Calling All Junior Detectives! Learn Forensics 101 With the Montclair PD

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Forensics 101

Having just finished binge watching Luther on BBC, I really wish I was young enough to attend this event.  The Montclair Police Department would like to offer a little insight into the profession of crime scene investigation to kids in the 6th grade and up on Thursday, August 7, at the Montclair Public Library.

Topics covered will be fingerprints and DNA — from the science behind them to their practical use in police work, basic crime scene techniques and patrol officer functions, and an interactive roll-play exercise where Jr. Officers and Jr Detectives will work together to solve a crime.

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Little Shoebox Grows Up With Valley Girl Shoes in Montclair

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

valley girl shoes

If you’re a fan of Little Shoebox for quality shoes for young children in Montclair, you’re going to be happy to learn that, just across the street and down the block a bit, Valley Girl Shoes will open mid-August.

Elaine Sinisi, owner of Little Shoebox is very excited to open a second shoe store. “With Valley Girl Shoes we’re hoping to accommodate girls that have outgrown Little Shoebox as well as their moms, and college students as well.”

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Montclair State University Adopts SAT/ACT Test-Optional Admissions Policy

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

SAT/ACT-Optional Admission Policy

Montclair State University announced this week that it will become the first public university in New Jersey to adopt an SAT/ACT test-optional admissions policy for all undergraduate applicants. It joins more than 800 of the nation’s colleges and universities who are “test optional,” “test flexible” or otherwise de-emphasize the use of standardized tests by making admissions decisions about substantial numbers of applicants who recently graduated from U.S. high schools without using the SAT or ACT.

Effective beginning with for the fall 2015 entering freshmen class, MSU will revise its admissions protocol, placing primary emphasis on an applicant’s high school GPA combined with close attention to the specific courses taken. Submission of SAT and ACT scores will no longer be required, although the University will consider these scores should a student choose to submit them.

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Local Teens Earn Community Service Awards from the Junior League of Montclair-Newark, Inc.

BY  |  Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Junior League of Montclair-Newark, Inc


Congratulations to these local teens who each received a $500 scholarship and a certificate for their volunteer work from the Junior League of Montclair-Newark, Inc. They volunteered more than 1200 hours:
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Montclair Boy to Compete on Food Network’s Chopped Teen Tournament

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Chopped Teen Tournament

Set your DVR’s to the Food Network on August 5  because Montclair’s own Jake Diamond will be battling it out on the Chopped Teen Tournament. If he wins that episode, the soon-to-be Renaissance eighth grader will get to compete on the season finale where the winner will walk away with a $25,000 prize and a culinary school scholarship.

Jake, who was also featured on Barista Kids two years ago when he competed on Super Chef Kids, was first introduced to cooking when he was five years old and immediately fell in love. “I’m a creative person and cooking lets me express that. I like to try new things and I love being able to just whip something up,” Jake explains. Now, an old pro in the kitchen, he enjoys preparing meat, cod and any kind of chicken. His favorite creation, though, is his hamburger. Jake’s twist on the traditional burger includes a sriracha sauce heat component along with onions, cheese and some other yummy ingredients.

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Girl Scouts Host Camplified, a Summer Music Festival at South Mountain

BY  |  Monday, Jul 14, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Experience an afternoon of live performances, games and activities, giveaways, and more at Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey’s Camplified on Saturday, July 19!

The Summer Family Music Festival will bring several talented emerging artists to the stage during the festival including, Seconds ApartBad Seed Rising, and Go Down Moses.

A DJ will also be on hand to entertain the crowd between sets.

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Teens Invited to Take the Fear Factor Food Challenge at MPL This Afternoon

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

Fear Factor Food Challenge

Care for some Baby Diaper Chocolate Pudding?

Teens of Montclair, are you ready to face your fears? Then head over to the Montclair Public Library this afternoon to be a participant in the Fear Factor Food Challenge.

See if you have the stomach to eat some crazy concoctions such as the Taste Your Fear, Baby Diapers, Dog Eat Dog, Big Red, and Mix It Up Challenges!

Team up with a friend or they’ll pair you up to see if you have what it takes to face your fears!

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Montclair Academy for Culinary & Hospitality Excellence to Offer Culinary Education to High School Students

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Academy for Culinary & Hospitality Excellence


Montclair has a new culinary school in town and it’s at Montclair High School.

Thanks to the Montclair Food & Wine Festival (MFWF) and the Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence (MFEE) the former cooking program, Culinary Club, has been renamed the Montclair Academy for Culinary & Hospitality Excellence (MACHE) with hopes to offer an innovative culinary course for students.

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Essex County Freeholders Honor the Montclair High School Crew Team

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 02, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair High School Crew Team

During its June 25 meeting held at Montclair Town Hall, the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders honored the Montclair High School Crew Team for the third consecutive year, and for its outstanding 2014 season. The Board’s Commendations were sponsored and presented to members of the team and their coaches by District 5 Freeholder Brendan Gill of Montclair.

“Tonight’s presentation has become an annual affair. For the third year in a row, it is my pleasure to acknowledge the success of one of the newest sports at the high school”, said Freeholder Gill, “but one that has already established itself as one of the most successful in the Montclair tradition; and that is the Crew Team”, adding “and it’s always special when I’m able to honor student-athletes from my alma mater, Montclair High School.”

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The Spacemonkeys Are Moving Ahead

BY  |  Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

spacemonkeysThere aren’t a lot of straightforward answers about The Spacemonkeys. When I asked the band of Montclair High School sophomores who plays which instrument, Will Jacobson said, “We play multiple instruments, with members changing instruments depending on the song” and gave me a list of pretty much all the players (Michael Cubeddu, Chris Fabian, Gabe Friedin and Geoff Minet, along with Jacobson) playing everything. When I asked for some musical influences, I got the Beatles, the Strokes, Miles Davis and Elliott Smith, plus another Montclair band, Pinegrove.

But that doesn’t mean The Spacemonkeys are scattered. In fact, their music is tight and sophisticated, and everyone in the band kicks in to make it that way. “At first, we wrote our songs at our own respective homes before coming to practice and showing them to the band,” said Fabian. “Now, with 5 strong songwriters, our music has evolved enormously from what it used to be. Just solely off of the chemistry we have, we can turn a lazy jam into a foundation for a song.”

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