Rise Montclair Returns to The Wellmont For a Morning Yoga & Dance Party

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

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Get ready to wake up, break a sweat, and bring your moves! Another Rise Montclair: Yoga and Dance Party is coming back to The Wellmont Theater on October 19.

Beginning at 6 am, Danielle Diamond, of Xen Strength Yoga, will lead you in an hour long class of yoga accompanied by live music of Dalien, a.k.a. 13 Hands. Once you’re refreshed and energized, the dancing begins! from 7 – 7:30 am, you’ll get up and dance to an upbeat movement session.

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YMCA Of Montclair To Hold Free Mental Health First Aid Trainings

BY  |  Tuesday, Oct 04, 2016 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Therapist comforting her upset patient

The YMCA of Montclair will hold trainings to help educate and support the community regarding mental health. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trainings present the risk factors and warning signs of mental health illnesses and educate participants on the proper steps to take to support a person experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis and to refer them to the professional help they may need. The first Adult MHFA training to be held on Saturday, October 15 from 9 a.m.-5:00 p.m. focuses on mental health challenges common among adults such as depression, anxiety and panic attacks, etc. The training will be held at the YMCA of Montclair, 25 Park Street in Montclair.

“This training really taught me how to help a family member who was in the midst of a mental health crisis.” said a YMCA staff member.

One in four Americans will face mental illness this year, according to the National Alliance of Mental Illness.

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Montclair PD Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

BY  |  Friday, Sep 30, 2016 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Breast Cancer Awareness MonthOfficers of the Montclair Police Department will show their support of breast cancer awareness by donning Pink badges throughout October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Dispatcher Heather Meece and Detective Kim Nelson-Edwards presented the idea to Chief Todd Conforti as a way to raise awareness and show support for survivors.

“We hope that through this initiative our department can contribute to the effort of bringing greater attention to a disease that has afflicted so many,” said Chief Conforti. “Three members of our department are themselves survivors.”

Detective Nelson-Edwards, Detective Lisa Gutauska and Juvenile Aid Bureau Secretary Tangelia Booker battled breast cancer.

Each year, the MPD forms a team to participate in a local Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. This year’s team – Team Montclair 5-0 – asks for your support in raising funds to help save more lives from breast cancer.

Donate now or join the team




Studio Air Opens in Montclair, Offers Aerial Silks Classes, Pole Dancing Instruction, and More

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Feeling like you’re stuck in a fitness rut? Take it to the air…or the pole at Studio Air, a new and unique fitness studio has opened at 180 Bloomfield Avenue (same building as the Old Mogul Theatre). The studio offers classes in Aerial Silk, Pole, and Lyra — aka an aerial hoop — as well as Aerial Yoga.

“It’s all so much fun and we are so excited to be sharing this with the Montclair community. Dancers and acrobats have for a long time utilized these techniques to increase flexibility, strength, and blood flow for energy and restoration, but up until now have been hard to find real classes for,” says Linda Tseui, owner of the studio. “Because of the way your body is trained using these methods (entire body and mind, as it engages the whole body during each move and requires so much coordination and focus)  and because it requires a very precise balance of strength and flexibility, it creates beautiful lines in your body,” adds Tsuei.

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Glen Ridge PD Seeking Volunteers for Domestic Violence Response Team

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

domestic violenceThe Glen Ridge Police Department, in conjunction with The Rachel Coalition and The Safe House, has a team of specially-trained volunteer advocates available to meet confidentially with victims of domestic violence at police headquarters 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. The volunteer advocates, who are civilian members of the community, work in conjunction with the police to provide support, information, and referrals to victims of domestic violence at police headquarters. The advocates also discuss with the victim their legal rights in regard to obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order. DVRT advocates are not trained to provide hotline services. The volunteer advocates are trained to empower victims to make decisions about their own lives.

Applicants must be 21 years of age or older, have access to transportation, be willing to serve on an on-call shift basis, and submit to background investigations and fingerprinting. The 40-hour intensive mandatory training course will be provided to successful applicants. Rachel Coalition will be conducting a training beginning October 19th, 2016 in the Montclair area.   Prior knowledge of domestic violence is not required.

The Glen Ridge Police Department and Rachel Coalition are committed to culturally diverse teams to better serve the community. Bi-lingual capability is a plus.

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

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 22, 2016 2:25pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


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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Lifelong Montclair Presents ‘A Matter of Balance’ Classes For Seniors

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 21, 2016 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Do you have concerns about falling? A Matter of Balance can help reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns those concerns. Montclair area seniors are invited to learn more about this free, eight week program on Monday, September 26 at 10:30 am at Edgemont Park House, 280 Valley Road, Montclair.

This program is hosted by Lifelong Montclair; managed by Family Connections; and funded by the Essex County Division of Senior Services and NJ Division of Aging Services.

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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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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.

Montclair To Walk Against Domestic Violence With SOFIA

BY  |  Friday, Sep 02, 2016 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

. SOFIA’s Walk Against Domestic Violence

Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (SOFIA), a non profit organization based in Montclair, provides advocacy, supportive services, and referrals for temporary housing to “at risk” women and children of domestic violence.

On September 10, from 9 am – 1 pm, SOFIA will hold its 6th Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence in Canterbury Park to raise awareness and funds for operational costs of The SOFIA Success Center, which provides year long workshops and classes, and to support the emergency needs of domestic violence victims and their families. Things such as funding a women’s expenses should they need to suddenly leave town and helping women get out of shelters to their own housing.

Cynthia Walker, Executive Director of SOFIA, is proud of the annual walk and how it’s grown. “We had approximately 30 attendees at our first event back in 2011 and each year it has grown tremendously. We hope to have over 150 attendees this year,” Walker tells Baristanet. Continue Reading

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