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First Day of Spring on Bloomfield Avenue

Ahhh, first day of Spring.You cold devil.As long as the snow doesn't kill my daffodil blooms, I can manage. Today, as you know, is the first day of Spring. It's the Vernal Equinox. Vernal is...

The Very Hungry Caterpiller Day

All around the world, people will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This childhood favorite, written and illustrated by Eric Carle, was first published in 1969.  Carle went on to illustrate...

Mom Confession: Do You Text & Drive?

Driving while texting or emailing is a really bad idea. But I got busted doing just that yesterday. It was a beautiful spring day in New Jersey, and I rolled my car window down halfway. I had both...

Mini Masterpieces: Your Child’s Artwork Here

My kids bring home a lot of artwork.Magnets don't stick to my stainless steel refrigerator, so I hang their masterpieces from strings tucked into our dining room windows. The problem is, I need more...

This Week’s Highlights: March 18 – 24

Spring officially arrives this week!  I don't know about you, but with its arrival, my energy returns and I want to get out and do more with my kids. As usual, Baristaville doesn't disappoint. Our...

St. Patrick’s Day: Will You Celebrate?

My daughter--who back home and on the mend--is still home from school. So I was thinking of driving her into the city to say hello to her daddy at work. That's better than another...

Dear Parents of Little Kids: They Grow Up Fast

Dear parents of little kids,Someday your mail will look like the photo at left. Yes, it's hard to imagine now, but someday Clark University, William & Mary, Brown, St. John's College and Rice will...

Hospital Release: 5 Things I’ll Miss About St. Barnabas

We have been dying to escape the place that probably saved Estelle's life. We are grateful for St. Barnabas. They worked hard to cure the bacterial infection that took over my 3-year-old's face. The...

Hospital Day 4: Contraband at St. Barnabas

My husband brought contraband to St. Barnabas. My 3-year-old daughter Estelle has been here since late Tuesday night, and she's been given every toy a 3-year-old could want to make her hospital stay more...

MHS Dancer Tells Us About This Weekend’s Show

Who needs Dancing with the Stars? I would much rather watch real teens dance this weekend from the Montclair High School Dance Company. Teens like junior Ava Kravitz, 16, hope you feel the same...

Hospital Day 3: Fearful of Friday the 13th?

As you may have noticed, today is Friday the 13th. This is our second such date in two months. I am not fearful of it, though. In fact, I think Friday the 13th might...

Summer Camps in Baristaville: Big Kids

Do you have a Tween or Teen? If you're not shipping them off to sleepaway camp this summer, this list of local day camp options will help.  There is a camp for all types of kids: the...

Hospital Day 2: Breakdown at St. Barnabas

My little daughter was admitted to St. Barnabas in Livingston late Tuesday evening. She is sleeping right now. Goodness knows she didn't sleep last night. She's not feeling well. In fact, I'd say her...

Summer Camps in Baristaville: Little Kids

It's hard to think about Summer when the temperature is in the mid 40's, but now is the time to start registering your kids for summer camp. Whether you're looking for full-time camps, half-day programs...