Kessler Foundation’s Stroll’N’Roll Raises Over $130,000

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More than 550 people of all ages and abilities took a stroll or roll around Verona Park’s picturesque lake last Sunday at Kessler Foundation’s Stroll’N’Roll fundraising event. Participants enjoyed music, dance, games, crafts, prizes, magic, and refreshments while helping to raise over $130,000.

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School of Rock Montclair’s New Adult Performance Program Will Present a Tribute to Woodstock ’69 and ‘94

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 22, 2016 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

School of Rock Montclair

Who says the kids get to have all the fun? Beginning in October, School of Rock Montclair will enroll adult singers and musicians of any age and skill level into its new Adult Performance Program, which will combine private lessons with group rehearsals. Then the participants will show off their skills in a concert in January ’17 that will feature a tribute to the music of the Woodstock Festivals from 1969 and 1994.

“Our Adult Performance Program will operate in the same manner as the Performance Programs that we offer to our regular students,” says Kevin March, General Manager at School of Rock Montclair. “Participants who are beginning singers or musicians would take private one-on-one lessons each week with our pro staff and then be part of weekly group rehearsals, which will be held on Friday evenings from 7 to 9pm. Participants with more experience can elect to just be part of the weekly group rehearsals. Our big concert that presents what the Adult Performance Program students have worked so hard to create will take place in January at a top rock venue in the Montclair area.”

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Workshop for Women 50+ Who Are Exploring What’s Next for Them

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 3:46pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Transition Network

The North-Central New Jersey Chapter of The Transition Network (TTN) will present a workshop on Women in Transition – a program about exploring new possibilities, rethinking your life or work, and expanding your networks.

The workshop will provide a framework to understand the process of transitions. It will help participants enhance skills for successfully navigating change; expand possibilities and options; create an action plan; and connect with other women 50+ in transition.

The program will be held on Saturday, September 24, from 10 am – 2:30 pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 73 South Fullerton St, Montclair, NJ 07042. The cost is $30 for TTN members and $40 for nonmembers; a light lunch is included.
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Runway Shows, Aerial Acrobatics, After-Party, and More at Montclair Fashion Night This Sunday

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Montclair Fashion Night

Montclair’s most glamorous night takes place at The Wellmont Theater this Sunday, September 25 from 4 pm – 8 pm.

The 6th annual event will have fashion, runway shows, music, dance and aerial acrobatics as well as hors d’oeuvres and tastings by Montclair restaurants and, new this year, special lounge areas.

“This is going to be the biggest Fashion Night Out ever,” said Israel Cronk, executive director of the Montclair Center BID. “We are also adding more entertainment as well as groovy lounge areas within the Wellmont Theater itself, designed by Montclair’s hippest home and lifestyle stores.”

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Certify Your Montclair Garden

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 10:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Certified Garden at 69 Grove Street.  (Photo: Montclair Community Wildlife Habitat Project)

Certified Garden at 69 Grove Street. (Photo: Montclair Community Wildlife Habitat Project)

Do you have a gorgeous garden like this one in Bloomfield? Do butterflies, birds, and wildlife flock to your flowers? Then you should consider getting your garden certified. Montclair is one of only two towns in New Jersey that are part of the 80 communities certified as a National Wildlife Federation Community Wildlife Habitat. Montclair’s certification as a Community Wildlife Habitat culminated six years of work by the Backyard Habitat Project, which succeeded in getting nearly 200 Montclair locations certified as habitats. Each home certified as a Backyard Habitat gave the Township one point towards community certification.

The National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife Program has helped people restore habitat and wildlife populations to their cities, towns and neighborhoods since 1973. The program encourages people to turn their small piece of the land — their yards and gardens — into thriving habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife.

Interested in having your garden or yard certified? Use the certification application online here to get started. The tool will ask you to provide a required number of specific elements for each of the following habitat essentials: food, water, cover, places to raise young, and sustainable practices.




Have a Samsung Galaxy Note7? NJ Transit Urges You Don’t Use it on Board or In Stations

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

note7Following safety concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note7, NJ Transit released an advisory today strongly urging all customers not to use or charge the mobile device on board trains, buses, light rail vehicles or in stations and facilities.

“We are asking our customers who have the Galaxy Note7, to simply turn it off before entering an NJ TRANSIT facility or boarding a vehicle.” said interim Executive Director Dennis Martin. “Because of the uncertainties surrounding this device, we are issuing this precautionary advisory to ensure the safety of all of our customers.”

The Samsung Galaxy Note7 has been the subject of numerous accounts of the batteries bursting into flames. Both Samsung and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission are urging owners to power down these devices and stop charging or using them.

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Montclair Public Library and Literacy Volunteers of America Provide ESOL Classes for Adults

BY  |  Monday, Sep 12, 2016 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


As part of a grant from the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Montclair Public Library (MPL) and Literacy Volunteers of America, Essex and Passaic Counties (LVA) continue to provide ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes for adult students. The grant supplies funding for three sessions through spring of 2017. Continue Reading

YMCA of Montclair To Host Open House & Family Day

BY  |  Friday, Sep 09, 2016 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

So much more than just a gym, the YMCA of Montclair is a community where members get it all for a terrific value. Take a plunge in their pools; shake it down in a Zumba® class; rack up miles on their treadmills; sculpt and tone in one of their hundreds of exercise classes; or enrich your little one’s mind with art, dance, swim, sports and music.

Photo: M.E. Stadtlander for Montclair YMCA

Photo: M.E. Stadtlander for Montclair YMCA

The YMCA of Montclair will host its Open House Week Thursday, September 15 through Sunday, September 18 at both branches.

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Sponsored: Expand Lifelong Learning and DOUBLE Your Impact!

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 08, 2016 12:30pm

Montclair Institute for Lifelong Learning

Montclair has long been recognized as a great place to live and raise a family.  Now the Montclair Institute for Lifelong Learning (MILL) is helping to build Montclair into an even greater place to grow older.  

The MILL fosters learning as a lifelong endeavor and provides adults aged 55+ with opportunities to make social connections throughout each 6-week semester. Because demand for programming greatly exceeds current supply, a Back to School Again campaign has been launched.  The goals are to meet the growing demand for classes and to keep them FREE and accessible for all.  

Gifts may be designated “wherever it’s needed most” or to one of three program areas:  The Arts, Health & Wellness, or History & Current Events.

Even better, each donation will be matched $1 for $1 by Partners for Health, doubling its impact!

Learn More / Make a Donation Online Here

To view MILL courses currently offered, visit the MILL Course Catalog

The MILL is a collaborative effort of these program partners and is part of the Lifelong Montclair aging in place initiative:




Montclair Blogger Featured in Oprah Magazine

BY  |  Saturday, Sep 03, 2016 2:53pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Chiara D’Agostino , creator of the blog Beauty Through The Beast, as featured in Oprah Magazine

Chiara D’Agostino , creator of the blog Beauty Through The Beast, as featured in Oprah Magazine

Montclair’s Chiara D’Agostino, creator of the blog Beauty Through the Beast, is featured in Oprah magazine in an article entitled “7 Real Women on the Great Things About Getting Older.”

D’Agostino talks about surviving cancer and staying strong by starting her blog. Read more here.

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