Last week, a state appellate court in New York found that a father’s open-handed spanking of his 8-year-old son was “a reasonable use of force.” The ruling by the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court dismissed a child neglect proceeding against the father who, in October 2012, spanked his 8 son for cursing at an adult during the party at a friend’s house.
The appeals court stated that “The father’s open-handed spanking of the child as a form of discipline after he heard the child curse at an adult was a reasonable use of force and, under the circumstances presented here, did not constitute excessive corporal punishment.”
It’s legal in all 50 states for parents to hit their children. Per New Jersey Law spanking is not illegal as long as it is not used in excess:
This summer, there are many Millburn/Short Hills moms spending time at the town baseball fields. They aren’t there to cheer on their children though. Instead, they are taking the field themselves, competing in the newly formed Women’s Softball League.
Jemela Zamore and Pamela Rubin, both Short Hills moms, are the women who put the league together. Zamore explains, “We were at a friend’s birthday celebration and I was just thinking how awesome everyone at the table was. We are all from different backgrounds and yet here we were, together to celebrate. It just popped out of my mouth, ‘Hey Pam, you know what our town needs, a softball team!’”
Rubin wholeheartedly agreed and immediately called the town’s Head of Recreation. He said that they had tried in the past and it never really caught on. Since both Rubin and Zamore already knew several women that were interested, they were able to convince the town to give it another go.
The young cast of Gas Lamp Academy of Performing Arts‘s Peter Pan, had a special experience when Broadway and television actress, Sondra Lee, made a special trip to Glen Ridge to have a talkback with the kids this week. Sondra Lee originated the role of Tiger Lilly in the 1954 Broadway production of Peter Pan as well as the 1955, 1956 and 1960 television broadcasts of Peter Pan working along side the incomparable Mary Martin.
Dana is a lifelong Bloomfield resident and mom of two. She is fighting stage 4 breast cancer. Her friends have created a fundraising site to help raise money to cover Dana’s rent, vehicle, household food, medical costs such as transportation to the research trial at Sloan Kettering in NYC, and to pay off the credit cards of all the same expenses noted above that she has incurred.
Casey Borella, an 8th grader at Montclair Kimberley Academy, auditioned to sing the National Anthem at a NJ Jackals game this past spring. After listening to her sing in the video above, it’s no surprise that the 13 year old was one of the chosen singers. She sang the Star Spangled Banner beautifully last Saturday, July 12, opening up the game where the Jackals defeated the Saltdogs 10-2.
Casey says she has been singing as long as she can remember, but has been taking formal voice classes for the past three years with a teacher at School of Rock (SOR) Montclair.
“When I first came to the school I was originally just learning how to control my voice and sing properly. For the first two years of my time at SOR, I had Sibvon Rose as my voice teacher. She was probably the one who initially made me stick with singing, and I cannot thank her enough for all she did for me as a teacher, mentor, and friend, says Casey.
Each year, more than 2,100 children across Essex County are removed from their birth parents due to abuse, neglect or abandonment and their cases come before Family Court. Through CASA for Children of Essex County, everyday citizens are trained and empowered as officers of the court to help these children and the Judges hearing their cases.
CASA for Children of Essex County is currently seeking volunteers across Essex County to join the 223 advocates that currently serve 530 foster children in the County. New training classes begin on September 9, 2014, and applications can be downloaded here.
There are more than 1,000 foster children in Essex County who do not have a CASA advocate, and are in need of one. CASA volunteer advocates are appointed by family court judges to serve one child or sibling set at a time and their critical volunteer role is to:
This morning at 8:15 am, my 10-year-old son grabbed his backpack and hopped on the bus, ready and excited, to day camp. Although many of his friends have decided to go to a sleepaway camp, my son prefers to be at camp all day and then sleep in his own bed at night.
But I’m not unhappy, in fact I could say I’m very happy, that my son has chosen not to go. My husband and I didn’t go to sleepaway camp and we don’t believe that it is right for all kids – especially if it isn’t something they are clamoring to do.
At a ceremony held this week, the United Way of Bloomfield (UWB) Board of Trustees presented a $2,500 scholarship check to Michael Sceurman, Director of Recreation, for the Bloomfield Recreation 2014 Summer Camp Program. These funds will help to cover the costs of summer camp tuition for a number of families who applied for assistance for their children to attend a series of camp sessions. This is the first year that the UWB has offered the summer camp scholarships.