Teach the Kids Some History with Sugar Free Allstars Vinyl Release of “My Daddy’s Record Collection”

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

My Daddy's Record Collection

National Record Store Day is on Saturday, April 19, and kindie rockers Sugar Free Allstars are celebrating indie stores with their first-ever vinyl 45 release of the single My Daddy’s Record Collection.

My Daddy’s Record Collection celebrates the joys of analog music, from the perspective of a young child who digs his dad’s “vinyl connection.” The song’s retro feel-good vibe reflects the vintage funky soul sound of the Sugar Free Allstars:

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More TV Equals Less Sleep for Kids

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

More TV Equals Less Sleep for Kids

Letting your kids watch too much TV could be making them tired.

A recent Pediatrics study looking at the possible impact of television on children’s sleep, found that the more television a child watches, the less sleep he/she had each night. The effects seemed to be especially pronounced in boys, compared with girls. And having a TV in the bedroom was associated with a lot less sleep for minority children, according to the Pediatrics study.

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Mayor Jackson Announces New Montclair Board of Education Members

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 11:49am  |  COMMENTS (4)

merninMayor Robert Jackson today announced his appointments to the Montclair Board of Education. 

Norman Rosenblum has stepped down after serving three years as a board member, leaving a vacant spot and the term left by former member Tanya Coke and filled by Anne Mernin, was up for appointment.

Jackson has appointed former township councilor and NJ Department of Legislative Services Director Jessica de Koninck to serve on the Board. Ms. de Koninck, a long-time Montclair resident, was also counsel for the Maplewood South Orange schools.

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Motherhood Out Loud Makes New Jersey Premiere

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

Motherhood Out LoudDreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, professional theatre in residence at the Oakes Center in Summit, is presenting the New Jersey premiere of Motherhood Out Loud, a play about parenting.

This collection of pieces about motherhood from every angle comes to Dreamcatcher fresh from its recent Off-Broadway run at Primary Stages in New York City. Both heartbreaking and hilarious, Motherhood Out Loud features the stories of fourteen writers. Utterly unpredictable, Motherhood Out Loud shatters traditional notions about parenthood, unveils its inherent comedy and celebrates the deeply personal truths that span and unite generations.

Variety called the show “Chicken Soup for the Mom,” while BackStage summed it up as “storytelling at its sweetest.”

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Go on the Montclair Bike Scavenger Hunt

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bike Scavenger Hunt


Save the date! On May 18 Bike&Walk Montclair and Diamond Cycle invite families to participate in the first ever Montclair Bike Scavenger Hunt!

Solve all the clues and you’ll be entered to win the $1,000 Cash Grand Prize or one of our other prizes, including a new Cannondale bicycle or jet simulator ride valued at $2,500.

The Bike Scavenger Hunt is not a race. It’s a family-friendly event with additional fun activities throughout the day at Lackawanna Plaza, which will be closed to cars throughout the event.

Here’s how it works:

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Happy Passover

BY  |  Monday, Apr 14, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Barista Kids wishes those celebrating a happy and joyous Passover!

For your listening pleasure– ”Seder Plate” by The Macaroons. And don’t forget about Chozen!



Easter Round-Up 2014

BY  |  Monday, Apr 14, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Easter is this Sunday, April 20. We’ve put together a round-up of our Easter stories through the years. We also have a great Everything Easter board on Pinterest that has great food, crafts and decor ideas. Be sure to check it out!

Here is our Easter Round up of events, crafts, recipes, and more:

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Celebrate Mother Earth at Family Celebrations

BY  |  Monday, Apr 14, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

earth dayThe first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement.

Earth Day 2014 is on April 26 and there are many local family events to celebrate our planet:


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Jenkinson’s Annual 2 for 1 Ride Ticket Sale Next Weekend

BY  |  Sunday, Apr 13, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Jenkinson’s Boardwalk

Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant is a Jersey Shore must with kids. There is Boardwalk food to enjoy, games to spend all your money on, a fun Aquarium and many rides for thrills!

Every year around Easter, Jenkinson’s holds a 2 For 1 Ride Ticket Sale. If you plan to take the kids down to Point Pleasant this summer, and you should, this deal is worth it:

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Warmer Weather = School Dress Code Violations

BY  |  Saturday, Apr 12, 2014 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (9)

dress codeWarmer weather brings flowers, sunny days, and less clothing. And less clothing often causes schools to deal with dress code violations. Typically, it’s girls who get the violations because the rules are against length of shorts and skirts. Other than boys wearing saggy shorts and jeans revealing their underwear, the violations sway towards girls. Sexist? Some parents think so. Recently a school in Illinois banned leggings for being “too distracting to boys” to be fit for the classroom.”

This week, I followed several Facebook discussions of Montclair Glenfield Middle School parents complaining that their daughters were made to change for what teachers/administrators felt were too short shorts, while the parents thought they were “modest” and appropriate. Some parents said that their daughters were told they couldn’t wear leggings or knee socks as well.

We reached out to Dr. Joseph Putrino, principal of Glenfield School for clarification:

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