UNBORED Games Inspires Families to Play

BY  |  Friday, Sep 26, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Fans of UNBORED:The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun will love UNBORED Games, the latest guide book for fun by Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen.

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.”

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Local Families Gather at New Spin Studio For a Great Cause

BY  |  Friday, Sep 26, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Free the Children

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.

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Op-Ed: Toy Hand Grenades: Child’s Play or a Ticking Time Bomb?

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (23)

toy hand grenades machine guns and other weapon artillery.

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? 

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Glen Ridge High School Marching Band and Color Guard Kicks Off the Season with “This Is the End”

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Glen Ridge High School Marching Band

The Glen Ridge High School Marching Band and Color Guard unveiled their newest competition-ready performance during halftime at the school’s football game Saturday, September 20, 2014. Under the direction of GRHS Music Director Kevin Lagos and Color Guard Instructors Frank Salati and Lizann Landers, the 2014 show, entitled “This Is the End” weaves together selections from the last movements of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Dvorak’s New World Symphony, Holtz’s Planets, Ravel’s Bolero, Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Stravinsky’s Firebird, and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, as well as the theme from the Merrie Melodies cartoon series. According to Lagos, the “intensity of ending after ending creates a very exciting show and should keep the crowd engaged the whole time!”

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Montclair Academy for Culinary & Hospitality Excellence Kicked Off Series at MHS

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Academy for Culinary & Hospitality Excellence

Anthony Bracco and Bryan Gregg

Yesterday, MACHE (Montclair Academy of Culinary & Hospitality Excellence), a cooperative extracurricular club at Montclair High School, kicked off their new series of interactive seminars with “Cooking CSA Style.”

Montclair Academy for Culinary & Hospitality ExcellenceForty Montclair High School students attended the presentation by Bryan Gregg, chef and owner of Escape Montclair, along with Anthony Bracco, proprietor of Bracco Farms. The discussion focused on the benefits of locally sourced produce, as well as how and why this produce is being sought by local restauranteurs, like Gregg.

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It’s Rosh Hashanah!

Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Barista Kids wishes a sweet and happy New Year to all the families celebrating Rosh Hashanah.

Here is a great video of Dip Your Apple by The Fountainheads to enjoy.


Montclair Schools Superintendent Answers Questions at Civil Rights Commission Meeting

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (17)

Montclair Civil Rights Commission

Montclair Schools Superintendent Penny MacCormack was a special guest during last Thursday’s Montclair Civil Rights Commission meeting, answering a wide range of previously submitted questions on topics ranging from the achievement gap to overcrowding in classrooms, and angering some parents who left after discovering the format of the meeting did not allow for the public to voice concerns or ask questions of their own.

More than 30 residents, including two Town Council and four Board of Education members along with representatives from the NAACP and Montclair Education Association, filled the room to hear Dr. MacCormack, who arrived on crutches after a recent surgery, share her thoughts and advance concerns that continue to loom at the beginning of the school year.

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Montclair Fire Department Warns of Dangers of “Fire Challenge” Trend

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Fire ChallengeI’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:

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Take the Family on a Chalk Walk in Brookdale Park This Weekend

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Chalk Walk in Brookdale Park

On Saturday, September 27, take the family for a stroll along Brookdale Park’s main pathways as they are transformed by professional artists into a Chalk Walk and discover park facts and trivia brought to life by beautiful, hand-drawn chalk info-graphics.

You’ll learn about the park’s history, get to better know the birds and animals that call the park home and find out what makes Brookdale Park such an amazing resource.

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Montclair Orthodontist Will Run His Third Marathon to Raise Money for the Montclair Public Library

BY  |  Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Dr. Ed GoldFor 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.

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