back in time and enjoy a day of good old-fashioned fun with the family at Liberty Hall Museum in Union! Activities include Colonial- and Victorian-era lawn games, a croquet tournament, relay races, crafts and much more! (Saturday, July 26)

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Montclair Boy to Compete on Food Network’s Chopped Teen Tournament

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Chopped Teen Tournament

Set your DVR’s to the Food Network on August 5  because Montclair’s own Jake Diamond will be battling it out on the Chopped Teen Tournament. If he wins that episode, the soon-to-be Renaissance eighth grader will get to compete on the season finale where the winner will walk away with a $25,000 prize and a culinary school scholarship.

Jake, who was also featured on Barista Kids two years ago when he competed on Super Chef Kids, was first introduced to cooking when he was five years old and immediately fell in love. “I’m a creative person and cooking lets me express that. I like to try new things and I love being able to just whip something up,” Jake explains. Now, an old pro in the kitchen, he enjoys preparing meat, cod and any kind of chicken. His favorite creation, though, is his hamburger. Jake’s twist on the traditional burger includes a sriracha sauce heat component along with onions, cheese and some other yummy ingredients.

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Kids’ Dashes Will Highlight Family Fun at Annual 4 Miler at Garret Mountain

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

4 Miler at Garret MountainSave the date, because even the smallest participants can help make a big difference. Kids ages 2 to 11 are invited to join the fun while supporting a worthy cause at the third annual 4 Miler at Garret Mountain on Saturday, September 6 at Garret Mountain Reservation in Woodland Park. Proceeds from the charity run/walk, sponsored by SaxBST, will benefit the Child Life Department at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital.

Kids’ dashes, with sprint distances ranging from 25 to 200 yards, will begin at 10:15 a.m. and are among this family-friendly event’s highlights for participating children, all of whom will receive finishing ribbons. Race day entertainment includes a live DJ, random prize drawings, a variety of children’s activities and post-race refreshments.

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What’s for Dinner?: Pea, Feta, Mint and Barley Salad

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Pea, Feta, Mint and Barley Salad

Pea, Feta, Mint and Barley Salad has one of my favorite food combinations — peas and mint. The sweetness of the peas contrasts with the freshness of the mint. This salad takes that combination and adds the salty tang of feta, with barley providing the backdrop. Apart from the time it takes to cook the barley, it is incredibly simple. It will also last a few days in the fridge, so there you have it — dinner and lunch! Continue Reading

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