Montclair Kimberley Academy Students Helping to Fight Hunger

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Partners for Health Foundation

Montclair Kimberley Academy juniors Joe Amato and Ben Rapsas have teamed up with the Partners for Health Foundation to fight hunger.

The young men enlisted more than a dozen peers to join them in a Food Run that was held on Sunday, April 6.  Each runner/walker raised funds and traversed a 5K route outlined by an MKA Cross Country coach.  The course began in Brookdale Park, then went through Montclair and ended at the Salvation Army, which is the recipient of all funds raised.

Thanks to a new matching grants program for the Fight Hunger the Healthy Way Campaign, Partners for Health is matching every dollar raised by this Food Run.  The teens raised $2,200, which means the Salvation Army will receive a check for $4,400.

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Let’s Play Ball: Baseball Program For Children With Disabilities

BY  |  Saturday, Apr 05, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

baseballThe Montclair Baseball and Softball Club is offering a recreational baseball program for children with physical and intellectual disabilities beginning in May.

The program is open to boys and girls ages 5 – 15. Sessions will be held on Saturday mornings from 9 am – 10:30 am. For more information, email Steve Singer.





Bloomfield High School Bengal Music Department District Jazz Festival

BY  |  Friday, Apr 04, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

bloomfield district jazz festivalThe Bloomfield High School Bengal Music Department will hold a District Jazz Festival on Tuesday, April 8, at the Bloomfield High School Auditorium. The concert will start at 7:30 and is free and open to the public.

“The District Jazz Festival is always one of my favorite events of the year,” said Brendan Hughes, director, BHS Marching Band and Jazz Band. “The talent of the student musicians is really impressive—and to have the High School and Middle School groups performing in one night is a great treat.”

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Union Cong Weekday Nursery School’s Eco-Friendly Pet

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 02, 2014 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Union Cong Weekday Nursery School

Lunchtime at Union Cong Weekday Nursery School offered a fun, new experience for the 3 year old class.  The children began noticing the interesting materials that contained their food and drink, so the teachers and students decided to collect the caps,bottles, plastic bags and aluminum foil to create.

In  group circle they brainstormed and voted on whether to make a train, truck, tree or pig. The pig won! After thourough research at the school library, they sculpted with paper mache then detailed their creature with the recycled lunch pieces. The kids shared ideas during circle and voted again to name our new pet — Lunchbox!



Award-winning Author and Illustrator Floyd Cooper Visited Cicely L. Tyson School in East Orange

BY  |  Monday, Mar 31, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Floyd Cooper

The students of Cicely L. Tyson Elementary School in East Orange were visited by award-winning author and illustrator Floyd Cooper this month, and the excitement is still palpable.

Floyd Cooper introduced the students to his special technique, which he refers to as the “subtractive process”, whereby he uses an eraser to create the picture by removing paint from the painting. The students were on the edge of their seats while Mr. Cooper pulled and stretched and reused his eraser until the face of a man emerged from the canvas. Not only did Mr. Cooper offer insight into the artistic process, he also shared with the students some valuable life lessons, and detailed his own journey through the professional art world.

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Newark’s Oliver Street School Wins Big in National Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest

BY  |  Sunday, Mar 30, 2014 1:27pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Oliver Street School

Oliver Street School’s STEM students with STEM teacher James Intrabartolo (far left), Principal Doug Petty (right of Superintendent Anderson) and Assistant Superintendent Mitchell Center (furthest right).

Oliver Street Elementary School, part of the Newark Public School District, has been named one of five winners in the nationwide Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest, which challenges students to apply STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) solutions to problems facing their local communities. The Oliver Street students’ project, Guarding the Water Supply, focuses on cleaning the polluted Passaic River, which runs through their city. The school has won$140,000 in technology for the school, which will be used to further develop their river project as well as to enhance and expand the school’s existing STEM program.

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Pinwheels for National Child Abuse Prevention Month in Verona

BY  |  Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Pinwheels for Prevention

L-R: Federation Secretary, Lorri Caffrey with her daughter, Kelley Caffrey; Verona Junior’s Second Vice President, Christine McGrath; Verona Junior’s President, Kristen Donohue; Mayor Bob Manley; Charlie Crinion and Hannah Crinion

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Junior Woman’s Club of Verona is partnering with Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey for the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign.  This campaign offers citizens, businesses and community groups an opportunity to make a difference for the children in their neighborhood by purchasing a pinwheel or “cyber” pinwheel.  Every child deserves a happy, healthy and safe childhood.

“Pinwheels remind us of carefree, happy childhoods,” explains Lorri Caffrey of the Junior Woman’s Club. “They are a visible symbol of the kind of childhood every kid deserves.”

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Local Kids Win in 2014 USA Taekwondo New Jersey State Championships

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Master Damian Harley with the winning kids

Master Damian Harley with the winning kids

Congratulations to students from Universal Martial Arts School who took home medals in the 2014 USA Taekwondo New Jersey State Championships!

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Junior League of Montclair-Newark Participated in Read Across America

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 3:01pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

 Junior League of Montclair-Newark

The Junior League of Montclair-Newark recently participated in Read Across America, the annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate on the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss, at the Montclair Child Development Center.

Purim Fun with J Connection Montclair Area

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

 children participating in the interactive program Lickity Splickity Loves Purim

Twenty-five children and their families gathered together with J Connection Montclair Area at the Geyer Family YMCA on Sunday, March 9 to celebrate Purim!

Children and their parents enjoyed participating in the interactive show “Lickity Splickity Loves Purim” with puppeteer Jennifer Levine as they helped tell the story of Purim, sang songs, had a costume parade and of course ate delicious hamentaschen!

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