The smaller, paperback UNBORED Games is jam-packed with all sorts of games to play, customize, and inspiration to create. There are more than seventy games from old-fashioned favorites (my favorite) to today’s high-tech games (my 10 year olds favorite). You’ll learn clapping games, bike rodeo, Google Earth challenges, croquet golf, capture the flag, and the best ever apps to play with Grandma, to name only a handful. Gaming is a whole culture for kids to explore, and the book will be complete with gaming history and interviews with awesome game designers. The takeaway from UNBORED Games is that “all games can be self-customized, or hacked. You can even make up your own games. Some could even change the world.”
Last weekend 23 Montclair and Glen Ridge families gathered together at Montclair’s newest cycling studio, Athletic Genius, to raise money for the non-profit organization, Free the Children.
The families have been working for months raising awareness and collecting donations. They raised over $14,000 which will go directly to building a new school in rural Kenya. They celebrated their efforts and enjoyed hours of spinning with fun music thanks to Holly Hargrave who hosted the event to embrace the cause.
The following Op-Ed was submitted by Azizi Birkeland, a Montclair mother of two young children, on the dangers of toy weapons:
Recently I went to the Dollar Tree on Prospect Avenue in West Orange. I noticed a full rack of toy hand grenades machine guns and other weapon artillery. We live in a country where people are dying at the hands of guns daily. A world with constant battle of war. Hand grenades, a lower level WMD is still destructive and designed to kill.
Where would something like this have a place in the hands of child’s play?
Essex County Clerk Chris Durkin and Sadie Cherin Kim
Congratulations to Watchung Elementary School student Sadie Cherin Kim! She is the winner of the 2014 “My Essex County” Poster Contest.
The Essex County Clerk’s Office received 707 poster entries from 43 schools throughout the county. The contest asked students to express their appreciation for the history, the beauty, and the people of Essex County through art. Sadie’s poster was chosen and the Montclair student was honored at an event at the Hall of records in Newark.
I’ve learned something new today that has strengthened my decision to keep my kids off of all social media and monitor all their internet activity — the “Fire Challenge.”
Today, the Montclair Fire Department sent out a warning about an extremely dangerous trend where young people pour flammable liquids on their bodies and set themselves on fire and post the videos on YouTube.
“Many kids in all parts of the country are suffering severe burns from performing the fire challenge,” said acting Fire Chief Thomas Diveny. “To date we know of two students from Montclair who did the fire challenge, luckily they were not injured. There is nothing smart about pouring a flammable liquid on your body and igniting it.”
The MFD is sharing information to educate children on the consequences of setting oneself on fire:
“You can try again.” “You should be happy you have one healthy child already.” “It wasn’t meant to be.”
When someone has lost a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death, it is hard to find the right thing to say, but actually it is worse to say nothing. The parents will all grieve in their own way depending on their extremely personal experience. If friends and family gloss over the event and do not realize it is a loss and requires mourning, it can make the grieving parents feel unsupported.
Losing a pregnancy or newborn is still a taboo subject despite the staggering number of losses occurring each year. According to CDC.gov data, “Fetal mortality—the intrauterine death of a fetus at any gestational age—is a major but often overlooked public health issue. Much of the public concern surrounding reproductive loss has focused on infant mortality, due in part to a lesser knowledge of the incidence, etiology, and prevention strategies for fetal mortality. The National Center for Health Statistics’ National Survey of Family Growth estimates that there are more than 1 million fetal losses per year in the United States, with the vast majority of these occurring before 20 weeks of gestation.”
For the past two years, Montclair Orthodontist Dr. Ed Gold has been running marathons to benefit the Montclair Public Library Children’s Program, raising over $16,000 as part of the Annual Appeal campaign. Next month, Dr. Gold will run another 26.2 miles at the Mohawk-Hudson River Marathon in Albany, New York for MPL.
Dr. Gold says he decided to run for the Montclair Public Library with the hope that the library will help lay the foundation for this generation and future generations to learn and apply their acquired knowledge to benefit society. This foundation of knowledge may help lead to the cures for diseases that afflict so many of our families and friends or help our society in other ways.
We love this clip From Sesame Street, the show that has provided valuable, and entertaining, lessons for children for the past 45 years. Oscar Winning actress Lupita Nyong’o and Elmo teach a very important lesson — to love the skin you’re in.
Enterovirus D68, the respiratory illness suspected of hospitalizing hundreds of children in 21 states in the South, and Midwest, is now in the Northeast. Today health officials have confirmed New Jersey’s first case of the respiratory illness that is caused by an uncommon virus. The state health department says the child — who has not been identified by age, town or name — has improved and been discharged, according to CBSlocal.com.
Although Enterovirus D68 has caused concern, particularly among parents of young children, Enteroviruses themselves are common. The CDC estimated that 10 to 15 million people are infected with them each year. The Enterovirus D68 strain, in particular, dates to 1962 and hasn’t been widely reported in years, which experts said could be part of the problem.