Weekend Family Highlights: Underwater Archaeology, Rainbow Fish, Theater!

BY  |  Friday, Jun 23, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Summer is finally here and school is out! There are plenty of fun and family-friendly things to do in and around town, and we’ve rounded them up for you right here. Have a look!

Barnes & Noble at Clifton Commons (395 Route 3 East, Clifton) will host a Rainbow Fish Storytime on Saturday at 11:00 AM. Celebrate this modern classic’s 25th year in print with a reading of this story about a beautiful fish who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions. Activities will follow. Continue Reading

Watch Montclair High School Class of 2017 Commencement Broadcast Live

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 22, 2017 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Watch the Montclair High School class of 2017 graduation broadcast live — coverage starts at 6:00 p.m. tonight on channel 33 for Verizon FiOS and channel 34 for Comcast viewers.

The program will also be streamed live from 6:00 p.m. on the TV34 streaming site: http://montclair.peg.tv

And you can watch on Facebook live – at https://www.facebook.com/2017MontclairGraduation/

This year’s graduation speaker is Benilde Little, novelist, journalist and Montclair resident. Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

Sponsored: Camp Newark Museum Offers STEAM Program Amidst World Class Art & Science Galleries

BY  |  Wednesday, Jun 21, 2017 3:56pm

Camp Newark Museum

Come spend the summer with us at Camp Newark Museum, a fun, innovative six-week experience where children expand their knowledge through exploration of the Museum’s world class art and science collections. Arouse curiosity by investigating treasures made by man and by nature to gain a new perspective of the world around us. Campers transform materials using their imagination through our hands-on, inquiry driven S.T.E.A.M. curriculum, while also getting an insider’s view of the Museum’s expansive galleries.

In the words of a camp parent, “This camp rocks…[It’s] the magic, the intangibles, that enhance the program beyond measure. Camp Newark Museum is a S.T.E.A.M. program…joining a handful of trailblazing programs adding the Arts to S.T.E.M.(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The children don’t just study stars and dissect cow eyes, they sing, they dance, they study world-renowned and little-known artists, they draw and paint and mold, glass-blowing, maker-spacing, soul-inspiring ART. It’s outrageously wonderful.”

Each week your child will participate in:

  • Daily insider’s tours of one or more of the Museum’s 80 art and science galleries
  • Art-making including drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, jewelry and sculpture
  • Science labs such as nanotechnology, natural sciences, renewable energy and astronomy
  • Makerspace workshops from low tech to high tech, from sewing to soldering to circuitry
  • Performance art, including theater arts, dance and spoken word
  • Planetarium shows in the Museum’s Alice & Leonard Dreyfuss Planetarium
  • Glass working classes for campers ages 9 and up with GlassRoots
  • Jazz concerts in the garden and the Newark Black Film Festival Youth Cinema
  • Outdoor activities in the Museum’s sculpture garden
  • Performance Showcase and Art Exhibitions of campers’ work on Fridays for parents

Contact [email protected] / 973.596.6637, for more information. Register online here.




MPL Summer Reading Club Kickoff: Building Tall Ships & Pirate Ships with Sciencetellers!

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2017 1:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Summer Reading Club is here! This year’s theme is ‘Build a Better World.’ MPL kicks off summer events with the glorious insanity of Sciencetellers’ Pirate Tales: Ahoy! People don’t just build on land, they build on water, too! Set sail with us on an action-packed adventure about a crew of quirky pirates stranded on an island. With mutiny and high-tide looming, they must rescue their salty captain and find a way to construct a ship before all hope is lost! Planks, sails, rigging, rails…what else could building a pirate ship possibly take? Throughout the story, volunteers from the audience will help us explore the incredible science behind clouds, combustion, air pressure, explosions and more. Don’t miss this refreshing nautical tale with a twist! After the show be sure to enroll in the Summer Reading Club at the 3rd floor Youth Services Department! Continue Reading

Montclair BOE: Protests Against More Staff Cuts; Discussion of Proposed Solar Panels For High School

BY  |  Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017 8:42am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Board of Education’s June 19 meeting had a light agenda, and the threat of storms no doubt kept many people away – an electrical blackout caused the proceedings to be taped rather than broadcast live on TV34 – but those that did show up were very vocal in their support for retaining teachers who could be affected by budget cuts.  This time it was Glenfield Middle School math teacher Faisal Sheikh.

Glenfield Middle School students at the June 19 Montclair Board of Education meeting protest the potential firing of math teacher Faisal Sheikh for budget reasons.

A bunch of Glenfield students sat up front to show their support for Sheikh, and Board of Education President Laura Hertzog took it upon herself to explain the procedures of the meeting before it began should any of them want to contribute to public comment.   A few of them did, with Noah Fishman telling the board Sheikh has made learning math fun and with Joanne Keyser calling him “amazing.”  Several adults spoke up on Sheikh’s behalf as well, with Evan Cutler saying the teacher has made math his daughter’s favorite subject after she started sixth grade hating it, while Scott Richards said Sheikh helped his own child come a long way in getting his math grades up. Sara Mosle, herself an educator and an education reporter, opined that to hire talented teachers and then not retain them would make it difficult to attract new teachers. Continue Reading

Montclair Cooperative School Graduates Eleven

BY  |  Sunday, Jun 18, 2017 12:53pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The 11 members of the 8th grade at Montclair Cooperative School graduated on Thursday, June 15, 2017. Described as “few, but mighty”, the students were accepted into the following high schools:

Montclair Cooperative School Class of 2017 and their 8th grade teacher, Judy Bereczki.
Photo: Joy Glenn

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Shop For Beautiful Jewelry Created by Renaissance’s Students for An Equitable World

Friday, Jun 16, 2017 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Renaissance middle schoolers, “beading” the change they want to see in the world, participated in Students for Equitable World (SEW), creating and selling beautiful jewelry with the proceeds going to charity. The students showcased their creations at a reception.

Wade Maxx Framing on Vallet Road in Upper Montclair has offered to extend the sale of the students’ pieces until Sunday. Stop by, see the students’s work and purchase a piece of jewelry.

Weekend Family Highlights: Camel Rides, Open Cockpit Weekend, Arts & Crafts Fair, Street Fair and More!

BY  |  Friday, Jun 16, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Happy Father’s Day weekend! We’ve rounded up some fun and family-friendly things to do in the area. Check ‘em out!


This weekend, Turtle Back Zoo (560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange) will offer Father’s Day Camel Rides. Instead of riding a pony, take a ride on a camel! Camels will be available Friday through Sunday, from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Cost is $7 per ride after regular zoo admission.


The Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey (400 Fred Wehran Drive, Teterboro) will host an Open Cockpit Weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The display includes a variety of aircraft. Get an up-close look at these planes, helicopters, and more. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children and seniors. Access to the museum is included.


The 29th Annual Spring Fine Art and Crafts at Brookdale Park show will be held on Saturday and Sunday in Brookdale Park (473 Watchung Avenue, Montclair and Bloomfield). Open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, rain or shine, this event features over 150 fine artists and craftspeople sharing their work. Face painting will be available. Admission is free.

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Montclair Grass Roots Summer Camp Program Celebrating 50 Years Serving The Community

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 15, 2017 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Grass Roots Summer Camp Program is celebrating 50 years of serving the community with affordable, quality day camp!

From the hours of 9:00am to 3:00pm, Monday through Friday, children between the ages of 5 – 12 years old participate in a wide variety of outdoor activities such as baseball, kickball, tennis, basketball, water play, board games arts & crafts, and more!

Campers go swimming and on trips to many places such as bowling, roller skating, Monster Golf, New Jersey Explorer’s Museum, and Turtle Back Zoo, just to name a few! Lunch and an afternoon snack are also provided to campers at no additional cost. Before camp care starting at 8:00am and & after camp care extending to 5:30pm is also available. Continue Reading

Montclair Co-op Hosts Open Chess Tournament Sunday, June 18

BY  |  Tuesday, Jun 13, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Cooperative School, 65 Chestnut Street in Montclair, will host an Open Chess Tournament on Sunday, June 18. Doors open 8 a.m., first round begins 9 a.m. Fee is $40 at the door.

All students in grades 1-8, from any school, are eligible to compete. Trophies and ribbons will be awarded for top place finishers. Continue Reading

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