Montclair Health Department To Offer Free Health Clinics and Screenings

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 1:15pm  |  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 (Screening Access of Value to Essex Women & Men) to provide free health screenings.

The program eligibility criteria includes:
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Kessler Foundation in Need of Volunteers For Multiple Sclerosis Research Study

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Kessler FoundationThe Kessler Foundation, a nonprofit organization in West Orange, works to improve the lives of people with disabilities through world-class research on multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and other chronic health conditions.

The organization is currently looking for healthy volunteers to serve as a control group in a research study designed to help people with Multiple Sclerosis. Participants will be compensated for their time.

Participants are eligible if:

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Bike&Walk Montclair Announces the Return of the Tour de Montclair

BY  |  Monday, Aug 22, 2016 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

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Bike&Walk Montclair is bringing back the Tour de Montclair! The organization held its last Tour in 2012 — the 10th anniversary of the event — and took a few years off to focus on community initiatives. The organization’s signature event will be held on Sunday, October 2, in Montclair Center.

The family-friendly bike ride will have 12- and 6-mile options, taking riders through the four wards of Montclair, highlighting sights that are difficult to notice by car. The Tour de Montclair will begin and end on Glenridge Avenue. The ride’s finish will be celebrated at an Open Streets Festival presented in partnership with the Township of Montclair, and the Montclair Center BID.

Bike&Walk Montclair is responding to an outpouring of requests from the community for the ride’s return. Over 1,000 participants have participated in prior years, and this year’s Tour de Montclair promises to be a memorable celebration. The ride’s theme is “Streets Are for Everyone,” showcasing BWM’s belief that biking and walking should be easy and safe choices for all.
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Dancing (and Running) With the Montclair Stars

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 10, 2016 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Andrea Mariscal and Vesko Matakov

Montclair couple Andrea Mariscal and Vesko Matakov are professional ballroom dancers. The dancers, who practice six hours or more a day, frequently compete abroad — they’ve competed in London, Holland, and many other European cities. Andrea says they are very honored to represent the United States at these international competitions, however, the cost of travel adds up. They have organized a Run-A-Thon to support their sport.

The Run-A-Thon will take place at Anderson park on August 27, beginning at 10 am. Participants can run or walk laps and get supporters to pledge a dollar amount per lap (one complete loop around Anderson Park) to raise funds for Andrea and Vesko.

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Sisters & Survivors Portrait Series Project

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 8:45am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Photo of Chiara D’Agostino (right), creator of the blog Beauty Through The Beast, with her sister Mary, taken in the home they grew up in in Montclair, NJ.

Chiara D’Agostino (right), creator of the blog Beauty Through The Beast, with her sister Mary, taken in the home they grew up in in Montclair. Photo by Carey Kirkella.

Photographer Carey Kirkella lost her sister to breast cancer in 2013. “Renee was forty years old, and only diagnosed a short four months earlier. My sister and I were very different from each other but we shared a special bond,” says Kirkella. “Especially as a documentary photographer, I’ve found myself wishing I had at least one portrait of just the two of us together as adults that succeeded in capturing our different personalities, and the unique connection that we shared, she adds.

Kirkella decided to create the Sisters & Survivors portrait series project, where at least one sister is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer or is a breast cancer survivor. The portraits, along with text, will be made across the United States, inclusive of different races, nationalities and socioeconomic demographics, and will form the basis for a self-published book, Sisters & Survivors.

If you are located in the NYC area, living with breast cancer, and would like to schedule a portrait session with your sister(s), email Kirkella here.




The Arc of Essex County Opens New Group Home in Roseland

BY  |  Sunday, Aug 07, 2016 3:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

 Pictured (L-R): Ben Proce, Member of The Arc of Essex County Board of Directors and Partner, PwC; John Duthie, Mayor of Roseland; Linda Lucas, CEO of The Arc of Essex County; Joe DiVincenzo, Essex County Executive; George Serio, Jr., Director of the Essex County Division of Housing and Community Development. Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, John Duthie, Mayor of Roseland, and George Serio, Jr., Director of the Essex County Division of Housing and Community Development join The Arc of Essex County’s CEO Linda Lucas and member of the Board of Directors and Partner at PwC Ben Proce for the ribbon cutting ceremony of The Arc’s newest group home in Roseland. Essex County, the Townships of Roseland, and PwC, along with the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities, Catholic Human Services, and Ralph M. Cestone Foundation contributed funds towards the acquisition, renovations, and furnishings of the new group home.

Pictured (L-R): Ben Proce, Member of The Arc of Essex County Board of Directors and Partner, PwC; John Duthie, Mayor of Roseland; Linda Lucas, CEO of The Arc of Essex County; Joe DiVincenzo, Essex County Executive; George Serio, Jr., Director of the Essex County Division of Housing and Community Development. 

The Arc of Essex County hosted an Open House at its newest group home for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Roseland on August 4. More than 35 neighbors, funders, government officials, and family and friends attended, including Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo and Mayor of Roseland John Duthie.

The open house follows nearly a year of renovations and served as an opportunity to welcome the new residents home. The Arc recognized the individuals and organizations who made the acquisition, renovations, and furnishing possible including Essex County Division of Housing and Community Development, the Township of Roseland, New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities, PwC, Catholic Human Services, and Ralph M. Cestone Foundation.



Santa Claus Visits Clara Maass Medical Center to Celebrate Christmas in July

BY  |  Friday, Jul 29, 2016 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Despite 90-degree temperatures, the patients and staff of Clara Maass Medical Center were treated to Christmas in July with a jolly visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, a tradition that began in 1991. The duo, better known as John and Joyce Wolf, from Kearny, N.J., delivered presents and joy to pediatric patients and newborns in the Maternity unit. Mr. Wolf says that both children and adults appreciate his visits that occur annually in both July and January.

Women’s Empowerment Week Continues through July 31

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 27, 2016 1:47pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Women’s Empowerment Week

Picture (l-r): Councilwoman Robin Schlager, Larry Slous (President of Family Service League), Councilman William Hurlock, Mayor Jackson, Christine Ferro-Saxon (Exec Director of SAVE of Essex), and Peggy Cafferty (End Rape Culture Film Producer)

Women’s Empowerment Week continues through July 31, raising awareness and funds for SAVE of Essex County.

The Montclair BID stepped in to help out by designating the week of July 25 as Women Empowerment Week to educate the community about this very necessary program. In addition to getting local businesses involved, there was a kick off event fundraiser at the Clubhouse last night.

Other events in support of this week are:

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Memory Loss Seminar in Montclair Tomorrow

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

purple-ribbon6Alzheimer’s New Jersey, in conjunction with the Montclair Health Department’s Lifelong Montclair program, will host a free memory loss seminar tomorrow, Wednesday, July 27, from 1 – 1:30 pm at Edgemont Park House (280 Valley Road, Montclair).

Memory loss that disrupts everyday life is not a normal part of aging. This program explores the difference between normal age-related memory changes and abnormal changes that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, including some of the common warning signs. Continue Reading

Women’s Empowerment Week: Intrepid Gym Fundraiser for SAVE of Essex

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016 2:19pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


In support of Women’s Empowerment Week, Intrepid Gym of Montclair will be fundraising for SAVE of Essex at all 7 p.m. classes from July 25-28 and July 30. SAVE of Essex, a program of Family Service League, is the state’s designated rape care center for Essex County and is in danger of closing from an acute funding shortage. Intrepid Gym, located on Bloomfield Avenue, offers high intensive training and spin classes.

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YES!!! My favorite local event!!! Great news!!! Thank You to all who worked to make this possible!!

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