YMCA of Montclair Offering Free Diabetes Self Management Program

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DiabetesAccording to the Center for Disease Control, two out of every five Americans will develop Type 2 diabetes at some point in their lives. That means over 15,000 Montclair residents will develop Type 2 diabetes.

As a service to the community, the YMCA of Montclair’s Park Street Branch is offering a free Diabetes Self Management Program for people living with Type 2 Diabetes and their families for six weeks on Thursday nights beginning July 9 at 5 pm.

The classes are facilitated by trained and certified leaders. Each class is two hours. Classes cover:

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July is Parks and Recreation Month in Essex County

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 01, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Get ready for a month-long schedule of activities to celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month in Essex County!

With the theme “Wellness on the Waterfront,” locals can enjoy  yoga demonstrations, concerts, movies, and arts and crafts at the Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex in July—all for free.

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. believes that National Park and Recreation Month is the perfect opportunity to highlight the beauty of Essex County’s open spaces and the positive impact they have on our wellness and quality of life. “The area overlooking the Orange Reservoir provides a beautiful and unique spot to host a diverse lineup of activities to exercise, entertain and inspire you. We invite the public to celebrate with us and look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events,” DiVincenzo said.

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Macy’s Essex Green Closing, Reopening As Macy’s Backstage

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 01, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Macy's Backstage

The Macy’s at Essex Green Shopping Center in West Orange is getting a makeover and will reopen as a Macy’s Backstage, a smaller off-price store, in fall 2015.

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Montclair Residents, Officials Continue Discussing Redevelopment of Lackawanna Plaza Area

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 01, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (9)

Montclair Planning Director Janice Talley at the June 30 Lackawanna Plaza redevelopment community meeting

Montclair Planning Director Janice Talley at the June 30 Lackawanna Plaza redevelopment community meeting

The June 30 meeting on the plans for redeveloping the Lackawanna Plaza area, hosted by Fourth Ward Councilor Renée Baskerville, was meant to address concerns about traffic and pedestrian circulation into the area that the township of Montclair is hoping to revitalize.  There was some of that—Laura Torchio, project coordinator of Eat . . . Play . . . Live . . . Better, and Township Engineer  Kim Craft were on hand to provide suggestions and proposals—but Dr. Baskerville and her panel were also confronted with  questions about the possible costs of a new municipal complex and the need to preserve local stores.  The panel, which included Torchio, Craft, Planning Director Janice Talley, Councilor-at-Large Rich McMahon and architect Ira Smith, who is consulting the township on the redevelopment process,  also had to reassure residents that the Pathmark grocery store would remain in place.

Talley opened the meeting with a recapitulation of the process so far.  She noted that the participants in the public meeting on the Lackawanna Plaza area earlier in the month identified numerous areas for improving it, and she cited the five basic areas of interest identified—housing and land use, architectural design, mobility, sustainability and community amenities—that she says will be factored into any final plan.  She said she hopes to produce a first draft of a plan by September, with a final plan based on community input by the end of the year.  Talley also made it clear that she doesn’t want the process to go on too long.

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The Key to a Stress-Free Commute on Getaway Thursday: Clever Commute’s FIVE T’s

BY  |  Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

nj transitHave plans to travel for the July 4th weekend? Joshua Crandall, the founder and CEO of the Clever Commute online service, has compiled a helpful a guide for commuters planning on exiting NYC (via public transit) on the so-called getaway day—Thursday—called the Five T’s:

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Governor Christie Makes it Official: He’s Running For President

BY  |  Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (9)

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This morning in Livingston—his high school alma mater—New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie officially launched his 2016 presidential campaign.

“I will run a campaign that won’t worry about what is popular, but what is right. What is right is what will fix America.”

He joins 13 other Republicans to declare a presidential candidacy.



Sweet Calico Cat at Cameron Animal Hospital in Need of a Family

BY  |  Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Cameron Animal Hospital

Looking for a kitten to adopt? A sweet calico cat at Cameron Animal Hospital, located at 417 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair, is in need of a family:

Tozzi is a sweet and tender 3-year-old calico at Cameron Animal Hospital who needs a home of her own. She is very curious and affectionate, and plays well with other cats. She would make a great addition to a home with an active family.

Interested in meeting Tozzi? Call Cameron Animal Hospital at 973-744-2052 or email here. You can also check out the other cats and kittens available for adoption by visiting cameron.petfinder.com, or stopping by the hospital for its Kitten Adoption Event on Sunday, July 12, between 12-4 pm.



Le French Week Brings Music, Food, & Festivities to New Jersey

BY  |  Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


For one week in July, New Jersey goes French. Between July 6 – 14, which is Bastille Day (France’s Independence Day) Le French Week will offer fun events celebrating all things French. There are many events throughout NJ—from French charades and desserts in Hoboken to a night out at L’Occitane en Provence in Paramus—but lucky for us, there are great events in Baristaville!

Here are your local Le French Week events:

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Pitty Rescue, Inc. to Hold Summer Yard Sale Fundraiser in July 11

BY  |  Monday, Jun 29, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

PRI YardSale 6.2015Pitty Rescue, Inc., a charitable nonprofit rescue organization, is holding a summer yard sale to help raise funds for the dogs currently residing in its two rescue locations of New Jersey and North Carolina. The summer yard sale will take place on Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12, 2015 from 9 am to 3 pm both days at Paradise Pet Store, located at 48 West Passaic Avenue in Bloomfield.

Pitty Rescue is asking for donations of clean, functional and appropriate items for resale prior to the yard sale. Donated items can be dropped off at Paradise Pet Store during regular business hours. Please refrain from donating clothes or tiny knick-knacks for the yard sale.

“We appreciate all the donations and support from our friends in the community who help the animals at Pitty Rescue and other rescues in need,” remarked Gina Ugaro, co-chair of the yard sale and Acting Operations Lead For North East. “Every donation counts and every dollar goes towards the care and supplies for the dogs.”

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South Orange Summer Nights “Taste the Music” at Flood’s Hill

BY  |  Monday, Jun 29, 2015 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

South Orange Summer Nights

Wednesday nights at Flood Hill in South Orange are the place to be. For twenty years, Free Concerts in the Park has entertained families and visitors to South Orange each Wednesday night in July. Now under a new name, with expanded opportunities for fun, South Orange Summer Nights presents “Taste the Music”–concerts, food trucks, and activities for kids and families.

The music, featuring an exciting line-up of some of today’s top performers in soul, reggae, pop, rock ‘n roll and more begins at 7:30 pm and is free to attend, no tickets required. In the event of inclement weather, all events will be canceled.

“Taste the Music” schedule:

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This thug pretending to be a leader needs to rethink his political career. A sustained thrashing in the polls may force him to do just that. "President Christie"? Are you kidding? Only "President Donald" would trump that.

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