Life Goals: NaNoWriMo — Write That Novel In November

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 27, 2016 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


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Have you always thought you have a great story to tell? If you have dreamed of writing a novel, there’s no better time than now… Well, in November actually, when the annual National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) inspires professional and amateur writers from all over the world to put their pens to paper, or fingers on the keyboard.

The Challenge? To write 50,000 words during the month of November. That’s 1,667 words a day. Every day. It may sound daunting, but it’s possible if you make writing a priority. Say good bye to binge-watching and you can achieve your goal. The great novelist Stephen King, in his book On Writing, says after he cut his TV watching time down to one show a day, he went from writing 1,000 words a day to 2,000.

Montclair Public Library, along with The Write Group, will help you reach your goals too. They will host a month long schedule of events with  inspiration and helpful tips:

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Montclair Seniorama 2016: Full Day Conference and Workshops!

BY  |  Sunday, Oct 23, 2016 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

motto2Next week, on Thursday, November 3, the Montclair Senior Citizen Advisory Committee (SCAC) is holding its Seniorama 2016 Conference – an event which focuses on the issues, needs and topics impacting the quality of life for senior citizens residing in Montclair. This year, there are some new features: a full-day conference format and the introduction of workshops, which encourage the exploration of diverse opportunities for specific personal growth and enrichment. This year’s theme “Living is Learning, Planning and Doing!,” provides a roadmap to explore big topics, like, “What Could Our Senior Center Be Like?,” and then, presented in smaller workshop sessions, opportunities to learn how to “do” specific and more defined activities – involving mind and body, cooking, music, and volunteering. These expand the horizons of seniors — to grow, explore, use their brains, be healthy, happy, and compassionate in their personal lives and in service to others.

There are two segments to the morning plenary session. In the first, Ann Lippel, SCAC’s Chair, highlights where Montclair is on its journey toward achieving a centralized senior center. She will recap the significant steps taken over the past year and some of the key vital issues to be addressed in the immediate future. In the second segment, guest speakers from two neighboring communities, Livingston and Nutley, each having facilities and strongly-rooted municipal programs for their senior citizens, will share key factors which shape their operations. Liliana Branquinho, Livingston’s supervisor of senior & adult enrichment and special events, is responsible for administering all programs and events for seniors, and Frank DeMaio, director of Nutley’s recreation division, which handles all senior programs and services, will each describe what works for seniors in their communities. Continue Reading

Lifelong Montclair Launches Online Directory of Senior Services

BY  |  Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Lifelong Montclair

Are you a retiree who might want to know how to save on home repair expenses? Want to know how seniors can save money on public transportation? Are you a long-distance caregiver needing to know what resources are available in Montclair?

Lifelong Montclair is pleased to announce the launch of its Online Directory of Senior Services in Montclair. The Directory is available online here.

The vision of the online directory is to expand upon the usefulness of the printed version of the Lifelong Montclair Directory of Senior Services in Montclair and to provide a senior-friendly site where seniors can access information about Montclair’s resources anytime and from anywhere. The Directory will serve as an up-to-date resource for long-distance caregivers and community organizations who provide information to seniors. Volunteers from the Township’s Senior Citizens Advisory Committee (SCAC), Aging in Montclair (AIM), the Montclair Public Library, and the community worked with Katie York, Directory of Senior Services/Lifelong Montclair, to develop this online directory.

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Creativity Caravan: Making Fun and Art Mobile in Montclair

BY  |  Monday, Oct 17, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Amy Tingle and Maya Stein were thinking about food trucks when the idea for The Creativity Caravan came to them. You can’t get into a food truck, but amazing things always come out of them. It reminded them of the times when they were young and the ice cream truck would visit their neighborhood, bringing excitement to the children. They started talking about all other things that could come out of a truck until they asked themselves the questions that started it all:


“What if creativity could come out of a truck?
 Tingle and Stein teamed up in 2013 to explore how they could work to bring creative encounters directly into communities. With backgrounds in writing and art, the pair decided to combine their collective experiences to bring creativity to the forefront. What they saw was that at a certain point, exposure to thinking and creating seemed to drop off for children, particularly girls. Firmly believing that we need creativity our entire lives, they sought to bring art and self-empowerment to everyone. Continue Reading

Lots Going On For Seniors at the Edgemont Park House

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 13, 2016 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Pinochle Club

Ice Cream Socials, Pinochle Club, Qi Gong classes, and more will be offered for seniors at the Edgemont Park House in Montclair:

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L’Shana Tova!

BY  |  Monday, Oct 03, 2016 10:20am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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To all who are celebrating Rosh Hashanah, Baristanet sends you best wishes for a happy, healthy and sweet New Year!

L’Shana Tova!





Montclair Public Library to Host eLibrary Drop-In Support Sessions and Instructional Workshops

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Public LibraryAre you a new patron of Montclair Public Library (MPL)? Or someone who wants to learn more about using its eLibrary services? MPL will host eLibrary Drop-In Support sessions at various locations around town in October.

Below is the upcoming schedule:

  • October 4 at Java Love Coffee Roasting Company (49 Church Street) from 5pm-6pm.
  • October 11 at Trend Coffee (411 Bloomfield Avenue) from 1pm-2pm.
  • October 22 at MPL Main Library from 11am-12pm.
  • October 25 at MPL Bellevue Avenue Branch from 5pm-6pm.

For one-on-one help with a research need or checking out eBooks and eAudiobooks, the Montclair community is encouraged to “Book a Librarian.” This service pairs residents with the librarian best suited to the need for personalized guidance. To make an appointment, visit

In addition, MPL is hosting several instructional workshops on a variety of topics during the month of October:

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Scenes from Montclair Fashion Night 2016 #MFNO

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016 2:13pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair once again hosted a fantastic Montclair Fashion Night Out to a standing room only crowd at the Wellmont Theater on Sunday. This was the fifth year in a row for the event and it started with a dramatic aerial presentation by Studio Air, followed by runway shows that wowed the crowd, both by the variety of apparel from Montclair boutiques as well as creations by the Fashion Dept. of Montclair State University.

©Amy Gallatin Photography, all rights reserved.

©Amy Gallatin Photography.

“Montclair Fashion Night Out 2016 was a great event, and more importantly, it’s an example of how great our COMMUNITY is! I tip my hat to all the volunteers that devoted their time and talent to hairdressing, makeup, food, and the production of show,” says Israel Cronk, executive director, Montclair BID. “I’m proud to have partnered with Montclair State University and worked with 10 dynamite interns from their Fashion Department. This marks a new direction of town-wide inclusion for the downtown Montclair. Montclair Center BID hopes to inspire our community to not only shop local but to hire local, too. Continue Reading

Dr. Gold Runs Chicago Marathon for Montclair Public Library

BY  |  Monday, Sep 26, 2016 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Dr. GoldMontclair orthodontist Dr. Ed Gold is back at it again — running his 6th marathon and raising money to support the Montclair Public Library.

In the spirit of the 2016 Summer Olympics, Dr. Gold will be running the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 9, 2016 with funds raised to benefit the Montclair Public Library Foundation. “When I was training for my first marathon is 2012, I knew I should support a cause. I decided to run for the Montclair Public Library with the hope that the library will help lay the foundation for this and future generations to learn and to apply their acquired knowledge to benefit society. The acquired knowledge may hopefully help lead to the cures of diseases that afflict so many of our families and friends or help our society in other ways. And now four years later, as I am training for my 6th marathon, I did not want to let the opportunity to once again support the Montclair Public Library Foundation pass by,” says Dr. Gold.

You can donate here and help Dr. Gold meet his goal and support the Montclair Public Library.






Montclair Women’s Club Open House and Panel Discussion on Women in Transition

BY  |  Monday, Sep 26, 2016 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Women's ClubThe Montclair Women’s Club (82 Union Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042) is preparing for an exciting year of events as it enters its 102nd year serving the Montclair area. Interested in learning more about the club? The first evening event of the year will happen tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27 at 7 pm with an Open House and panel discussion on Women in Transition: Embracing Change.

Whether you are going back to work, retiring, becoming an empty nester, have lost a spouse through divorce or death or any other major life change, the community of members of the Montclair Women’s Club can support and nourish you as you embrace your change.





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