Giveaway: The Princess and the Pea at SOPAC!

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 21, 2016 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


The beloved Hans Christian Anderson tale, The Princess and the Pea, comes to life on the South Orange Performing Arts Center stage on October 15 at 2 p.m. This fun, and funny, musical tells the story of a Princess who is introduced to the King and Queen’s court just in time to vie for the Prince. However, her arrival in a rainstorm leaves the Queen to doubt her worthiness as a match for her son. This story of acceptance and love and, of course, a ‘Pea’ will prove that staying true to who you are is the key to true happiness. Continue Reading

Glen Ridge PD Holding Community Partnership Meeting, September 29

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 21, 2016 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Glen Ridge Police Department will hold a community partnership meeting on September 29 at 7 pm. Chief Sheila Byron-Lagattuta and the members of the Glen Ridge Police Department invite the community to attend.

Glen Ridge Police Station (photo: Glen Ride Police Facebook page)

Glen Ridge Police Station (photo: Glen Ride Police Facebook page)

The Glen Ridge Police Department will hold a community partnership meeting on September 29 at 7 pm. Chief Sheila Byron-Lagattuta and the members of the Glen Ridge Police Department invite the community to attend.

This meeting will serve to enhance relations and cultivate partnerships between the police department and the community in an effort to improve the quality of life, safety and security of all citizens. Joining will be the Acting Essex County Prosecutor, Carolyn Murray, Assistant United States Attorney Michael Campion, Chief of the Civil Rights unit for the New Jersey US attorney’s office.

The event will be held in the gymnasium of the Christ Episcopal Church, located at 74 Park Avenue in Glen Ridge.

The Glen Ridge Police Department has also unveiled its Official Facebook page, additional information can be found there.


Workshop for Women 50+ Who Are Exploring What’s Next for Them

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 3:46pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Transition Network

The North-Central New Jersey Chapter of The Transition Network (TTN) will present a workshop on Women in Transition – a program about exploring new possibilities, rethinking your life or work, and expanding your networks.

The workshop will provide a framework to understand the process of transitions. It will help participants enhance skills for successfully navigating change; expand possibilities and options; create an action plan; and connect with other women 50+ in transition.

The program will be held on Saturday, September 24, from 10 am – 2:30 pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 73 South Fullerton St, Montclair, NJ 07042. The cost is $30 for TTN members and $40 for nonmembers; a light lunch is included.
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Reminder! Buzz Aldrin Is In Montclair Tomorrow, Friday, September 16

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

class=”” src=”” alt=”Reminder! Buzz Aldrin Is In Montclair Tomorrow, Friday, September 16″ width=”409″ height=”278″ class=”alignleft size-full wp-image-244337″ />Mt. Hebron Middle School will be renamed officially for Montclair’s own man on the moon, Buzz Aldrin, on Friday, September 16th, and the astronaut will make several stops around town and celebrate with two great events open to the public.

The official dedication of Buzz Aldrin Middle School will take place at 9:30 a.m. on the front steps of the school. Buzz Aldrin will be there, along with visiting officials and dignitaries. The event is free and open to all. (There will also be an in-school assembly for BAMS students and faculty only, in the morning just before the dedication.)

Because of the dedication, Bellevue Avenue between Norwood Avenue and Park Street will be closed between 8 a.m. and noon.

That evening there will be a dedication celebration, Party on the Moon…Like It’s 1969, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Commonwealth Club, 26 Northview Avenue. Buzz Aldrin will make a special appearance at 8 p.m.

This out-of-this-world fundraising party will feature fabulous food, an open beer/wine bar, a DJ and auctions. It is open to adults only. Come in casual attire, or wear your best red, white and blue! Tickets are $50 a person and are available here.

Funds raised will go towards school STEM programs. If you cannot attend, but would like to make a donation, you can do so by check. Mail to Buzz Aldrin Dedication, care of MFEE, 100 Chestnut Street, Montclair NJ 07042. Please write Buzz Aldrin Dedication in the memo field.

After the dedication, but before the party, Buzz Aldrin will visit Hackensack UMC Mountainside Hospital, where he was born in 1930. The Hospital has just announced a new STEM Partnership with the school district. He will get a private tour of the hospital’s newly revamped OB-GYM Department.

For the latest information, please visit and like the Buzz Dedication Facebook page.

Reminder: Picnic/Rally To Support Montclair Public Schools and Oppose Charter TODAY, 9/14

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016 7:02am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Board of Education invites families and community members to a rally on today (Wed., Sept. 14) at the Montclair High School amphitheater (corner of Park & Chestnut Streets), 4:30-6 p.m. to celebrate the Montclair Public Schools and to protest the proposed Montclair Charter School. If it rains, the rally will be held in the high school auditorium.

Bring a picnic basket or snack, come dressed in your favorite school spirit wear and participate in this unique opportunity for the community to gather together as one to express our concerns over the proposed school.

Reminder: Picnic/Rally To Support Montclair Public Schools and Oppose Charter Today, 9/14

Speakers will include Senator Nia Gill, Assemblyman Thomas Giblin, Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver and Freeholder Brendan Gill along with Mayor Robert Jackson and members of the Montclair Township Council. Superintendent Ron Bolandi will be the emcee.

There will be music and art performances and local politicians will be on hand showing their support to keep Montclair Public Schools strong.

The rally is an opportunity to celebrate Montclair’s fine public schools at the start of the school year and to oppose the establishment of a French immersion charter school which will have the effect of siphoning off two to five million dollars from the school district’s budget and adversely impact the racial diversity of the school district.

The Superintendent and the Board in a series of letters to Commissioner Hespe have detailed their objections to the proposed charter school which will take millions of dollars away from the daily operation of district programs and undermine the district’s long-standing desegregation plan and magnet schools.

Have a Samsung Galaxy Note7? NJ Transit Urges You Don’t Use it on Board or In Stations

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 13, 2016 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

note7Following safety concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note7, NJ Transit released an advisory today strongly urging all customers not to use or charge the mobile device on board trains, buses, light rail vehicles or in stations and facilities.

“We are asking our customers who have the Galaxy Note7, to simply turn it off before entering an NJ TRANSIT facility or boarding a vehicle.” said interim Executive Director Dennis Martin. “Because of the uncertainties surrounding this device, we are issuing this precautionary advisory to ensure the safety of all of our customers.”

The Samsung Galaxy Note7 has been the subject of numerous accounts of the batteries bursting into flames. Both Samsung and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission are urging owners to power down these devices and stop charging or using them.

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Montclair Public Library and Literacy Volunteers of America Provide ESOL Classes for Adults

BY  |  Monday, Sep 12, 2016 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


As part of a grant from the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Montclair Public Library (MPL) and Literacy Volunteers of America, Essex and Passaic Counties (LVA) continue to provide ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes for adult students. The grant supplies funding for three sessions through spring of 2017. Continue Reading

Weigh In On SAFE Bicycling Needs in Montclair

BY  |  Monday, Sep 12, 2016 7:00am  |  COMMENTS (16)


Montclair Township welcomes you to participate in a survey and attend a public meeting on Tuesday, September 13, 5 to 8 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 205 Claremont Avenue, to share your views on bicycling in Montclair as part of the SAFE/Complete Streets Implementation Plan development.

The study team, led by a steering committee comprising residents, business owners and various community advocates, is looking to identify where bicycling facilities are needed on Montclair streets. Montclair streets accommodate people walking fairly well, but very little attention has been given to considering facilities needed to better accommodate people riding bicycles. Continue Reading

Bradford Students Participate in Anthem Event at Yogi Berra Museum

BY  |  Sunday, Sep 11, 2016 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Some 75 Bradford School fifth-graders came to the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center on Friday to learn the meaning and significance of the national anthem, and joined three million of their peers for a nationwide sing-a-long of the 202-year-old Star Spangled Banner.


The event was part of the fourth annual National Anthem Movement, created by the American Public Education Foundation, and had particular poignance given the 15th anniversary of 9/11 and recent controversy sparked by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

The Museum – along with the National Underground Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Fort McHenry in Baltimore, the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Memorial Museum and 9/11 Tribute Center in New York City – has been a key supporter of the National Anthem Movement.

The students learned how and why Francis Scott Key penned his famous poem, inspired by the American efforts to repel the British bombardment of Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812. The next morning, the soldiers defending Fort McHenry hoisted a 30-by-42 foot flag with 15 stars and 15 stripes. Continue Reading

Additional Sunday Hours, Expanded Rock 101 Schedule & Seven New Performance Programs at School of Rock Montclair

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

Beginning in October, School of Rock Montclair will offer new schedules to meet the demand for its offerings. The School will also unveil a selection of new artist and genre themed choices for its Performance Program students.

SoR kids

“Once the school year begins, our students and their parents will have very busy schedules, so we’re accommodating this activity in two convenient ways,” says Kevin March, General Manager of School of Rock Montclair. “First, we’ll be open on Sundays from noon to 3:00pm, and eventually from noon to 6:00pm, as we start our fall enrollment.

“Second, due to popular demand, we’ll be expanding our Rock 101 program – which combines weekly one-on-one 45 minute private lessons along with weekly 90 minute group band rehearsals – to Mondays from 3:45 to 5:15pm. Eventually, we’ll also be offering a special Rock 101 Performance Program on Sundays that will allow our beginning and developing students to be featured in their own concert appearance. This will give our Rock 101 students an opportunity to learn and prepare a repertoire of songs that they’ll present at a local rock venue, and also get them ready to join one of our official Performance Program selections.” Continue Reading

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