Experience Fluid Metamorphosis at Montclair’s 73 See Gallery

Monday, Jun 30, 2014 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

“Cosmic Fluid Energy”, Latex on Canvas, 60” x 36”; © Monika Smerdel

“Cosmic Fluid Energy”, Latex on Canvas, 60” x 36”; © Monika Smerdel

Montclair’s 73 See Gallery is showing Fluid Metamorphosis.

Monika’s Smerdel’s paintings are realized as she meanders between her inner world latent with personal thoughts, feelings and dreams and the external environment rich with visual stimulus (real and imagined) where color and light, texture and sound invade her day-to-day existence. Organic in feeling and approach, each layer of paint acts as a unique cell that finds presence in attaching to the fluidity that came before it.

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A Little Monet in Maplewood

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monet1On Saturday, June 28, the Maplewood Garden Club cut the ribbon on the new footbridge over the Hilton Library Rain Garden. It was a beautiful day and it’s a lovely bridge — but the reason it exists at all is a bunch of muddy footprints.

As the MGC’s Kathy Kohlman explained in her speech at the dedication ceremony, the rain garden had been built amidst the big weather events of 2011, and when the last snows cleared there were tons of muddy footprints tracking back and forth across the garden. It was meant to be a community space, but the club wanted to keep the community’s feet from trampling on the garden’s plants and flowers. Continue Reading

Great Opening Meet of the Essex Running Club Junior Track Series

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Essex Running Club Junior Track Series

The Essex Running Club held its first meet of the Junior Track Series yesterday, Sunday, June 29, at Hurrell Field in Glen Ridge. A record number of families registered their children, ages 4 – 13,  to race and it was a great event. 

What I love about the series is that is is very organized, children are split into age and gender groups, which means more heats, but less competition, and everyone is so supportive of the children competing. It’s a great lesson in competition and sportsmanship. Check out some photos from the meet below:

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NJ Spotlight: Will Chris Christie’s House of Cards Collapse?

BY  |  Monday, Jun 30, 2014 11:02am  |  COMMENTS (43)

House of CardsNJ Spotlight analyzes Christie’s chances for a presidentail run:

Looking at Gov. Chris Christie’s schedule in the days leading up to last week’s budget battle, you would think he didn’t have a care in the world as he continues to gear up for a 2016 presidential bid:

“Dad Dancing” with Jimmy Fallon, showing off the results of his “less is more” lap-band diet

Blaming Obama for Iraq in front of the Faith and Freedom Coalition in Washington

Raising money for the Republican candidate for governor in New Hampshire, the first primary state

Telling former Romney donors in Utah he isn’t “worried” about Bridgegate

Playing nine innings of “celebrity softball” in Yankee Stadium with Boomer and Carton so they can talk about it on WFAN for days. Continue Reading

Fireworks Bracelets for the Fourth of July

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Fireworks Bracelets

When you attend a Fourth of July parade, picnic, or firework show, you must dress the part. These red, white and blue fireworks bracelets are just the thing to show your patriotic spirit. Your kids will love making them too.

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Bloomfield Avenue Complete Corridor Plan Presented at Bloomfield College

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Mike DiGeronimo presents update of the Bloomfield Avenue Complete Corridor Plan.

Mike DiGeronimo presents update of the Bloomfield Avenue Complete Corridor Plan.

Members of Together North Jersey presented proposed solutions to five problematic intersections along Bloomfield Avenue as part of an update on the Bloomfield Avenue Complete Corridor Plan on June 26 at Bloomfield College’s Science Hall.

The update was provided as part of an open house/workshop meeting that was held from 5 to 8 p.m. Residents and other interested parties were invited to provide input into the possible solutions offered to improve the five intersections. The goal of the proposed changes is to make Bloomfield Avenue more supportive to everyone who uses it, including pedestrians, bicyclists, commuters and shoppers, as well as drivers. Continue Reading

Maplewoodstock 2014

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MaplewoodstockMaplewoodstock, the two-day free festival of local music and arts held in Memorial Park in Maplewood started in 2004, is back on July 12 and July 13 for another year of music, entertainment and family fun.

The Kids Zone has doubled in size with three inflatable, mini golf, a dunk tank, face paint, toys, sand art, and for the first time we are offering free games, arts and crafts, and fun demonstrations for the whole family to enjoy.

There will also be all day music with headliners such as Puss N Boots, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, and Raul Midon. And great vendors and plenty of  food!

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Photos Released of Possible Witnesses To West Orange Homicide (Updated)

BY  |  Sunday, Jun 29, 2014 10:04am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Click image to enlarge.

Update: Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura today announced that his department’s Crimestoppers cash reward offer in the shooting death of Brendan Tevlin has been increased to “up to $25,000″.

West Orange Police and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office are looking for help from the public to identify possible witnesses to the Wednesday evening homicide in West Orange. Brendan Patrick Tevlin, 19, of Livingston was found dead in his car with multiple gun shot wounds. Tevlin, who graduated last year from Seton Hall Preparatory, was a student at the University of Richmond. Continue Reading

Montclair Mom Sends Message of Thanks to Basketball Players at Tuers Park

BY  |  Sunday, Jun 29, 2014 8:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Henry on the right, with his little brother Teddy

Henry on the right, with his little brother Teddy

Montclair mom, Alexandra Schulz is very grateful for the kindness of strangers this morning. Last evening, her 5 year old son Henry had a seizure while playing at Tuers Park. His babysitter said that a group of men, who were playing basketball, went over to help.

Alexandra thanked them in person, but she says it’s not enough, and wants to share her gratitude:

Gentlemen, the help and support you have to my son and babysitter means more to me than anything. I thank you for being there, and responding and helping as fast as you did. You are good people. If you do not have kids, someday I hope you do. I think you will be wonderful and caring parents. Thank you for helping my child and putting your good energy into the world.

She adds that Henry is 100% perfect today. “I am just so grateful for the help of these sweet basketball guys.”

 

Our Favorite Parenting Tweets This Week

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Parenting TweetsOur favorite parenting tweets from this past week, many from local moms and dads:

 

 

 

 

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