Weekend Highlights: Labor Day Weekend Edition!

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

labor day weekend

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.

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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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Back to School Organizing Tips

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Back to School Organizing

School will be back in session in one week. A key to smoother mornings and afternoons is organization. Professional Organizer Bonnielee Barrios gives parents some helpful back to school organizing tips to make life easier:

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Montclair Athletes Go ‘All In’ at Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center’s Leadership Workshop

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center's Leadership Workshop

Fall team captains from Montclair High and Montclair Kimberley Academy got together for its annual pre-season leadership workshop at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center on Tuesday night.  The students heard from Monclair State professors John McCarthy and Dr. Rob Gilbert, as well as Gian Paul Gonzalez (kneeling lower left), a former collegiate basketball star whose “All In” mantra was adopted by the New York Giants en route to their Super Bowl-winning season in 2011. 

The Museum’s leadership workshops are made possible through the support of Investors Bank.


Tips For a Less Stressful Start to a New School Year

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Schools District-Wide Family Dinner NightWith the summer coming to an end, there is a lot of anxious excitement over the beginning of the school year. Whether you are a parent of a child entering school, a child going into elementary, middle, or high school, or even to college, this time of year can cause stress.

Here are some helpful stress reducing ideas to consider before school starts:

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Feel Like a Family of VIPs on the Madison Square Garden All Access Tour

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Madison Square Garden All Access Tour

Nothing makes you feel more like a VIP than a back stage all access tour. And when that tour is at Madison Square Garden in New York City, aka “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” you feel, in the words of my 10 year old, “pretty Swag.”

Yesterday my family was invited to take the Madison Square Garden All Access Tour and we had a blast. After the recent completion of an unprecedented three-year, top-to-bottom $1 billion transformation, The Garden is looking pretty cool these days.

In October 2013, the completion of Madison Square Garden’s transformation marked one of the most important moments in The Garden’s history. All shiny and new, Madison Square Garden has re-opened the All Access Tour, which allows families to experience the newly transformed Arena offering a behind-the-scenes look at the significant enhancements. This includes several new exhibits throughout that commemorate some of the most enduring and unforgettable moments in The Garden’s history.

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Local Little Fiddlers Place at the NJ State Fair Sussex County Fiddle Contest

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

NJ State Fair Sussex County Fiddle Contest

Congratulations to Montclair violin teacher Amy Beshara and her young fiddle students! Four of the fiddlers placed at the NJ State Fair Sussex County Fiddle Contest this month!

The winners were:

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A Local Family With Games on the Brain

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


There are Marbles: The Brain Store locations all over the country, and there’s one family in Newark that is always up for the gaming challenges to be found there. So when Marbles announced its “Who’s Got Game?” contest this summer, David Dodson, Maria Luna and their 3 kids (a boy, age 7, and two girls, ages 2 and 10) went all in to design their own game. Their entry was a code-breaking game called Ciphexr, and it ended up being selected as one of four finalists in the nationwide competition.

They didn’t end up winning (Marbles announced on August 26 that PEAK was the winning entry), but as David tells it, the story of their game and how their family came together to create it is blue-ribbon stuff.

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Pediatricians Urge Schools to Have Later Start Times For Tweens and Teens

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

teen stressIn a new policy statement published in Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics says delaying the start of middle and high school and classes to 8:30 am or later is “an effective countermeasure to chronic sleep loss” and the “epidemic” of delayed, insufficient, and erratic sleep patterns among the nation’s teens. Hear that Montclair School district?

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Giveaway: Tickets to Disney’s Choo Choo Soul at NJPAC

BY  |  Monday, Aug 25, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

Choo Choo Soul

No lie. At the dinner table just this past weekend, we were reminiscing about Disney’s Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve and the Choo Choo Dance Crew. My 10 year old and I loved when the music video spots would play between shows on Playhouse Disney Junior. So I was really excited when I learned that Choo Choo Soul would be coming to NJPAC. If only I could convince my tween to go… We probably won’t go, but I do have a family 4-pack of tickets to give away to one lucky reader.

Disney’s Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve and the Choo Choo Dance Crew will perform at NJPAC on Sunday, October 5 at 2 pm and 5 pm

Imagine an incredibly hip duo who teach children A-B-Cs and 1-2-3s through music on an animated train … and Choo-Choo Soul is born! Disney’s Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve and the Choo Choo Dance Crew, the stage show adaptation of Disney Junior’s short-form music video series, follows the adventures of singer/train station manager Genevieve Goings and dancing/beatboxing engineer DC as they take kids to the jungle, the sea and magical locales while performing songs from classic Disney films: Continue Reading

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