Celebrate Parenthood at North Jersey’s own Listen to Your Mother

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Listen to Your Mother 2014When was the last time you were told to “Listen to your mother”? In May, Baristaville will have a chance to listen to many stories of motherhood from all points of view. After several days of auditions that narrowed down almost 100 stories about mothers and motherhood, the selected authors for the inaugural year of the North Jersey Listen to Your Mother cast are getting ready to share their words with all of us at the South Orange Performing Arts Center on May 10th at 5 PM.

Organizers Sandy Rustin and Deborah Goldstein narrowed down the scores of auditions to fifteen authors and performers, many from the Maplewood/South Orange area. Each performer will share their personal stories, some humorous, some heartbreaking, as Listen to Your Mother (LTYM) continues its tradition of giving motherhood a microphone — this time in New Jersey!

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Warmer Weather = School Dress Code Violations

BY  |  Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (9)

dress codeWarmer weather brings flowers, sunny days, and less clothing. And less clothing often causes schools to deal with dress code violations. Typically, it’s girls who get the violations because the rules are against length of shorts and skirts. Other than boys wearing saggy shorts and jeans revealing their underwear, the violations sway towards girls. Sexist? Some parents think so. Recently a school in Illinois banned leggings for being “too distracting to boys” to be fit for the classroom.”

This week, I followed several Facebook discussions of Montclair Glenfield Middle School parents complaining that their daughters were made to change for what teachers/administrators felt were too short shorts, while the parents thought they were “modest” and appropriate. Some parents said that their daughters were told they couldn’t wear leggings or knee socks as well.

We reached out to Dr. Joseph Putrino, principal of Glenfield School for clarification:

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Montclair Kimberley Academy Students Helping to Fight Hunger

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Partners for Health Foundation

Montclair Kimberley Academy juniors Joe Amato and Ben Rapsas have teamed up with the Partners for Health Foundation to fight hunger.

The young men enlisted more than a dozen peers to join them in a Food Run that was held on Sunday, April 6.  Each runner/walker raised funds and traversed a 5K route outlined by an MKA Cross Country coach.  The course began in Brookdale Park, then went through Montclair and ended at the Salvation Army, which is the recipient of all funds raised.

Thanks to a new matching grants program for the Fight Hunger the Healthy Way Campaign, Partners for Health is matching every dollar raised by this Food Run.  The teens raised $2,200, which means the Salvation Army will receive a check for $4,400.

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Local Family Creates a One of a Kind Experience for Teens at Guru Travel Camp in Sri Lanka

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 09, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Guru Travel Camp

Jamie Wasserman is a Montclair mother who has been taking her daughters on two international trips a year. Not just for sun and fun. No. The Wasserman / Held family travels to do good and gain life experiences. Now, they want to share their experience and bring more awareness to a cause close to their hearts — elephants. They have teamed up with the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society (SLWCS) to create Guru Travel, a teen travel summer camp experience that takes place in Sri Lanka.

Guru Travel will take a group of teens (ages 14 and up) to their facilities in the village of Wasgamuwa, Sri Lanka. Campers / Volunteers will spend 23 days, from June 28 to July 21, teaching English to the children in the local village and conducting research on elephants and other wildlife.

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Lacordaire Academy Upper School Presents SHOUT!

BY  |  Monday, Apr 07, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Talented students of Lacordaire Academy in Montclair will present their spring musical SHOUT! on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12.

SHOUT! follows five fab gals on a high-energy, hip-shaking, non-stop vibrant trip through the Swingin’ 60s that gave birth to such hits as Downtown, To Sir With Love, Son of a Preacher Man, and Georgy Girl — songs that express the changing attitudes and dawning liberation of women. This fun-filled musical is an irresistible blend of foot-stomping songs, eye-popping fashions and psychedelic dancing that will make you want to throw your head back and SHOUT!

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Glen Ridge High School Presents A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

The Glen Ridge High School Drama Club will present the musical “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” at the Ridgewood Avenue School auditorium this Friday, March 28 at 7 pm, Saturday, March 29 at 7 pm and Sunday, March 30 at 2 pm.

Inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Platus, this Tony-award winning musical tells the farcical story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door.

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Montclair High Student Performed at Carnegie Hall

BY  |  Monday, Mar 24, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Zach Adleman

On Sunday, March 23, Zach Adleman, a junior at Montclair High School played on the stage of Carnegie Hall in the program entitled “Ellington’s Sacred Music.”  The age old adage about one gets to Carnegie Hall was answered by the crowd’s standing ovation, and oh yes, Zach and all his peers they most certainly did: “Practice, Practice, Practice.”



Local Students Receive Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in Competition Held at Montclair Art Museum

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Art Museum (MAM) announced that students from across New Jersey have received prestigious awards for their artwork through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the 91-year-old national program that recognizes outstanding creative teenagers and offers scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors. The program is administered by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, for which the Montclair Art Museum is the sole affiliate sponsor in New Jersey, the sixth year MAM has served in this capacity. The competition at MAM focuses on visual art.

MAM is one of 115 affiliate organizations nationwide that, in partnership with the Alliance, conduct the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. At MAM, more than 30 jurors, made up of artists, curators, and educators, participated in a series of panels, reviewing 4,500 submissions.

A total of 1,132 creative teens in grades 7–12 submitted art works. The Gold Key Award was awarded to 254 individuals; additionally, 207 received the Silver Award and 398 received Honorable Mention. Click here for a full list of 2014 Regional Winners.

Three Montclair students received a Gold Key Award: Lucia Giron and Ella McDonald from Montclair High School and Skye Volmar from Montclair Kimberley Academy:

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Montclair High Teens Spread the Love Shouldn’t Hurt Message

BY  |  Monday, Mar 03, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Love Shouldn’t Hurt

Awareness of teen dating violence and the message “Love Shouldn’t Hurt” was brought to Montclair High School in February through the efforts of two active student clubs, the Key Club and Sisters on the Runway.

In cooperation with LoveIsRespect.org, the Key Club organized the signing of a student pledge in the main cafeteria and hung posters displaying the startling statistics about dating abuse. Students were asked to sign pledges of respect and appropriate conduct including to, “never hurt my girlfriend/boyfriend physically, verbally, or emotionally,” and “not to be controlling or manipulative.” The pledges are currently on display in the main building hallway.

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The Hold Steady to Appear and Perform at School of Rock Montclair’s Open House

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Hold Steady

Craig Finn and Tad Kubler, founding members of the acclaimed rock band The Hold Steady, will take part in an open house event at School of Rock Montclair on Sunday, March 2.

Noted for their lyrically dense storytelling and loud, righteous guitars, The Hold Steady debuted on the Brooklyn music scene in 2000.  They were featured on the cover of the Village Voice in 2005 (the first band to do so in 15 years) and were voted Blender’s “Band of the Year” in 2006.  Their songs and albums have been selected as being among the year’s best in 2005, 2006, and 2008 – and were included in the Top Tracks of the 2000s – by America’s top music critics, including the influential music site Pitchfork.

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