BY Kuae Mattox | Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 8:00am |
Renaissance Clankers team members in photo: from top left to right – Beckett Welles, Harrison Naftelberg, Eshaan Vasisht, David Goldsmith, Alex Goggin, Nick Kopelow
Picture this: a powerful storm hits Montclair and the power in your neighborhood goes out. Sound eerily familiar? Only this time you still have Internet access because you’ve been able to tap into a Wi-Fi “powered pocket” nearby.
That might sound a bit futuristic to you, but thanks to one of Renaissance Middle School’s robotics teams, that future is here and now with Storm Network.
Meet the Montclair Clankers, six, seventh grade students who are blazing the trails of innovation. They have spent the past few months diligently building a functional robot, but also coming up with an idea that could be a big boon for the town of Montclair.
Recently, the Clankers and three other robotics teams from Renaissance Middle School competed in the First Lego League (FLL) North Jersey Regional Middle School Robotics Competition in Clifton. All four teams unveiled their robot designs and received recognition for their work. The Clankers won the overall “Robot Design” award and advanced to the state level finals this coming Saturday.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013 3:54pm |
Coach Dan Roberts and Coach John Fiore
The New York Jets have announced that John Fiore, coach of the Montclair High School Mounties football team, has been named this year’s recipient of the New York Jets High School Coach of the Year Award. For his efforts, he will receive $2,000 to benefit the school’s football program and he will be presented with a certificate from the Jets.
According to the NY Jets website, “The award, in its 18th year, is given to a coach in the tristate area who serves the best interests of the game through the teaching of sound football fundamentals, the motivation of young players to achieve, and the promotion of youth football by way of dedication to their community, their school and their student-athletes.”
BY Announcement | Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013 11:30am |
Back L-r: Chelsea Wright, Marva Hanks, Mark Sceurman. Front: Sajeda Cupido, Winner
Sajeda Cupido, an 8th grader, took first place singing “If I Were A Boy,” by Beyonce at the Bloomfield Cultural Commission’s Bloomfield’s Most Talented contest. Sajeda is gifted with a powerful singing voice and easily won the praise of Judges Chelsea Wright, Marva Hanks and Mark Sceurman who encouraged her to continue pursuing her craft.
BY Steve Maginnis | Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013 7:00am |
Members of the Montclair Board of Education and attorney Mark Tabakin, who has been investigating the leak of the planned assessments for students in the Montclair school district, met with the Montclair Township Council on December 10 in a closed session. The meeting prompted local education activists to address the council in the public comment section of the council meeting, in which many of them accused the school board of issuing subpoenas to residents opposed to the assessments to squelch dissent.
Resident Luis Delgado cited the debate over the reforms that has caused so much controversy over the past year and how it had been healthy for the township, but said that recent reports of the board’s investigation left him concerned about a lack of common sense in the direction its investigation is taking.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Sunday, Dec 08, 2013 7:31am |
Congratulations to the Montclair High School Mounties on their second straight undefeated state championship season! The football team defeated Ridgewood 33-0:
BY Kristen Kemp | Thursday, Dec 05, 2013 12:00pm |
WINNER: Congratulations to kellbeans!
The supercool local moms Stephanie Troeller and Mary Kate Mellow who created the Prima Princessa brand are getting creative again. As a companion to their website and DVDs, they’ve just released a new book Ballet for Beginners.
And they want to give you a copy along with a Prima Princessa ballerina gift basket. The winner will receive the hardcover book, Ballet for Beginners, copies each of the 3 DVDs: Swan Lake (featuring the Paris Opera Ballet), The Nutcracker (featuring London’s Birmingham Royal Ballet),and Sleeping Beauty (featuring London’s Royal Ballet). They’ll also include a gorgeous tutu and tiara for the budding ballerina who wins.
Want to win? Tell us two things in comments about your favorite little ballerina–why does she love dance so much? And where does she take lessons locally?
Contest starts Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 12 pm EST and ends Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 9 pm EST. One person who leaves a comment by Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 9 pmwill be chosen at random to receive Ballet for Beginners and copies each of the 3 DVDs!
In the meantime, we wanted to catch up with ballerina moms Stephanie and Mary Kate. Here’s all of the scoop on their latest projects, their TV show, their new website and how they started this successful business that sprung out of lively playdates in their Montclair homes. Continue Reading
BY Announcement | Tuesday, Dec 03, 2013 8:00am |
Montclair High School School of Visual and Performing Arts (SVPA) presents Showcase 2014: Rockin’ Out, a rock musical revue beginning this weekend!
Director Corey Rubel said the concept of a rock revue came to him, given the recent rise of rock musicals. SVPA had never done a rock show and he thought Showcase 2014: Rockin’ Out was a chance to do something different. The show has the feel of a rock concert and he has pushed his actors to explore what it is to be a rock star. Rubel has focused the first half of the show on the theatricality of rock music and the stories it tells, with a lot of upbeat songs and full company dance numbers. The second act focuses on the emotional content of rock music. Audiences can expect a ballad or two.
BY Emily Klein | Monday, Dec 02, 2013 2:00pm |
Tired of the same old ho-hum weekend activities? Consider the brand new Zam0ns game.
Packed with an exciting treasure hunt set against a mysterious meta-physical being backstory, the Zam0ns game is one that the whole family can enjoy together. Think geocaching expedition meets a healthy dose of alien intrigue and you’ll get the picture.
Montclair father Leo Aristimuno explains that the Zam0ns (that’s with a zero) are other-worldly beings who are here to guide us, play with us, teach and learn from us. They have recently visited Montclair and left us some interesting items to explore in a secret location tucked away in Nishuane Park in Montclair, otherwise known as #R00T_QUAD (with two zero’s).
BY Randi Mazzella | Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 12:00pm |
Getting a driver’s license is a major milestone for a teenager and for a teen’s parents. As a mom of two teens, one with a driver’s license and one just a few weeks away from getting her permit, I can personally say that teaching your child to drive can be a very stressful experience.
Imaging facing this stress times five? Karla and Jeff Jansen from Omaha, Nebraska, and they have fifteen-year old quintuplets who all got their permits and are learning to drive at the same time!
BY Georgette Gilmore | Monday, Nov 25, 2013 8:00am |
The Montclair Field Hockey Booster Club will present a Self-Defense Class for MHS Students on December 4 and 5.
NYC instructor Gabrielle Rubin, who has appeared on CBS News, Katie, Bethany Ever After, ABC with Bill Ritter, will teach the two hour class will include a personal safety information session, along with practicing self defense moves designed to put students in control of their personal safety: