Montclair Country Fest Today!

BY  |  Sunday, Sep 28, 2014 8:03am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Screen shot 2014-09-28 at 8.01.41 AMWant to see the Crane House’s chickens and enjoy this gorgeous day? Want to hear live music? Want to help keep housing affordable in Montclair?

Come to Montclair Country Fest today! Larry Tobias and his wife Kaitlin Stillwell received HomeCORP‘s 100th housing unit, a family house in the South End. Larry wants to give back so his band, The Larry Tobias Band, is performing today.

Also, come for the face-painting, games, line dancing (!!!) and food trucks.

This is a good ole Southern time right here in New Jersey. The event is free but all donations will go straight to HomeCORP to help give people affordable houses in our town.

I’m originally from Kentuckiana, and me and my girls will be there with our cowgirl boots on.

Montclair Country Fest
Sunday, Sept. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Academy Square @ 33 Plymouth Street in Montclair

Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, Sep 26, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)



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

Don’t forget about the Chalk Walk in Brookdale Park, Harvest Festivals, Crane Park Festival, the The JLMN Run For Children at Risk, How to Eat Like a Child at Studio Playhouse, and Rosh Hashanah family events — 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:

The Wiggles, are bringing their “catchy brand of preschool pop” to The Wellmont Theater in Montclair! (Saturday, September 27)

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UNBORED Games Inspires Families to Play

BY  |  Friday, Sep 26, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Fans of UNBORED:The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun will love UNBORED Games, the latest guide book for fun by Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen.

The smaller, paperback UNBORED Games is jam-packed with all sorts of games to play, customize, and inspiration to create. There are more than seventy games from old-fashioned favorites (my favorite) to today’s high-tech games (my 10 year olds favorite). You’ll learn clapping games, bike rodeo, Google Earth challenges, croquet golf, capture the flag, and the best ever apps to play with Grandma, to name only a handful. Gaming is a whole culture for kids to explore, and the book will be complete with gaming history and interviews with awesome game designers. The takeaway from UNBORED Games is that “all games can be self-customized, or hacked. You can even make up your own games. Some could even change the world.”

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Local Families Gather at New Spin Studio For a Great Cause

BY  |  Friday, Sep 26, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Free the Children

Last weekend 23 Montclair and Glen Ridge families gathered together at Montclair’s newest cycling studio, Athletic Genius, to raise money for the non-profit organization, Free the Children.

The families have been working for months raising awareness and collecting donations. They raised over $14,000 which will go directly to building a new school in rural Kenya. They celebrated their efforts and enjoyed hours of spinning with fun music thanks to Holly Hargrave who hosted the event to embrace the cause.

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Op-Ed: Toy Hand Grenades: Child’s Play or a Ticking Time Bomb?

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (23)

toy hand grenades machine guns and other weapon artillery.

The following Op-Ed was submitted by Azizi Birkeland, a Montclair mother of two young children, on the dangers of toy weapons:

Recently I went to the Dollar Tree on Prospect Avenue in West Orange. I noticed a full rack of toy hand grenades machine guns and other weapon artillery. We live in a country where people are dying at the hands of guns daily. A world with constant battle of war. Hand grenades, a lower level WMD is still destructive and designed to kill.

Where would something like this have a place in the hands of child’s play? 

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Glen Ridge High School Marching Band and Color Guard Kicks Off the Season with “This Is the End”

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Glen Ridge High School Marching Band

The Glen Ridge High School Marching Band and Color Guard unveiled their newest competition-ready performance during halftime at the school’s football game Saturday, September 20, 2014. Under the direction of GRHS Music Director Kevin Lagos and Color Guard Instructors Frank Salati and Lizann Landers, the 2014 show, entitled “This Is the End” weaves together selections from the last movements of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Dvorak’s New World Symphony, Holtz’s Planets, Ravel’s Bolero, Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Stravinsky’s Firebird, and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, as well as the theme from the Merrie Melodies cartoon series. According to Lagos, the “intensity of ending after ending creates a very exciting show and should keep the crowd engaged the whole time!”

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Montclair Academy for Culinary & Hospitality Excellence Kicked Off Series at MHS

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Academy for Culinary & Hospitality Excellence

Anthony Bracco and Bryan Gregg

Yesterday, MACHE (Montclair Academy of Culinary & Hospitality Excellence), a cooperative extracurricular club at Montclair High School, kicked off their new series of interactive seminars with “Cooking CSA Style.”

Montclair Academy for Culinary & Hospitality ExcellenceForty Montclair High School students attended the presentation by Bryan Gregg, chef and owner of Escape Montclair, along with Anthony Bracco, proprietor of Bracco Farms. The discussion focused on the benefits of locally sourced produce, as well as how and why this produce is being sought by local restauranteurs, like Gregg.

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It’s Rosh Hashanah!

Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Barista Kids wishes a sweet and happy New Year to all the families celebrating Rosh Hashanah.

Here is a great video of Dip Your Apple by The Fountainheads to enjoy.


Meet the Author in Montclair: Lydia Denworth to Discuss Her Book Inspired By Her Child’s Hearing Loss

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

I Can Hear You Whisper

Acclaimed science writer Lydia Denworth will visit Montclair on October 1, to discuss her new book I Can Hear You Whisper, which explores her son’s hearing loss and the relationship between the brain and sound and language.

When Denworth’s third son Alex, was nearly two, he was identified with significant hearing loss that was likely to get worse. The diagnosis sent Denworth on a mission to learn more.

“I knew the importance of enrichment to the developing brain, but had never contemplated the opposite: Deprivation. How would a child’s brain grow outside the world of sound we all take for granted? How would he communicate? Would he learn to read and write—weren’t phonics a key to literacy? How long did we have until Alex’s brain changed irrevocably?”

I Can Hear You Whisper shows how sound sculpts our children’s brains and the life changing consequences of that delicate process.

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Montclair Student Wins “My Essex County” Poster Contest

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

"My Essex County" Poster Contest

Essex County Clerk Chris Durkin and Sadie Cherin Kim

Congratulations to Watchung Elementary School student Sadie Cherin Kim!  She is the winner of the 2014 “My Essex County” Poster Contest.

The Essex County Clerk’s Office received 707 poster entries from 43 schools throughout the county. The contest asked students to express their appreciation for the history, the beauty, and the people of Essex County through art. Sadie’s poster was chosen and the Montclair student was honored at an event at the Hall of records in Newark.

Check out Sadie’s winning poster below:

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