Back to School Round Up 2013 – 2014

BY  |  Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 11:00am

 (Photo: Adorable and delicious cookies from Le Baker’s Dozen)

It’s just about that time. Your kids will be going back to school soon and summer’s lazy days will come to an end.

To help a mother (and father) out, we’ve decided to put all of our “Back to School” stories in one place to make your life easier:

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Found — Kitty On Summit Ave., Montclair (Updated)

Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Update: Kitty has found a home.

A reader writes:

We found this kitty on our street (Summit Avenue, near Grove Street)…. He/she is now on our porch. We can’t keep him and would love to find his home. We called the Animal Shelter and left a message, asking if anyone had reported him missing. Haven’t heard back yet. He definitely is not from our block (Summit between Park and Grove), since we put word out on a group email. Continue Reading

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Sept. 1

BY  |  Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 8:45am

Just seven properties are open this weekend, including the four profiled below.

maplewood090111 South Cres., Maplewood
List Price: $799,000
Taxes: $30,563
Acreage: 0.35

New to the market, this nine-room Tudor, known as the “Mushroom House,” has a lot of architectural distinction. The two-story family room has a dome ceiling with fresco artwork, two-story Palladian windows with stained glass, gold crown molding and a limestone fireplace that extends to the ceiling. Central air and a wet bar are among the other highlights. There is a finished, full basement and a three-car attached garage. The house was built in 1928. Open 2 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

Montclair United Soccer Club U8 Girls Open Tryout

BY  |  Saturday, Aug 31, 2013 8:00am

Montclair United Soccer ClubMontclair United Soccer Club, specifically the U8 Girls Academy Program, is holding open tryouts for girls entering 2nd grade on Saturday, September 7 from 9 am – 10:30 am.

The U8 Girls Academy Program emphasizes individual, skills-based training and small-sided games, as well as creating an inspiring, fun environment that fosters confidence and creativity. It offers 2 team practices per week with professional coaches and Saturday morning small games, fall and spring seasons. Winter training is optional.

If you cannot attend the tryout, you may attend a team practice for an individual tryout – contact Team Director Susanne Heubel to make arrangements.

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Yogi Berra Museum to Hold Sports Memorabilia Appraisal

BY  |  Friday, Aug 30, 2013 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

yogi berra museum appraisalHave you ever wondered what that stash of old Topps baseball cards stashed in your attic is worth? Soon, you can find out.

The Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center will be hosting “America’s Roadshow,” its version of PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, on Sat. Sept. 21 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Experts from Robert Edward Auctions will be providing free appraisals of visitors’ items. The Watchung, NJ-based company has specialized in all areas of baseball collectibles, as well as other sport and non-sport memorabilia and cards, for more than 30 years.

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Teacher Salaries: How Does Baristaville Rank?

BY  |  Friday, Aug 30, 2013 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (15)

school-children-and-teacherNJ Spotlight has an interactive map showing what the average New Jersey public school teacher earned last year ($67,412, an increase of less than 1 percent over the prior year). The map, which breaks down teachers’ salaries by district, shows that Montclair salaries are above average, with the average salary being $73,935, an eleven percent increase from two years ago.

Glen Ridge is also above average at $70,109. Bloomfield ranks below the average, with $62,331. The average teacher salary in the U.S. in 2011–12 was $55,418, putting New Jersey on the higher end among states.

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Weekend Highlights: Labor Day Weekend Edition!

BY  |  Friday, Aug 30, 2013 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

swimming poolsThis is the last weekend before some school starts (some of us have to wait until September 9). Still, it’s a three-day weekend, so get out and have some family fun!

There aren’t many local events going on, but the long Labor Day weekend will give you many options.


You can take a Day Trip or two, take advantage of your local pool before it closes, head to the  Jersey Shore (we may try Seven President’s Oceanfront Park), or go spend the day running in the sprinklers at a spray park.

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A Bike Friendly Challenge Gets … Criticized?

BY  |  Friday, Aug 30, 2013 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (16)

bike laneWhen Bike&Walk Montclair launched its Bike Friendly Business Campaign this summer, it probably wasn’t expecting any complaints. After all, who could argue against the campaign’s mission to encourage locals to bike to businesses instead of drive by offering discounts at some stores?

Walkers, that’s who.

A few have grumbled on the Montclair Watercooler and elsewhere that the campaign discriminates against those who have always walked to local businesses. Shouldn’t we get discounts too? they essentially asked.

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Brian O’Rorke Named the 7th Head Coach in the 51 Year History of Montclair Lacrosse

BY  |  Friday, Aug 30, 2013 11:00am

Montclair Lacrosse

Brian O’Rorke

Congratulations to Brian O’Rorke on being named the 7th Head Coach in the proud, 51 year history of Montclair Lacrosse.  Coach O’Rorke was confirmed at the Tuesday Board of Education Meeting and will begin to put together his staff and begin off-season training for lacrosse players throughout Montclair.

Brian brings professional experience to Brotherhood Lacrosse as a former member of the New Jersey Pride.  He was the first player ever to be drafted and signed by a Major League Lacrosse (MLL) team from the Providence College Lacrosse Program.  O’Rorke’s number 24 is the first and only number to be retired by the Providence College Men’s Lacrosse Program.

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Backpack Drive in Montclair This Saturday

BY  |  Friday, Aug 30, 2013 10:00am

backpacks_A local mom is holding a backpack drive this Saturday to help out the Sentinels-16 Montclair Police Association’s Annual Free School Supply Event on Sunday.

This is the 4th year in a row Pluchet Alexander has pitched in to help kids in our community and her goal this year is 100 backpacks.

Please consider donating NEW backpacks and drop them off on Saturday, August 31 between 9 am – 6 pm:

31 North Willow Street
Montclair, NJ 07042

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