It’s a dark, stormy day today, but the sun’ll come out tomorrow! The Montclair Film Festival has announced the kickoff film of its Outdoor Summer Series—Annie!
Bring the family to the Presby Iris Gardens in Montclair on Friday, May 31, and enjoy the 1982 classic, directed by John Huston. Featuring the star-studded cast of Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters, and, my personal favorite ‘Annie,’ Aileen Quinn. Sing Annie hits, such as“The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow,” “It’s a Hard Knock Life” and “Maybe” with the crowd of fans. The lyrics will be shown on the big screen, so there’s no excuse not to belt out “Your Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile.”
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and be happy that “We got Annie!”
Two Montclair High School students are getting valuable hands on engineering experience during their month-long internship with the Township. In the process they’re learning that the position of Township Engineer is definitely not a desk job.
Seniors Spencer Haley and Tyler Baisden are working closely with Township Engineer Kimberli Craft monitoring stormwater outfalls and assisting with the Montclair SAFE (Streets Are For Everyone) initiative.
“I’m so pleased to have these aspiring engineers helping us and getting some early exposure to the working world and what engineers really do.” says Craft. “Their contributions are a real asset that will help us move both of these programs forward.”
Tomorrow begins the Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer, so we’re giving a big fist pump to the Jersey Shore, which needs your love this summer, after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the area. Show the shore some love by taking the family to enjoy the beaches and attractions:
Filmmaker and dad, Matthew Clarke, has tapped into the crazy, self-involved world of two year olds by launching a new series called Convos With My 2 Year Old. In it he takes actual conversations he’s had with his daughter and reenacts them with an adult man standing in for her. It’s strange, a bit creepy, and hysterical all at the same time.
Several parents voiced their concern about having quality district-wide World Languages instruction in Montclair in a letter we ran yesterday. Tonight, Superintendent of schools, Dr. Penny MacCormack, sends the following message addresses the issue:
Last week, I had the pleasure of interviewing 34th district state senate candidate Mark Alexander about his views on education. He was a warm, gregarious, and easy to talk to. With five children, four of whom are currently in Montclair public schools, it was quite easy to start a conversation about education in Montclair.
Barista Kids: What is your overall view of education? Mark Alexander: There are a few things that drive me when I talk about education. The first is my personal involvement in education. I’ve been a professor at Seton Hall Law School for 18 years. I’m also from a family of teachers—my mother and sisters are both university professors and my grandparents were one of the original families who founded Tuskegee University. There’s this ongoing passion of education in my family that’s been passed down so me, and so that’s one perspective I bring to my campaign. Another perspective is I’m a parent. I currently have four kids in the public schools. It’s really important to me, as a dad to think about the kind of education my kids should be getting. And the third thing that really motivates me is that I grew up in a family that was very active in the fight for civil rights. My father worked for Lyndon Johnson and was the lawyer that helped write the civil rights acts.
Several Montclair parents have put together a letter urging others to speak up for district-wide World Languages instruction. After budget cuts a few years ago, many schools lost language teachers, which were replaced by computer programs, such as Rosetta Stone:
Save the date! The 1st Annual Pine Street ArtsFest will take place on Saturday, June 8 from 1 pm – 9 pm offering a celebration of art and community for all ages.
ArtsFest will invite kids of all ages (grown-ups too) to create chalk street art throughout the day—Barista Kids is a sponsor of the activity! Photographers will be taking photos of the chalk art as it progresses both from the street level and rooftops. Other free art activities will be origami and simple jewelry making.
Families will enjoy live music from local musicians like Oxygen Box, Felicia Moss, the Montclair Opera Theatre, Ulysses Dunmore, spiritual drumming, and many more for non-stop musical entertainment.
Several vendors will be on hand with hand crafted items and specialty foods for sale.
The 14th Annual Rubber Duck Race in Maplewood will be held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. The annual tradition brings hundreds of people to go out to cheer on their rubber ducks as they race down the brook in Memorial Park.
There will be prizes for the top 12 ducks in each race. The race begins at the Memorial Park Bridge between Oakview Avenue and the duck pond.
The UGotBrains Champion Schools Programoffers an opportunity for students and staff of New Jersey high schools to develop campaigns to address teen driving safety. Each school develops its own project based on a topic the school chose pertaining to teen driving safety. The campaigns need to be creative and cutting edge projects that will raise awareness and make an impact on new drivers. Schools can utilize social media, videos, blogs, traditional media and other means to help spread their message.
Fifty-five schools from New Jersey were chosen to participate as 2012-2013 UGotBrains Champion Schools Program and Montclair High, Bloomfield High, Cedar Grove High, SOMA’s Columbia High, Nutley High, and West Orange High are included. You can vote for your favorite school campaign until May 31, so read each one below and vote!: