Surefire Strategies to Help You Stay Fit Through the Holiday Season

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Strategies to Help You Stay Fit Through the Holiday

The holiday season is among us and with that comes, turkey, stuffing, pies, latkes, Kugel, Sufganiot, ham, cookies, and did we mention pies? Add wine, cocktails, eggnog and champagne and by the new year, you’ve packed on extra pounds, inevitably resolving to lose weight. But that’s not going to be you this year, my friend. We’ve reached out to the area’s top fitness trainers for their strategies for staying fit through the holiday season.

These helpful tips offer small changes to keep you on track, while still enjoying holiday fare:

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Montclair Offers Flu Shot Clinic on November 17

BY  |  Friday, Nov 14, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

fluAfter a brief delay in shipment, the Montclair Health Department will offer a flu immunization clinic on Monday, November 17 from 3 – 6 pm at Montclair Municipal Building (1st Floor Council Chambers), 205 Claremont Avenue.

In addition to the adult vaccination clinics, this year, the Health Department will be vaccinating children ages 11 and older. Minors must be accompanied by their parent.

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An Actress Unmasks Mental Illness

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 05, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

geller1When you hear about actors giving back and helping others, it’s usually after they’ve tripped into the bright lights of fame, but West Orange native Catherine Geller is starting her career by extending a helping hand.

Geller is 20 years old and currently a student at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts and doing advanced film and TV training at Stonestreet Studios. In addition, the Glen Ridge High School alum is one of the founders of the Unmasked Theatre Company, which has a firm mission: “To use elements of musical theatre for social change. We hope to reach a mainstream audience through shattering pre-conceived notions surrounding mental illness while unmasking the inner battles that occur beneath the surface.”

It’s a mission Geller came to the hard way—she struggled with an eating disorder for many years, and her experience led her to put her art in the service of telling stories that are often hidden under layers of shame and confusion. It’s a big goal, and Unmasked isn’t going about it in a small way. Continue Reading

Baristanet Guide to Local Nail Salons

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 10:38am  |  COMMENTS (6)

nails & bodywork

A manicure and pedicure are relatively budget-friendly ways to treat yourself. Well-groomed fingers and toes are important accessories to your overall appearance and you get the added bonus of a stress-reducing massage. 

We visited several local salons ourselves (job perk) and asked locals for their favorites, to put together our guide to the area’s best nail salons:

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Montclair Breast Center Announces 100 Percent Early Diagnosis of Breast Cancer

BY  |  Monday, Oct 27, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (3)

Montclair Breast Center

Dr. Gail Quackenbush, MBC Radiologist / Breast Imager

The national average for early diagnosis of breast cancer in all women is just 85.5 percent, which is why the recent announcement by the Montclair Breast Center that it has reached 100 percent early diagnosis of breast cancer is exceptional.

Between June 2011 and June 2014, 100% of Montclair Breast Center’s established patients — those having consecutive annual screening mammograms performed there – who were found to have breast cancer were diagnosed at the most treatable Stage 0, Stage 1 and very rarely Stage 2.

Those numbers are significant, since the American Cancer Society states that “most doctors feel that early detection tests for breast cancer save thousands of lives each year, and that many more lives could be saved if even more women and their health care providers took advantage of these tests.”

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FELIS Fitness Free Demos at St. James Church

BY  |  Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 4:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

FELISStarting in November, FELIS Fitness will be partnering with St. James Episcopal Church at 581 Valley Rd. in Upper Montclair to present ‘FELIS/STJ’, a twice-weekly group class based on the principles of Flexibility, Energy, Life, Inspiration and Strength.

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Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Center Spinning Fundraiser Tomorrow at Montclair’s Athletic Genius

BY  |  Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 2:50pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

athelticConnie Dwyer offers Community Outreach & Free Mammograms for anyone over the age of 40 in the entire Essex County Area.

When: Sunday, October 26th 1pm

Where: athleticgenius Cycling & Fitness Studio, 695 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair (in the old Luna Stage building)

What: Last minute sign-ups any donation of $25 is appreciated. Children over the age of 11 are welcome to attend with parents. Spin to fun music…enjoy special give aways. Continue Reading

Go Take A Hike in Essex County

BY  |  Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 11:02am  |  COMMENTS (0)


If lacing up your boots and exploring the beauty of Jersey’s great outdoors is something you enjoy, you’re in luck. There are many local hiking trails to explore and the fall foliage makes them a true gem this time of year:

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Eat. Play. Live…Better Now Has a Much Better Website

Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 10:10am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Eat. Play. Live... BetterSince the Partners for Health Foundation launched the Eat. Play. Live… Better initiative in 2011, the community-wide initiative has supporting policy, system and environmental changes to promote a healthier way of life. Eat. Play Live… Better educates and offers resources for everything from healthier and more accessible food choices, fitness, safer streets, and more for all ages in our community. 

The organization has just made it much easier to eat, play and live better with its new, well designed website. Now you can find resources, tips, and event information in one spot. Learn more and even get involved through the website.



Wellness Celebrated In Brookdale Park

BY  |  Monday, Oct 13, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Health and wellness for the body, mind and spirit was the theme of yesterday’s “Wellness in the Park Festival” in Brookdale Park, Bloomfield. Sunny skies and warm autumn temperatures enhanced the experience as visitors strolled paths lined with booths and tables of vendors offering healthy food and snacks, fitness advice and fun activities for kids and adults including photo ops and autographs from stars of the NY Red Bulls and NJ Jackals. Throughout the day there were free lectures and classes, fitness demonstrations and live music.

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Featured Comment

I think it's great to have another convenient option in the neighborhood. I wonder what size trucks will be going down this partly residential street and how often? It is a moderately quiet street, and will see at least a little more traffic. At least it's certainly prettier than what is there now!

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