Monday, Aug 18, 2014 10:15am | COMMENTS (2)
Whether it’s at the door, over the phone, or through the mail, most of us are familiar with charities and advocacy groups asking us for our “likes” and signatures and money. But once we have given what we’re asked, there is very little follow-up – and even less satisfaction. Essex County CASA for Children offers you a chance for more.
With more than 2,100 children in foster care throughout Essex County, there is great need for advocacy. There are more than 1,000 foster children in Essex County who do not have a CASA advocate, and are in need of one. Becoming a CASA advocate on behalf of a foster child in Essex County allows those who donate their time a chance to see the benefit of their work first hand, and in a tangible, true way.
Karen Burns, the Executive Director for CASA-Essex, emphasizes the important role volunteers have, “Right now we are able to serve just over a quarter of the children in foster care in Essex County. With more volunteers we would have the capacity to serve many more abused and neglected children who are very much in need of a CASA Advocate.” Ms. Burns adds that there is an especially great need for male advocates. Continue Reading
The latest addition to the Montclair fashion scene is Le Willow 83. With clothing for women, men, children, and a variety of dog leashes, the boutique specializes in high quality clothing. They even have a small coffee bar behind the register for customers to sip on espresso, cappuccinos, and lattes while they shop.
Opening this past May, owner Christina Salierno studied at FIT and followed her passion for clothing. “I felt the area needed some retail since everything nearby is a restaurant and all the clothing stores are on Church Street,” says Salierno. She even designed the urban interior of the store by laying the bricks and tile, and installing the solid pine wood floors. Continue Reading
Sandy Weber has fond childhood memories of sitting at the dining room table, surrounded by beauty and family.
“I was lucky enough to grow up in a family that had Shabbat dinner on Friday nights, which included a bicker-free time period with my brother, my mom cooking really good food and my dad bringing home flowers (sooo nice!), which I helped arrange. I was also the table setter, which entailed laying out a pretty tablecloth and our best dishes. My parents entertained a lot and I was always involved in the preparations.”
Fast forward to her own family, and Weber was able to continue the tradition. “My mom had a lot to do with my interest in making a home feel pretty and loved. It happens that I hate cooking and avoid it completely, however, I married a fabulous cook, which allows me to focus on the details of making things look beautiful.”
Finding those beautiful things wasn’t always easy Weber discovered, when she became frustrated with the selection of tablecloths in retail stores. Continue Reading
Wanting to reduce water consumption in the township, Montclair is embarking on a comprehensive water conservation and efficiency program called WaterWise Montclair.
The first step is offering rain barrels to township residents at a deeply-discounted price. Retailing for around $150, the Township purchased 50-gallon “Ivy”® Rain Barrels in bulk for $72 each. To encourage their use, they will be sold for $36, saving residents over $100 on a barrel.
Montclair Sustainability Officer Gray Russell says that by conserving water more effectively, and by using more water-efficient products, our community can save money and energy, help to mitigate the effects of drought, and reduce over-consumption of our most precious natural resource.
If you are in the market for a chic outfit in Montclair, check out That Little Black Dress. Located on Glenridge Avenue, this boutique carries all the ingredients one might need for a fabulous outfit. From jeans to dresses, to jewelry, heels, handbags, and headbands, shop owner Jenna Davis has you covered from head to toe and everything in between.
An LIM graduate who studied Fashion Merchandise, Davis opened the shop this past November and describes her shop as “romantically edgy”. Offering a wide variety of styles, colors, and patterns in her fun and vibrant boutique, flannel shirts, crop tops, jeans, shorts, vests, summer dresses, and blouses are some of the items found hanging on the racks. Continue Reading
Some 300 lots will be posted to www.igavelauctions.com from July 23rd –August 6th. The galleries will be set up and open for viewing from July 28th until the sale closes, including the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd from noon to 4pm each day. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the exhibition. Continue Reading