Montclair “Stoop Time” Returns for a 5th Year

BY  |  Tuesday, May 24, 2016 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

stoop timesThe Montclair Health Department will once again partner with Leah Johnston-Rowbotham, MS, APRN, BC to facilitate a Stoop Time group for Montclair residents. Stoop Time is a place for “mature” women to discuss the ups and downs of life throughout its different phases with a small group of others who are experiencing similar changes.

The Department will host one Stoop group which will meet for five weeks on Friday mornings, at 11 am, beginning June 3 and continuing through July 1. Sessions will be held at the Edgemont Park House, Valley Road, Montclair.

Some women may be experiencing a loss of a significant other, others may have lost a pet, a neighborhood, a job, a familiar home, adult children moving away or other changes in life. Robotham notes that Stoop Time can help one feel less isolated in the happenings of everyday life.

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Dr. Jeanine Downie Offers Free Skin Cancer Screenings May 19 at Red Cross in Montclair

BY  |  Sunday, May 08, 2016 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Skin Cancer ScreeningsIn honor of Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month Dr. Jeanine Downie, a board certified cosmetic dermatologist at Image Dermatology in Montclair, will visit the American Red Cross in Montclair to perform her annual free skin cancer screenings on May 19.

Dr. Jeanine Downie urges community residents to become more aware of changes in skin lesions and is encouraging community members to schedule an appointment for a free skin cancer screening for Thursday, May 19 between 7 – 9 pm at the Red Cross office located at 63 Park Street in Montclair.

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Montclair State University is Now a Stigma Free Campus

BY  |  Saturday, May 07, 2016 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Stigma Free

(Photo credit: Jennifer Brown/Montclair State University)

On Tuesday, May 3, 2016 Governor Richard Codey visited Montclair State University, joining President Susan Cole and members of the campus community in announcing MSU’s official status as Stigma-Free. There will be two stigma-free signs standing on campus and a flag to honor May as Mental Health Awareness month.

The University is the second institution of higher education in NJ to join the Codey Fund for Mental Health’s Stigma-Free campaign. Established by the former governor and his wife in 2012, the fund’s mission is to ensure that “compassionate, quality mental healthcare is accessible to everyone and that the stigma associated with mental illness is overcome through public awareness and education.”

“Montclair State University has a longstanding commitment to the well-being of our students,” said Karen Pennington, Vice President for Student Development and Campus Life. “We have established programs and staff in place to support the mental health needs of our community. We believe that having the stigma free signs standing on campus will spark awareness and remind students that they’re not alone. The Montclair State University culture is a compassionate one, and there is always judgment-free help available.”




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)

The Insight Project

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)

Walk MS

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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