YMCA Of Montclair Names Tim Weidman As Interim President And CEO

BY  |  Friday, Jun 30, 2017 4:19pm

The YMCA of Montclair has named Tim Weidman as the Interim President and CEO by the Board of Directors until a search for a permanent President and CEO can be completed.

Weidman, who was the CEO of the Summit area YMCA for 20 years, succeeds Jo Ann Short, who left the YMCA of Montclair after seven years at the helm. Continue Reading

Stuffed and Bobbi Brown: Healthy Together in Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Jun 30, 2017 10:30am

If you love Stuffed grass fed burgers on Montclair’s Valley Road, you’re not alone. Turns out Montclair’s makeup mogul Bobbi Brown likes them, too. But Brown (who stepped down from her company in December and is now onto new endeavors, including JustBOBBI focusing on beauty from within) would tell you that you can’t eat burgers every day.

Brown collaborated with Stuffed owner Dan Campeas to create a new healthy and colorful Kale Salad for Stuffed, featuring tomatoes, cucumber, chick peas, sliced almonds, radishes, and balsamic honey mustard ($10.95). Campeas, who grew up in Montclair, got to know Brown when he became friends with her son when they were both at Montclair High School.

You can order the new salad “Bobbi’s Way,” with a kids burger, goat cheese crumbles, lemon and extra virgin olive oil ($15.95), which is exactly how Brown likes it when she comes to Stuffed, says Campeas.

Weekend Family Highlights: E.T., Jungle Gym Jam, Food Truck Festival, Museums

Friday, Jun 30, 2017 9:00am


Bring on the weekend! July is here and there are plenty of fun events and activities happening around the area. We’ve rounded up a bunch of them right here for you. Check ‘em out!

The Clairidge Bow-Tie Cinemas will show the classic 1982 film, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, on Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 AM. Elliott, a young boy living with his older brother, younger sister, and their single mother, discovers an alien in the backyard and attempts to help him return home. The film is directed by Steven Spielberg and is rated PG.



Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host a BE QUIET! Storytime on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Rupert the Mouse wants to star in a beautiful, wordless picture book, but his friends won’t stop talking! Enjoy this hilarious new book by acclaimed author Ryan T. Higgins. Activities will follow.

Join Jason Didner & the Jungle Gym Jam at Rock-n-Recycle on Saturday at 11:00 AM. The event will be held at the Springfield Avenue Gazebo next to the Maplewood Public Library (1688 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood). Bring your used compact fluorescent light bulbs, Styrofoam, cell phones and rechargeable batteries to be recycled. Enjoy the music of the band and rock out to their new song “Forever in a Landfill” to help kids learn about protecting the Earth.
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Sponsored Post: Why You Need A Doula Before AND After Your Baby Is Born

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 4:46pm

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New Parents – Why You Need a Doula Before AND After Your Baby is Born

My name is Astrid Hufnagel, and I am a birth and postpartum doula.  Many of you may already know what a birth doula is but have you ever heard of a postpartum doula?

When the exhaustion of a new baby sets in, lots of families start to Google “baby nurse” or “night nurse.”  What are the differences between a baby nurse/night nurse and a postpartum doula?

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Bringing a new baby home can be overwhelming! As your postpartum doula, I will support your entire family in your home in whatever capacity is most needed. I can answer questions on newborn care and feeding, help with the first bath, assist you in wearing your infant in a newborn carrier, take care of your infant while you nap or shower, prepare meals, run errands for or with you, perform light housekeeping such as laundry and cleaning baby bottles…. and so much more!

Even if you have TONS of family support, doula support is incredibly valuable.  Both you and your partner will receive evidence based education (if you want it) and non-judgmental support, allowing you to gain confidence in your new roles!

Little Prince Doula ServicesIn addition, I do a lot of listening.  I recently worked with a family facing breast-feeding struggles… there were nights of crying, phone calls of desperation, and also moments of sheer joy.  Sometimes all you need is someone to listen.

As this family’s postpartum doula I also scheduled a late night visit with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).  I spoke with the family about options, relayed that info to the consultant, and ultimately scheduled this visit, which proved to be a total game-changer for the family.

Finally, I also provide overnight support. I can be the sole caretaker of your baby overnight, or if the birth mother is breastfeeding, I can stay in a separate room with baby and bring your baby to you when he/she needs to nurse.  Then I will burp, diaper, and soothe your baby so you can get back to sleep!

How does this compare with the role of a baby nurse?  A baby nurse’s focus is on your newborn, not on you, your partner, or other siblings.  She may be a wonderful individual and have the best of intentions – fabulous with your baby – but she will not personally call up an IBCLC, schedule appointments, nor will she be available by phone for your questions.

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If you hire me, then you will see me at your doorstep.  Most baby nurses are a part of large agencies and you often don’t know ahead of time who your baby nurse will be.  I think it is really important to trust and click with the person who will be so involved in your family life. The families I work with often become friends and I always want you to feel like you can vent to me.

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A Postpartum Doula’s Schedule:
I have worked with families for as little as two weeks and as long as four months.  For some families I have only provided support during the day, others only nights, and others a combo of the two!

My number of contracted hours has varied a great deal as well.  Some families need support every day and some only once a week.  You may need me the night before a busy day and then have me return later in the week to accompany you during your little angel’s pediatric appointment. The bottom line is that I offer extreme flexibility as a postpartum doula!

A baby nurse, on the other hand, requires a set schedule.  Furthermore, if you are hiring a baby nurse for overnight support, she will require a set schedule that doesn’t change from week to week.

So What Does This AMAZING Support Cost?
My services cost more than that of a baby nurse.  Why?  My availability.

By offering you complete flexibility, I am limited in the number of families I can work with. And when I’m not at your side, I am available by phone and email throughout the day and even at night for those moments where you just need reassurance that you are an amazing parent!  I offer a number of package options to suit your needs – I’m sure that you’ll find something that works for you!

Please click here to learn more about me, the services I offer, and package pricing.  And of course, contact me with any questions your may have. I am flexible, compassionate, a good listener, and resourceful.  I have also recently added an option that includes just overnight support.

All the best with your new little one!




MontClairVoyant: Drones, Layoffs, Builders, Rodney: Nightmares Without Wake-up Calls

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 1:30pm



After last week’s lightweight column about Montclair’s parks, it’s time for “serious humor” again. Can you comment on the recent Board of Education, Township Council, and Planning Board meetings?

Sessions, But Not Jeff

Students and parents at June 19’s BOE meeting lamented budget-caused layoffs, while the TC on June 20 dismayingly discussed spending scarce money on drones. What a “juxta” (“juxtaposition” minus another lost “position”).

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Looking to Adopt? Nine Colombian Older Orphans Visiting With Kidsave Summer Miracles Program

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Rachael Quinn Egan with Francy and her younger daughters at graduation


Montclair adoption advocate Rachael Quinn Egan will drive to JFK airport this Friday to meet nine foster children arriving from Colombia through Kidsave’s Summer Miracles Program.

Kidsave is a volunteer-driven effort engaged in helping move older kids, ages 8 – 14, out of foster care or orphanages and into permanent, loving homes. The children will be hosted by families in the NY/NJ area for the month of July. Egan, who is hosting an 11-year-old girl named Denis, will help advocate to find her an adoptive family.

Egan adopted her daughter Francy through Kidsave five years ago when Francy was 13. Last week, Francy graduated Montclair High School and will attend an honors program at Rutgers this fall.

Of her own experience adopting, Egan says “A friend of mine who loves to do a lot of outdoor risky adventure stuff once told me he thought I was very brave to adopt a teenager, but as I told him we all just find our adventure and joy in different ways. Meeting one of these children might just be the greatest opportunity for a potential parent in our area, and it could be a life saving event for the child.”

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Montclair Woman Makes A Difference Displaying Signs With Positive Messages

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (16)

A refugee family of a Muslim woman and her two children were finally able to walk along Park Street in Montclair, after seven long years of waiting to come to America.

That’s when the woman saw something that made her stop dead in her tracks and demand Revered David Shaw of the Union Congregational Church take her to meet a complete stranger. There it was, a sign perched on a window sill in front of a house on the corner of Park and Cooper.

It simply read, “We heart Muslims” with an American flag hanging on it.

Inside the house with the sign was Nikki Barnes Atkinson, busy hosting a party for her kids. Atkinson noticed the woman approaching her doorstep.

The woman didn’t speak much English but none of that mattered as Atkinson greeted the woman with a big hug and held her while Rev. Shaw explained that the family arrived in the United States six months ago from Afghanistan by way of Iran and Turkey.

Atkinson described the moment as being extremely emotional and beautiful for her and the children inside her home to witness.

But it was no coincidence.

Atkinson has dubbed herself as “the crazy sign lady” in the neighborhood as she has handmade signs sprawled out across her front lawn that display positive messages such as “Hate has no home here,” “Hate cannot not drive out hate, love can do that” and “Black Lives Matter.” Continue Reading

Weekend Arts & Entertainment Calendar: June 29 – July 2

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 29, 2017 9:00am


Lots of great local events to enjoy this first weekend in July. From live music and concerts, to comedy and theater, to films and social events, this is your guide to what’s happening:

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Family Fun Nights at Applegate Farm Start Tonight!

BY  |  Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017 2:42pm

Family Fun Nights start tonight at Applegate Farm with Music, Magic and Movies! DJ starts at 6:30. Magic at 8 p.m. Movie at 8:45 p.m.

Tonight, Wednesday, June 28 starts with The Secret Life of Pets (PG)
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Montclair Public Library Hosts Build A Better Montclair Summer Reading Program For Adults

BY  |  Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017 11:30am

The Montclair Public Library (MPL) Summer Reading theme for adults this year is Build a Better Montclair, which promotes social responsibility and involvement in our community.

MPL encourages residents to join the program and challenge themselves to read one book every week between June 23 and September 8. After completing a book, participants can submit a review to earn chances to win one of two iPad minis or one of many giftcards to Watchung Booksellers. Continue Reading

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