The 9th Annual Crane Park Festival: Fun For the Whole Family

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Crane Park Festival

For the ninth year in a row, the annual Crane Park Festival in Monclair will offer  music, art, and lots of fun  for the whole family. The fun community event happens next weekend on Saturday, September 27.

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Glen Ridge Woman Spreads Awareness of Pediatric Hydrocephalus

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Pediatric Hydrocephalus Glen Ridge resident Colette Umar seems like a typical twenty year old. She hangs out with friends, attends school and even has a plan for after graduation. “I’ve always wanted to work with children and I’ve always liked school. I plan to study early childhood education and then work with little kids.” A stark difference between Colette and most of her peers, though, is that she has undergone fifteen brain surgeries to help control the excess cerebral spinal fluid collecting around her brain. Colette has hydrocephalus.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, it’s estimated that one to two out of every thousand babies is born with hydrocephalus. In infants, this condition can cause symptoms like: an unusually large head, vomiting, irritability and seizures. It’s often congenital, though it can develop at any age for a variety of reasons. The most common causes of hydrocephalus include: spina bifida, a tumor on the spinal cord or brain, certain infections and traumatic brain injuries. It can lead to neurologic issues and even death if not treated.

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Bouquets for Brendan Tevlin Sprouts Up in Memory of Slain Teen

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Brendan Tevlin

A display of handpicked flowers in glass vases appeared near the curb of a West Caldwell home over the weekend along with a handwritten sign that reads, “Bouquets for Brendan Tevlin.”

The flowers are offered in exchange for a donation to a memorial fund honoring the Livingston teen, who police say was gunned down in his car this past June while driving home from a friend’s house. Tevlin was 19 and had just finished his freshman year at the University of Richmond.

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Montclair Achievement Gap Advisory Panel Launches Community Sharing Forums in October

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Achievement Gap Advisory Panel The Montclair Public Schools’ Achievement Gap Advisory Panel (AGAP) will host a series of fall meetings open to the public to gather information and hear the community’s perspective on how to best address the long-standing achievement gap within the district:

Achievement Gap Community Sharing Forum for Grades K- 5
Monday, October 13, 6:30 pm
Nishuane School – Auditorium, 32 Cedar Avenue
Light refreshments and childcare will be provided.


Achievement Gap Community Sharing Forum for Grades 6-12
Wednesday, October 22, 6:30 pm
Glenfield School – Auditorium, 25 Maple Avenue
Light refreshments and childcare will be provided.

The Montclair Achievement Gap Advisory Panel is an independent body of approximately 40 volunteers comprised of concerned parents, academicians, community organizers, and non-profit leaders.

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Pumpkin Picking Farms in New Jersey

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Pumpkin Picking

Local bakeries and coffee shops are offering pumpkin spice drinks and desserts, there’s a cool, crisp breeze in the air, and the leaves are turning color —  it’s time to pick your pumpkins! Sure you can buy a pumpkin at your local market, but there is something so special about pumpkin picking with the family. It’s a wonderful autumn tradition.

There are many pick your own farms in New Jersey that offer much more than just pumpkin picking. You’ll find corn mazes, hayrides, delicious food and more. And apples are still ripe for picking:

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Montclair Parents Concerned Over Dangerous Drivers

BY  |  Monday, Sep 15, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (23)

It seems that the Drive With Care Montclair campaign couldn’t have come at a better time. With the start of the school year and busier roads, Montclair parents have been noticing some seriously dangerous driving. Worse, it’s happening at school pick up and drop off times when children are crossing the streets.

This Montclair parent tweeted her outrage when a car drove past a stopped school bus:

And last Friday in a different part of town, several Montclair parents witnessed a driver continue to drive past a school bus which had its Stop sign out and flashing lights on as children were boarding the bus. Thankfully, one mother stepped out in front to stop the car and protected the children. She took photos, went home, and wrote an email to Police Sgt. Stephanie Egnezzo at the Traffic Bureau:

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Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, Sep 12, 2014 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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It’s a beautiful weekend! Get out and enjoy it with your family at these events.

Don’t forget about the 9th annual Parents Who Rock Backyard Family Jam, the “Catch That Cookie” author eventsthe Frozen Party and Childhood Cancer Benefit at Tutu Spoiled in Montclair — 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:

Have some nocturnal fun tonight. Both Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange and Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit are holding special nighttime events for families to see the animals in a different light. (Friday, September 12)

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Grading NJ Schools for the Arts

BY  |  Friday, Sep 12, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (3)

Grading NJ Schools for the Arts

When we’re getting our kids ready for the school in the morning, a successful departure is part art, part science. The same mix should be in the education they’re getting from September to June (with a little readin’ and ‘rithmatic thrown in), and a recent study conducted for The Star-Ledger’s “Inside Jersey” magazine crunched the numbers to see how much arts education was in the mix in high schools across the state, and how that impacted the overall quality of the education for our little Jerseyans.

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Montclair High School Honors the Victims of 9/11

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)


In remembrance of the victims of 9/11, a wreath was placed at the World Trade Center Memorial on the Montclair High School Campus in a brief ceremony this morning.   

Student Coalition officers Benner Rawley, President, Malcolm Luck, VP, Ben Schreiber, Secretary, and Jesse Sands, Treasurer were joined by Detective Kim Nelson-Edwards, MPD and Principal James Earle. The entire student body observed a Moment of Silence during the morning announcements. 



Montclair Sisters Perform at St. Joe’s Children’s Hospital

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Singing sensations Coco Dollon and Colette Dollon of Princess Good Vibes, of Montclair, N.J., entertained the young patients at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital’s Giggles Children’s Theater on September 2 with songs from popular kids’ movies.  The sisters who formed Princess Good Vibes, Colette (second from left) and Coco (third from left), posed with several patients after their live show, including Nyla (left) and Celia (right), who sang along with the performers.

Singing sensations Coco Dollon and Colette Dollon entertained the young patients at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital’s Giggles Children’s Theater. (Colette (second from left) and Coco (third from left), posed with several patients after their live show, including Nyla (left) and Celia (right), who sang along with the performers.

Children at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital got a healthy dose of entertainment last Tuesday when Montclair sisters, Coco (age 15) and Colette (age 12) Dollon took over the Giggles Theater as singing duo “Princess Good Vibes.” The performance was a whirlwind of entertainment and positive energy as the girls belted out favorites like, “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?” “Part of Your World” and “When My Life Begins.” They even had several princess costume changes. “I had to keep reminding myself not to get nervous,” Colette said. “We were there to make the kids happy.”

The girls performed live in the Giggles Theater for a handful of kids and their families while the other patients enjoyed the show through a closed-circuit TV in their rooms. One four year old even phoned in after the performance to request Frozen’s “Let it Go,” which they all then sang together. Coco said, “It felt like we were accomplishing something, really giving back and making the kids smile.”

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