Documenting Glenfield School in Montclair for a Ceremony for This Time

BY  |  Monday, Sep 08, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Photo Credit: CoCo Alexander

Daryl Ferrara photo credit: CoCo Alexander

The Arts are more than relevant for today’s students; they help young people learn to discover and know the kinds of people they want to become. At a time when arts-based education is relegated to 40 minutes twice-a-week for many of today’s students, a newly finished film celebrates the arts-based curriculum at Glenfield Middle School in Montclair. Ceremony for This Time, a response and revisit to the 1995 film Ceremony for Our Time, delves into how the students at Glenfield still benefit from a focus on dance, theater, vocal performance, and other performing arts.

In 2013, Glenfield Middle School hosted a Gala celebration of the original documentary Ceremony for Our Time, which included performances and reunions. While the film is still in post-production, director Daryl Ferrara agreed to give Barista Kids a preview of things to come.

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Montclair Teen Competes in World Youth Scrabble Championship

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 04, 2014 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Paolo Federico-O’MurchuIf your Scrabble game involves studying your tiles to form the longest word possible, Paolo Federico-O’Murchu has a few pointers to share.

Paolo, 17, who starts his senior year at Montclair High School today, just returned from competing in the World Youth Scrabble Championship 2014 in Sri Lanka. The fierce competitor finished in 17th place – or tied for fourth depending on how you look at it – winning 15 of 24 games during the three-day tournament in Colombo.

“I consider wins more important than how much you win by,” he said, explaining that tournament champions are chosen based on the final point spread.

Paolo was the only player from North America in the pool of 120 competitors hailing primarily from Asian countries like Singapore, Thailand, India and Pakistan.

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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.


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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New Law Requires NJ High School Students to Learn CPR Before Graduating

BY  |  Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Beginning with this school year, all graduating high school seniors will be required to pass a CPR course as part of their high school curriculum. New Jersey is one of three states in the country to implement such a law. The others are Illinois and Oklahoma.

On August 20, Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno signed the bill, also known as Janet’s Law, which was sponsored by Senators Diane Allen and Joseph Vitale and Assemblymen Angel Fuentes and Patrick Diegnan Jr., and  passed with broad bipartisan support. The law was enacted to commemorate Janet Zilinski, an 11-year-old cheerleader from Warren, N.J. who died in 2006 after suffering sudden cardiac arrest at her school.

Janet’s Law seeks to better prepare schools in case of a sudden cardiac emergency and requires all school districts (public and private) have:

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Montclair Film Festival’s Summer Series Ends With Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on Friday Night

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Who wants to see Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on Church Street this Friday night? Anyone? Anyone?

Take your teens to Montclair Film Festival’s final outdoor film of the season and welcome in the new school year with the hilarious 1986 classic. There will also be a special appearance by Big Mamou before the film.

You know, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” 

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Montclair Student Takes Part in the National Young Leaders Conference

Tuesday, Aug 05, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

National Young Leaders Conference

Giovanna Mullen, a 16 year-old incoming junior at Montclair High School, along with a number of outstanding high school students from across the nation recently took part in a unique leadership development experience, the National Young Leaders Conference: Skills in Leadership for Change, an Envision program.

Giovanna  is very active in the Montclair community. She is a Girl Scout Cadet (who is currently working on her Gold Award), works at The Little Gym, is on the varsity gymnastics team and the Field and Track team at Montclair High School. It’s no wonder she was selected to attend the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington DC.

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Montclair High Students’ Empty Bowls Project Raises $2,793 for Toni’s Kitchen

BY  |  Saturday, Aug 02, 2014 8:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Empty Bowls Project

In June an Empty Bowls Project Fundraiser took place at Toni’s Kitchen raising $2,793.  Partners for Health Foundation matched these funds, and a check for $5,586 was recently presented to Anne Mernin, Director of Outreach, Toni’s Kitchen at St. Luke’s Church.

This Empty Bowls Project was organized by Montclair High School seniors, Sophia Abraham-Raveson, Zoë Jacobs, Jaime Knoth, and Devin Deflora, for their Career Internship Program.  The students were in charge of every aspect of creating the event, with Elizabeth Jacobs, owner of The Clay Studio, as their mentor. They created approximately 80 bowls, with some help from community members who were invited to the studio to help them hand build, throw, trim, and finally glaze the bowls. The students prepared most of the food that was served at the fundraising event, with the exception of the generous bread donation from The Montclair Bread Company.

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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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