Local Teens Earn Community Service Awards from the Junior League of Montclair-Newark, Inc.

BY  |  Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Junior League of Montclair-Newark, Inc


Congratulations to these local teens who each received a $500 scholarship and a certificate for their volunteer work from the Junior League of Montclair-Newark, Inc. They volunteered more than 1200 hours:
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CASA For Children of Essex County Needs Volunteers

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

CASA For Children of Essex CountyEach 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:

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United Way of Bloomfield Presents Tuition Scholarships to Department of Recreation 2014 Summer Camp Program

BY  |  Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bloomfield Recreation

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.

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Watchung Cooperative Preschool Moving to a New Montclair Location

BY  |  Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Watchung Cooperative Preschool The Watchung Cooperative Preschool is moving to the First United Methodist Church on North Fullerton Avenue in Montclair. The move will take place after camp finishes at the end of July, and the school will be ready for students this fall.

The school originally began in 1967 as the Watchung Church Cooperative Nursery School and was located within that church at 143 Watchung Avenue in Montclair. In the mid-70s, after a fire at the church and the sale of the property, the school was relocated to the Montclair Heights Reformed Church at 71 Mount Hebron Road. It was renamed the Watchung Cooperative Preschool and dropped its religious affiliation. Over 40 years later, the school finds itself again needing a new home. The Montclair Heights Reformed Church was recently sold to new owners, and the sale is scheduled to close this July.

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Bloomfield Park Playgrounds Get New Wood Chip Carpets

BY  |  Monday, Jul 07, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bloomfield Park Playgrounds

The Bloomfield Recreation Department and the DPW Park Maintenance Dept. continually make improvements in the municipal park system to improve aesthetics, safety and functionality of its parks. New wood chip carpet was recently blown in the playgrounds at Felton and Brookside by a local vendor. And last month, Bloomfield resident Anthony Anderson and his Boy Scout Troop performed a community service project at Clarks Pond South as part of his Eagle Scout requirement. The finished product speaks for itself!

For a listing our the Bloomfield Municipal Park System click here.


Essex County Freeholders Honor the Montclair High School Crew Team

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 02, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair High School Crew Team

During its June 25 meeting held at Montclair Town Hall, the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders honored the Montclair High School Crew Team for the third consecutive year, and for its outstanding 2014 season. The Board’s Commendations were sponsored and presented to members of the team and their coaches by District 5 Freeholder Brendan Gill of Montclair.

“Tonight’s presentation has become an annual affair. For the third year in a row, it is my pleasure to acknowledge the success of one of the newest sports at the high school”, said Freeholder Gill, “but one that has already established itself as one of the most successful in the Montclair tradition; and that is the Crew Team”, adding “and it’s always special when I’m able to honor student-athletes from my alma mater, Montclair High School.”

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First Congregational Church of Montclair Youth Group To Travel to Belize to Take Part in Service Trip

BY  |  Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

First Congregational Church of Montclair

First Congregational Church of Montclair Youth Group

Seven members of the high school youth group and their leaders from First Congregational Church of Montclair will travel to Belize on Thursday to embark on a cultural exchange and service trip. The students – Nick Duhamel of Little Falls, Loretta and Simona Graceffo of Clifton, Kayla Harney from Bloomfield, Emerson Pentecost of Bloomfield,  and Sam and Alex Urszinyi of Verona – will take part in the 10-day adventure in partnership with the Jacintoville Youth Group in Jacintoville, Belize, led by Sonia and Carlos Cucul.

Both groups of kids will tour local schools, take a tour of an organic & fair trade chocolate factory, explore Mayan Ruins in Nim Li Punit, visit the Belize Zoo, explore Blue Creek Cave, and learn Garifunan drumming, as well as participate in agricultural and community service projects during their stay. While in Belize, the youth will live with Belizean families so they can fully experience the culture, customs, and cuisine.

“This is such a unique opportunity for our group to grow spiritually and to be welcomed as strangers into a new culture,” said Senior Minister Ann Ralosky, of Montclair, who will accompany the youth on the trip.

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Glenfield Students Help Paint Mural at Miller Street Gardens in Montclair

BY  |  Sunday, Jun 22, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Mural at Miller Street Gardens

Anna Babboni, Estee Goel and Hana Ackelsberg (from right to left) , students from House Schwartz of Glenfield School, participated in a town wide mural project sponsored by Mary at See Gallery on Pine St. Students spent weeks preparing and training for this activity and painted the mural at the Miller Street Gardens on Miller Street on Friday June 20.



Essex County CASA For Children Wins National Diversity And Inclusion Award

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

rp_CASA-270x300.jpgIn Essex County, New Jersey more than 2,000 children each year pass through the foster care system due to parental abuse and neglect. For more than a quarter of a century Essex County CASA for Children has provided court-authorized advocacy services to children in the foster care system. On June 9, 2014, at the National CASA Conference in Dallas, TX, CASA-Essex received the National CASA Inclusion Award for their promotion of inclusiveness and diversity among volunteers, board members and staff.

Essex County is home to a diverse population, and CASA-Essex has consistently met the critical goal of creating a staff and volunteer corps that aptly reflects the population they serve. There are several important elements that contributed to CASA-Essex’s recognition as a standout program for inclusiveness, however, the diverse demographic of the staff and volunteers played a pivotal role. CASA volunteers are everyday citizens that judges appoint to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who have been removed from their homes due to parental abuse and neglect. Among the 236 CASA-Essex volunteers, 43% are African American, 43% are Caucasian, 14% are multi-racial, 10% are Hispanic/Latino, and 2% are Asian. Of a staff of 15, 34% are African American, 14% are Hispanic/Latino, and 54% are Caucasian.

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MADLOM Invites Families to its Peace Potluck

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 05, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


This past weekend was a big one for The Montclair Academy of Dance & Laboratory of Music and Drama (MADLOM). They held their annual end of year performance at the Westminster Arts Center at Bloomfield College on Friday and the wonderful Eric Dolphy Freedom of Sound Jazz Festival Concert, organized by Seed Artists and held at Montclair State University, honored MADLOM for their contribution to the community. MADLOM was one of two non-profit organization receiving proceeds from the event that will be used for tuition scholarships for under-served children to attend classes at MADLOM. 

The celebration continues into next week and invites the whole community.

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