On Your Mark, Get Set, Go and Register for the 34th Montclair Run!

BY  |  Tuesday, May 03, 2016 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Run

The YMCA of Montclair and the Montclair Recreation Department will sponsor the 34th annual Montclair Run on Sunday, June 5. It’s a fun family day to benefit the community. The event features a 2 mile fun run/walk and a 10K (6.2 mile) road race. In addition to the races, there will be a health and wellness fair, sports massages, music, activities for kids, and a moonwalk.

The Montclair Run is a great way for everyone to kick off the start of the summer. More than 1,400 runners, walkers, volunteers, and spectators of all ages are expected to participate.

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Montclair Health Department To Offer Free Women’s Health Screenings

BY  |  Monday, May 02, 2016 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

One Year/One Minute: A New Jersey Woman's Breast Cancer StoryThe Montclair Health Department, along with the Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School S.A.V.E Program, will offer free women’s health screenings on May 25 for Essex County residents who meet the following criteria: Age 21 or over, Uninsured, and Limited Income – (2016 Federal Poverty Guidelines)

They will offer the following screenings:

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Women’s Confidential: An Evening of Indulgence & Luxury at Bangz Salon & Wellness Spa

BY  |  Monday, Apr 18, 2016 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Bangz Salon & Wellness Spa in Montclair invites local women to “Women’s Confidential,” a luxurious affair for the everyday woman on Monday, April 25.

This much anticipated annual event is a “girl’s night out” for a great cause. This year, proceeds rasied fomr raffles and donations will go to Diva For A Day Foundation, a national non-profit organization that recognizes the benefits of a day to escape from the daily stresses a woman will face while dealing with a cancer diagnosis. So gather up your best girlfriends and prepare for a fabulous night of live music, food, chocolates, gorgeous jewels, organic wine tasting, massage, skin care, makeup, diet plans and all things beauty! Sample spa services will be provided along with local restaurants providing food sampling.  The first 50 people to arrive will be receiving a gift bag at the door!

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Tapping Your Inner Wisdom: The Insight Project

BY  |  Sunday, Apr 17, 2016 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

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Work, kids, smartphones, streaming & binge watching…. If you often feel like you are not connected in a highly connected world,  you’re not alone. From the moment we wake up, we’re on the move, rarely pausing to reflect, In today’s world, it’s quite difficult to be mindful.

Two local women, Beth Hart and Maureen Connolly, have created The Insight Project to help.

Inspired after attending a workshop on The Three Principles of Mind, Consciousness and Thought, Hart shared her experience with Connolly and invited her to attend a workshop. “I went in blindly and wasn’t expecting anything to change,” says Connolly, but she says what she learned deeply impacted her life. Hart and Connolly decided to become practitioners after finding that the principles they learned were helping them to live a happier and fuller life. “I became much more responsive, rather than reactive,” says Connolly.

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“The Chemo Files” Podcast Wins Award For Cancer Reporting

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 12, 2016 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Last summer, after being disgnosed with breast cancer, Debbie Galant, who left Baristanet in 2012 to head up NJ News Commons, started sharing her story on The Chemo Files, a podcast she created with her son Noah Levinson. Continue Reading

Montclair Family Selected as NJ’s Walk MS Ambassadors, Watchung Deli Creates Sandwich in Their Name

BY  |  Monday, Apr 11, 2016 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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In 2007, Joel Greengrass of Montclair received a diagnosis of Relapse Remitting Multiple Sclerosis. His family — his wife Carla and three children —were devastated. A year later, Carla spotted some information about a MS walk happening at a local park and registered the family as Team Greengrass, with their oldest daughter Aly leading as the captain. That decision changed their lives.

“Starting Team Greengrass helped us to make sense of this unexpected curve ball and gives us a voice and a purpos,” says Carla. “Participating as a family and as a community  turned one of the darkest moments in our lives into an empowering and inspiring experience.”

Year by year, Team Greengrass and its presence at Walk MS have grown by leaps and bounds. Since 2008, they have raised an excess of $213,000 thru Walk MS, Bike MS and MuckFest, helping to support and further the incredible work being done by the Society.

This year, to honor their efforts,  Team Greengrass was named selected as New Jersey’s Walk MS Ambassadors for 2016!

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Upper Montclair Boxing Club: A New Gym With Punch

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 31, 2016 3:46pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Upper Montclair Boxing ClubThe Upper Montclair Boxing Club, a boxing and movement studio dedicated to specialized personal and group training, has opened and will host an Open House this Saturday, April 2 from 10 am – 12 pm.

UMBC is founded by Ian Bate, a former member of the U.K. Olympic Boxing Team, Regional U.K. Champion and Hong Kong Champion, who moved to Montclair four years ago. Bate is passionate about boxing, its art and its ability to make a positive impact on the lives of people who practice from kids to adults. Bate has also partnered with NJAPE, an awarded inclusive movement organization that provides direct sports and fitness training for adults and kids with and without disabilities, and currently has 5 clients with special needs who train with him. 

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Rise Montclair: Yoga & Dance Party at The Wellmont on April 20

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 29, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Rise Montclair

Get ready to wake up, break a sweat, and bring your moves!  Rise Montclair: a morning yoga + dance party mash up is coming to The Wellmont Theater on Wednesday, April 20.

Beginning at 5:30 am, Omni Kitts Ferrara, owner of Yoga Mechanics, will lead you in an hour long class of yoga.

“I am proud and excited to teach the Yoga class portion. My class with be open to every level practitioner, including families. We will move and sweat and connect to our breath, bodies and brains. Students can expect to feel empowered and ready to RISE and meet the day,” says Kitts Ferrara. Continue Reading

Lace Up Your Running Shoes And Join the YMCA of Montclair

BY  |  Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


The YMCA of Montclair is hosting a couple of running events this spring:

  • YMCA of Montclair is offering a training program for all levels of runners and run/walkers. Starting Monday, March 28, the group will meet on Mondays at 6:45 pm, Wednesdays at 6:15 pm, and Saturdays at 8:30 am. The fee is $75 for YMCA members and $100 for non-members, and includes the entry fee for the Montclair Run 10k on June 5. All runs leave from the YMCA of Montclair, 25 Park Street, unless instructed otherwise.

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St. Cassian 5K Run to Launch at Brookdale Park

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016 3:44pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Essex County runners and their families will get an early-season chance to gauge their speed at the first annual St. Cassian’s 5K on Saturday, April 9 in Brookdale Park.

Beginning at 9 a.m., the 5K will travel approximately three laps around Brookdale Park’s inner loop. Medals will be awarded for top-three overall finishers by gender and age group – 14 and younger; 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70-plus. Race results will be available at www.compuscore.com.

Runners of all ages can sign up for a 1-mile fun run that starts at 8:30 a.m. and consists of one lap around the inner loop. All Fun Run entrants will be awarded participation ribbons. Continue Reading

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