Rosh Hashanah: Vacation Camp Child Care Options

BY  |  Friday, Sep 19, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

vacation campsSchools are closed on Thursday, September 25 for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

If you need childcare, here are some Vacation Camp options:

Little Live Y’ers Vacation Camp
Who: Kids in preschool – kindergarten.
What: A day filled with fun activities: swimming, gym, arts and crafts and more!
Where: The Geyer Family YMCA, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
When: Thursday, September 25. Kids can be dropped off as early at 7:30 a.m. and picked up as late as 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $60 per day per child for members; $70 for non-members. Must register at least 2 days in advance.

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Comedy Class for Your Funny Kids

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Comedy Class for Your Funny Kids

Does your child seem to have a knack for making people laugh? Or maybe he loves being the center of attention, up on stage and in the spotlight. If this sounds like your kid, then Bloomfield mom Becky Veduccio-Langton’s upcoming Comedy for Kids class might be the ticket to your little one’s next punch line.

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Enterovirus D68 Strain Spreads to the Northeast, Case Confirmed in New Jersey

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 2:57pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Enterovirus D68

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

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.

Dr. Marjory Langer, Medical Director of the Emergency Department at HackensackUMC Mountainside in Montclair, spoke to Barista Kids to offer more information on Enterovirus D68 and advice for parents.

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The 9th Annual Crane Park Festival: Fun For the Whole Family

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Crane Park Festival

For the ninth year in a row, the annual Crane Park Festival in Monclair will offer  music, art, and lots of fun  for the whole family. The fun community event happens next weekend on Saturday, September 27.

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Montclair Achievement Gap Advisory Panel Launches Community Sharing Forums in October

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Achievement Gap Advisory Panel The Montclair Public Schools’ Achievement Gap Advisory Panel (AGAP) will host a series of fall meetings open to the public to gather information and hear the community’s perspective on how to best address the long-standing achievement gap within the district:

Achievement Gap Community Sharing Forum for Grades K- 5
Monday, October 13, 6:30 pm
Nishuane School – Auditorium, 32 Cedar Avenue
Light refreshments and childcare will be provided.


Achievement Gap Community Sharing Forum for Grades 6-12
Wednesday, October 22, 6:30 pm
Glenfield School – Auditorium, 25 Maple Avenue
Light refreshments and childcare will be provided.

The Montclair Achievement Gap Advisory Panel is an independent body of approximately 40 volunteers comprised of concerned parents, academicians, community organizers, and non-profit leaders.

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Food Allergy Families Rejoice! Sneaky Chef Chocolate No-Nut Butter Has Arrived

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Sneaky Chef Chocolate No-Nut Butter

Missy Chase Lapine, who parents may know from her Sneaky Chef Method and series of books, has developed a new Sneaky Chef Chocolate No-Nut Butter that is so damn good I almost cried when I tasted it. Crying over a chocolate spread? Let me explain…

We found out my oldest daughter, age 10, had a severe peanut allergy and slight hazelnut allergy when she was two years old. Since then, this peanut loving, Nutella addicted mom hasn’t been able to eat the stuff. And neither has my daughter, until Lapine made this delicious, and safe, chocolate no-nut butter.

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Pumpkin Picking Farms in New Jersey

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Pumpkin Picking

Local bakeries and coffee shops are offering pumpkin spice drinks and desserts, there’s a cool, crisp breeze in the air, and the leaves are turning color —  it’s time to pick your pumpkins! Sure you can buy a pumpkin at your local market, but there is something so special about pumpkin picking with the family. It’s a wonderful autumn tradition.

There are many pick your own farms in New Jersey that offer much more than just pumpkin picking. You’ll find corn mazes, hayrides, delicious food and more. And apples are still ripe for picking:

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Are You Ready for Some Football?

BY  |  Monday, Sep 15, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


This past month, as the days got shorter and the sun rose later, my 10-year old son got sadder and sadder. Getting off the bus on the last day of day camp he knew the first day of school was not far behind. Like many, he’s a kid that counts down to summer — all play, no books or enforced bedtimes. The thought that it would be over 250 days until the next summer vacation was just too much for him to bear.

I wasn’t sure when I would see his big broad smile again.

And then he heard the music and his eyes lit up. He says just those first few bars of the theme song send tingles down his spine. It is the bright spot of September for many and it can be summed up in just six words. ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?

With autumn’s arrival comes homework and tests, but it also brings tackles and touchdowns. Goodbye swimsuits, hello jerseys!

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Celebrate Rosh Hashanah with Kids

BY  |  Monday, Sep 15, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

At sundown on Wednesday, September 24, the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, is celebrated. For many Jewish families, it is a holiday of reflection and renewal, as well as a time to share a holiday meal with family and friends.

There are plenty of ideas online for making a festive Rosh Hashanah meal. Barista Kids contributor Anna Sandler gets inspired  by the recipes at The Shiksa in the Kitchen – particularly  her Apple Honey Challah and she’s a huge fan of her Oven Roasted Root Vegetables.

For celebrating the holiday with kids, she recommends heading over to Creative Jewish Mom and choosing a Rosh Hashanah craft from her huge selection. Most are good for mixed ages, and utilize common items you’re likely to have at home. You can make Stuffed Paper Shapes for Rosh Hashanah or Woven Paper Apples.

In addition to your local temple’s services, here are some of fun, family events to celebrate Rosh Hashanah:

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Montclair Parents Concerned Over Dangerous Drivers

BY  |  Monday, Sep 15, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (23)

It seems that the Drive With Care Montclair campaign couldn’t have come at a better time. With the start of the school year and busier roads, Montclair parents have been noticing some seriously dangerous driving. Worse, it’s happening at school pick up and drop off times when children are crossing the streets.

This Montclair parent tweeted her outrage when a car drove past a stopped school bus:

And last Friday in a different part of town, several Montclair parents witnessed a driver continue to drive past a school bus which had its Stop sign out and flashing lights on as children were boarding the bus. Thankfully, one mother stepped out in front to stop the car and protected the children. She took photos, went home, and wrote an email to Police Sgt. Stephanie Egnezzo at the Traffic Bureau:

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