Commercial Filming at Montclair High on the First Day of School

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

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Montclair parents may want to avoid the high school area on the first day of school, Thursday, September 4 (unless, of course, your kids are attending the high school and you can’t). A film crew will be shooting a commercial that day and it’s sure to cause traffic problems. The memo sent to residents says filming will take place between 3 pm – 9 pm and tells residents that  if any vehicles arrive before 7 am, they may call the Montclair police to file a complaint:

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Have Kids, Will Travel

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Travel expert Melissa Klurman will answer your family travel questions each week here on the new Barista Kids column — Have Kids, Will Travel:

Have Kids, Will Travel

Q: Is there an easy to reach beach destination where I catch can catch some September sun with the kids AND bring the dog? – Ken

A: Happily, the answer is YES. The Jersey Shore has gotten a lot pet friendlier this summer and there are two travel-worthy options in the southern beach towns that my family I uncovered this summer:

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Walk, Run, Or Race at the Second Annual Mountie Pride Fun Run

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Mountie Pride Fun Run

Mark your calendars! The 2nd annual Mountie Pride Fun Run, co-sponsored by MFEE’s True Blue Spirit athletic initiative and the Montclair High School Athletic Department, will take place on Sunday, September 21. The event will once again feature the Community Pavilion, a 5K run and a 1 mile walk/run, plus new this year, a 5K competitive heat!

Besides being a ton of fun, the Mountie Pride Fun Run raises money for True Blue Spirit, helping to fund professional development for coaches, informational programs for student athletes and their parents, and banners and branding for MHS athletic facilities.

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Your 2014 Family Labor Day Playlist

BY  |  Monday, Sep 01, 2014 7:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

My favorite family Labor Day song is Dan Zanes & Friends version of the labor song from the Depression, written by Jim Garland and originally performed by The Almanac Singers. It’s a good lesson on what Labor Day really means.

Here are some other great songs about working and Labor Day to listen to with the kids today:

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Weekend Highlights: Labor Day Weekend Edition!

BY  |  Friday, Aug 29, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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This is the last weekend before school starts and a three-day Labor Day weekend, so get out and have some family fun!

There aren’t many local events going on, but the long Labor Day weekend will give you many options.

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.

Here are this weekend’s highlights:

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Back to School Round Up 2014 – 2015

BY  |  Friday, Aug 29, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Back to School

It’s just about that time. Your kids will be going back to school soon and summer’s lazy days will come to an end.

To help a mother (and father) out, we’ve decided to put all of our “Back to School” resources in one place to make your life easier:

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Montclair Board Meeting: Better Communication and Parent Engagement to Come

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 8:01am  |  COMMENTS (11)

superintendent MacCormackThe summer doldrums were evident at Monday night’s Montclair Board of Education meeting, which was attended by less than two dozen residents and four out of seven board members and lasted just an hour. The majority of that hour consisted of Montclair Public Schools Superintendent Penny MacCormack’s first progress report on the district’s two-year Strategic Plan. Board members David Cummings, Leslie Larson and Anne Mernin were absent.

Communications and Parent Engagement

Superintendent MacCormack’s first progress report focused on the fourth goal of the Strategic Plan: effective internal and external communications and parent engagement.

The presentation focused on what was achieved in this area during the 2013-14 school year, and what to expect for the upcoming school year.

The district conducted surveys and held focus groups to discover what parents wanted communicated and set out to develop and implement the best ways to share information, as well as a system to evaluate the communication plan, MacCormack explained. As a result, a Montclair High School specific website will be launched at the start of the school year and interviews will soon begin for the position of Communication Lead. Live board meetings will also be available online for streaming beginning with the September 22 meeting, MacCormack said.

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Montclair Public Schools Board Meetings to be Televised Live and Streamed Online

BY  |  Monday, Aug 25, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Montclair Public Schools Board Meetings

Montclair parents who have difficulty making the Montclair Public Schools Board meetings, or staying for the entire meetings which often go on for hours, will be happy to learn that beginning on Monday, September 22, you will be able to watch the meetings live on FIOS Channel 33 and Comcast Channel 34.  In addition, live streaming will also be available at

It will happen due to a partnership between the  Montclair BOE, the District and the Montclair Municipal Access Channel.

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Get Ready to Get Wet: The Inside Scoop on Great Wolf Lodge

BY  |  Monday, Aug 25, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Great Wolf Lodge

A 60,000 sq foot indoor waterpark. Wolf ears. Pizza `round the clock. Two floors of buzzing, zapping, magic wand casting interactive games. An animatronic northern woods. Not to mention a kids salon, indoor mini golf and 10 pin bowling, and an arcade worthy of a pinball wizard.

This, my friends, is Great Wolf Lodge.

If you haven’t heard of it yet, your kids surely have – only 1 hour and 15 minutes away just across the Pennsylvania border in the Poconos, Great Wolf Lodge has been drawing families across Baristaville to it’s watery fun factory like wolves to pizza.

Both Georgette and I gave in to the wolf pack and brought our kids in the last few months. (I went with two boys, 10 and 11, and another mom; Georgette (the Editor in Chief of Barista Kids) went with her two girls, 7 and 10, and her husband.)

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New Law Requires NJ High School Students to Learn CPR Before Graduating

BY  |  Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Beginning with this school year, all graduating high school seniors will be required to pass a CPR course as part of their high school curriculum. New Jersey is one of three states in the country to implement such a law. The others are Illinois and Oklahoma.

On August 20, Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno signed the bill, also known as Janet’s Law, which was sponsored by Senators Diane Allen and Joseph Vitale and Assemblymen Angel Fuentes and Patrick Diegnan Jr., and  passed with broad bipartisan support. The law was enacted to commemorate Janet Zilinski, an 11-year-old cheerleader from Warren, N.J. who died in 2006 after suffering sudden cardiac arrest at her school.

Janet’s Law seeks to better prepare schools in case of a sudden cardiac emergency and requires all school districts (public and private) have:

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