Sponsored: Countdown to YMCA of Montclair Summer Camp Registration

BY  |  Friday, Feb 24, 2017 3:45pm

YMCA Of Montclair Summer Camp Registration

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5) Learn about the YMCA of Montclair summer camps available for youth and teens, ages 3-15. Campers enjoy sports, active games, swimming, arts, nature, special field trips and events, leadership development and more. Complete details about camps, fees, financial assistance, and registration can be found on our website Continue Reading

Weekend Family Highlights: A Year With Frog and Toad, Disney’s Choo-Choo Soul “With Genevieve,” The Magic Flute

BY  |  Friday, Feb 24, 2017 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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

Studio Playhouse (14 Alvin Place, Upper Montclair) will present Goldilocks on Trial for its second and final weekend. A fun show for the entire family, Goldilocks is on trial for breaking and entering. Judge Wallabee will decide her fate after hearing testimony from Goldee, the Three Bears, Merwin the Big Bad Wolf, and other familiar fairy tale characters. Performances will be at 1:30 and 3:30 on both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $8 per person.




On Saturday at 2:00 PM, NJPAC (1 Center Street, Newark) will host A Year with Frog & Toad, presented by Wally Jones and Casa Manana Theatre. This whimsical musical was a hit on Broadway and is based on Arnold Lobel’s beloved books. It tells the story of a friendship that weathers all seasons. Tickets are $15 – $29 per person. Continue Reading

Ease On Down To Bloomfield High School To See THE WIZ

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Gemma Eshelman as Evillene, center. Kneeling left: Keijon Davis. Cowering, right: Nick Perez, Amir Brown, Nina Cutchall, Camille Aquino.

Come on and ease on down the road to Bloomfield High School on the first weekend in March, as the curtain rises on the BHS Winter Musical production of THE WIZ, with a special preview performance for senior citizens on Wednesday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m.

THE WIZ is produced and directed by Brandon E. Doemling, with musical direction by Michelle Digaetano, choreography by Tracey Turner Turano, and orchestral direction by Claire Schlegel. More than half of the musicians providing live musical accompaniment will be Bloomfield High School student musicians, with 34 actors and a dozen crew members rounding out the company. Continue Reading

Montclair SEPAC Presentation on Self Regulation, 2/22

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 8:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair SEPAC’s next meeting will feature two guest speakers, Dr. Gerry Costa and Corinne Catalano from Montclair State University, who will give a presentation on Self Regulation: Reframing Challenging Behaviors Using the Lens of Self Regulation. The meeting will take place in the library of the Nishuane School, on Wednesday, February 22nd, 7:30pm.

Dr. Gerry Costa is Director, Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health, Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health. Corinne Catalano is the Assistant Director for Consultation Services, Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health.

All children, those with and without identified special needs, exhibit challenging behaviors at times. So do most adults. This workshop will engage participants in exploring sources of stress and anxiety that are often the underlying cause of challenging behaviors. The goal will be to discuss how we can shift our interventions to be focused on reducing stressors rather than just eliminating behaviors.

Get Ready For Hillside’s 29th Annual Free Community-Wide Swap, Saturday, 2/25

Saturday, Feb 18, 2017 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

You’ve got this long weekend to get ready before the 29th Free Community-Wide Swap. It’s happening at Hillside School (54 Orange Road, Montclair) next Saturday, 2/25. Drop off donations on February 24th from 4-6:30pm in the Hillside gym. Browse the free swap on Saturday the 25th from 9-11 am. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Highlights: Goldilocks on Trial, Peking Acrobats, Little Mermaid and More!

BY  |  Friday, Feb 17, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

President’s Day Weekend is here! Here are some of the best events happening in our area.


This weekend, Studio Playhouse will present Goldilocks on Trial, a fun show for the entire family. Goldilocks is on trial for breaking and entering. Judge Wallabee will decide her fate after hearing testimony from Goldee, the Three Bears, Merwin the Big Bad Wolf, and other familiar fairy tale characters. Performances will be at 1:30 and 3:30 on both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $8 per person.


On Saturday, NJPAC (1 Center Street, Newark) will present Peking Acrobats at 1:00 PM. Hailed as China’s most gifted tumblers, jugglers and gymnasts, these performers will amaze audiences with their bravery and dexterity. Tickets are $29-$59 per person. Continue Reading

Presidents’ Day Fun For Kids

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

YMCA of Montclair offers a full-day Staycation program for President’s Day, Monday February 21, for kids grades 1 to 6, with activities including gym time, games, swimming, crafts and more. Register by February 18.

President’s Day for Kids at Montclair History Center

Bring your kids to the Crane House and Historic YWCA and through hands-on activities and crafts, they’ll discover how our past presidents (and their wives and children) lived. Activities include an interactive timeline with artifacts, making a log cabin, hearth cooking, play-acting George Washington’s Rules of Civility by the hearth fire, making your own money, and a Symbols of Our Country scavenger hunt.

When: Monday, February 20, 10 am – Noon
Where: Crane House and Historic YWCA, 110 Orange Road, Montclair
Cost: $10/child
Registration is required by Thursday, February 16. Call 973-744-1796 or register on website. Continue Reading

Weekend Family Highlights: Peter & The Wolf, Family Date Night, Galumpha

BY  |  Friday, Feb 10, 2017 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Happy weekend! There are so many things to do around town and beyond. Here’s a sampling of the family-friendly events in our area.


Jenkinson’s Boardwalk (300 Ocean Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach) will host two Family Date Nights on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Spend the weekend before Valentine’s Day with an evening of family fun. A package for four ($49.95) includes admission for four to Jenkinson’s Aquarium, a plain pizza and a pitcher of soda at the Pavilion, a $10 PlayCard for the Pavilion Arcade, and 4 treats from the Sweet Shop. Additional family members are $10 each which includes aquarium admission and a treat from the Sweet Shop.


On Saturday, NJPAC (1 Center Street, Newark) will host two performances of Peter & the Wolf with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Each character in Prokofiev’s classic tale is represented by a specific theme and instrument, making this a wonderful introduction to the instruments of the orchestra, as well as a charming story. Tickets are $10-$20 per person. Performances are at 2:00 PM and 3:30 PM. Continue Reading

High School Students Can Serve On Montclair Film Festival’s Junior Jury

Friday, Feb 10, 2017 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Film Festival is offering students in grades 10 to 12 an exciting opportunity to serve on the 2017 Junior Jury. Jurors will meet industry professionals and will learn how to analyze and adjudicate films. They will receive MFF student memberships and VIP treatment with free access and reserved seats for select films. After deliberating and selecting the best film in its category, the jurors will present the Junior Jury Award as part of the Montclair Film Festival’s Award Ceremony on Saturday, May 6.

Students must be: Continue Reading

Montclair BOE: Improving World Languages, Budget Woes and Interim Superintendent Found

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 09, 2017 7:49am  |  COMMENTS (28)

The Montclair Board of Education discussed budget woes, videotaping of student teachers and a new interim superintendent to take over for current interim superintendent Ron Bolandi at its February 8 workshop meeting. The principal topic of the night, however, was reforming world language instruction. World-language consultant Jessica LaSusa explained her recommendations before the board and members of the public.

The Montclair Board of Education

LaSusa began by saying it was important for students to learn other languages to start with one language in kindergarten and stay with it through the end of middle school in order to reach what she called “novice-high” level ahead of continuing it in high school.  She said that it takes up to 540 hours of pre-high-school instruction to reach that level, but the elementary schools and the middle schools they correspond to reach only 290 to 300 hours at best, the exception being the Nishuane-Hillside-Glenfield continuum with 492 hours.   She advocated increased teacher training and development for the 2017-18 school year, with students and their families committed to staying with a single language and keeping languages consistent at the middle school level.  LaSusa found Mandarin, Spanish and French to be in the most widely taught languages at the high school level in Montclair, while languages such as German, Italian and Latin tended to draw fewer students.  (Watchung Middle Elementary School was omitted; LaSusa said this was her mistake.)

A breakdown of hours in world-language instruction in Montclair’s elementary and middle schools (Watching School was inadvertently excluded)

LaSusa said that ongoing professional development and a study of past data was important to improve language studies for the 2018-19 school year, and that class sections in one or two of the lesser languages could be eliminated to streamline the process and save money for critical-needs languages like Arabic and Hindi.  By the 2019-20 school year, benchmarks should be thoroughly implemented.  She said that there had to be a commitment from students and teachers alike.

Board member Joseph Kavesh asked if either Russian or Japanese could be considered critical-use languages instead, given their use in business instead.  LaSusa said that the choice of such languages was up to the board.  Board member Laura Hertzog expressed concern that three of the elementary-middle school streams were far behind Nishuane-Hillside-Glenfield. She asked if that should be changed and if ninth graders should be given placement tests to gauge how far along they are with world languages. Continue Reading

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The developer of the Seymour St project will install a big crosswalk between Fullerton & Willow. Unfortunately, the Township wants it in the wrong place.

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