Glen Ridge Brothers with Life-Threatening Illness Work to Change the Future for People With Type 1 Diabetes

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 21, 2017 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Jaime and Andy Norris, two Glen Ridge brothers with Type 1 Diabetes, are using their time and talents to change the future for people with the life-threatening autoimmune disease.

The boys on Saturday participated in the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes in Saratoga Springs, New York, with the goal of raising more than $15,000 for research to find a cure. And this summer, Jaime, a freshman at St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, and Andy, a 6th grader at Montclair Kimberly Academy, traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with congressional leaders as volunteers for JDRF Children’s Congress.

The two, supported by their parents, Alisa and Toby Norris, have also raised funds to support JDRF through the JDRF One Walk in Jersey City for the past eight years. The family has worked to raise awareness of the disease and has raised nearly $200,000 through the JDRF New Jersey Metro and Rockland County Chapter.

Both boys were diagnosed with the disease in 2008 — Jaime at the age of four and Andy at the age of three. T1D occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. While its causes are not entirely understood, scientists believe both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is no cure.

Both boys must check their blood sugar as often as 15 times a day and they require precise injections of insulin throughout the day to stay alive. Yet even the most vigilant efforts to keep blood sugar at normal levels can fail to prevent T1D complications, such as blindness, kidney disease and heart disease. Sleep can be anxiety-filled for parents of children with the disease because that’s often when dangerous, potentially catastrophic low-blood-sugar episodes can occur. Continue Reading

Calling All Kids! The Art (Imitates Life, Imitates Art) Parade: A Seed Artist Presentation

Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Kids will turn themselves into wild and colorful living works of art and parade, dance and sing through Downtown Montclair as led by a band of musicians from Seed Artists! Kids, just bring your wildest ideas and we’ll bring the art supplies and the artists and parents to help you become a life-size work of art. We’ll create on September 21 and finish up and parade through Downtown Montclair on September 22 at 6pm! Presented by Seed Artists in conjunction with the Montclair Public Library. Registration required. Continue Reading

Montclair Public Library Goes Back to School!

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 31, 2017 12:31pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Public Library’s Youth Services Staff is ready for school! Staff will be on hand at the back-to-school nights at Montclair Public Schools with information about all the library resources available to support your child’s educational needs.

Family Storytime @ Bellevue Avenue Branch

This program is designed for newborns through five year-olds accompanied by a favorite adult. Share books, stories, finger-plays, rhymes, and music with your children. Enjoy a story session that encourages a love of reading and fosters the development of early literacy skills. Children of all abilities welcome. Family Storytime takes place on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month. *Please note that registration is required for each individual storytime.
Registration required
Newborns to 5 year-olds
Wednesdays, September 6 & 20 at 11am
Kids Place @ Bellevue Avenue Branch Library, 185 Bellevue Ave., Upper Montclair
*Please note that the Library is not otherwise open during program. Continue Reading

Sponsored Post: Fusion Academy Opening Soon in Montclair!

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017 3:00pm

Fusion Academy is a private middle and high school where all 250+ classes are one-to-one: one student and one teacher per classroom. This unique education model was born over 28 years ago out of frustration with the status quo and the passionate belief in the power of positive relationships to unlock academic potential. But Fusion’s school model isn’t solely about the smallest class size possible, it’s about helping kids flourish not only academically, but emotionally and socially, too.

Many of our students feel they don’t ‘fit’ at a traditional school. That sense of not belonging can make school an uninspiring place to be. Fusion serves kids who aren’t flourishing in a conventional environment, and offers them a community where they feel connected, supported, and understood. This creates a perfect solution for kids who have mild learning differences or social anxiety, those who need a customized schedule, and those who are gifted and need to be more challenged.

One-to-One Works
You can’t hide in a one-to-one classroom. You aren’t competing with 40 other students to be heard. You aren’t afraid to speak up or be wrong because it’s just you and the teacher. And there’s no possibility of falling through the cracks. This is why one-to-one works. Continue Reading

Study Shows Girls On The Run Transforms Young Girls’ Lives

BY  |  Sunday, Aug 27, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Looking for an after-school activity that offers a safe space for girls to learn skills and be physically active? Girls on the Run offers this and so much more.

With more than 200,000 girls participating nationwide each year, Girls on the Run is an after-school activity that is far more than a running program. A recent study provides evidence that Girls on the Run is highly effective at helping girls in 3rd through 5th grades (ages 8 to 11) increase their physical activity while teaching critical life skills they can use at home, at school, and in their community. In fact, 97 percent of girls said that participating in Girls on the Run helped them learn to manage emotions, resolve conflicts, make intentional decisions, or help others.

Girls on the Run of New Jersey East is a nonprofit organization that serves more than 2,000 girls in Essex, Morris, Union, Burlington, and Mercer Counties each year. Its mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident. The program’s intentional curriculum places an emphasis on developing competence, confidence, connection, character, caring, and contribution in young girls through lessons that incorporate running and other physical activities. Throughout the course of the 10-week program, girls learn critical life skills including managing emotions, resolving conflict, helping others, and making intentional decisions. It is the combination of the research-based curriculum, trained coaches, and a commitment to serve all girls that sets Girls on the Run apart from other after-school programs.

The independent study was conducted by Maureen R. Weiss, Ph.D, a leading expert on youth development. “Girls on the Run participants scored higher in managing emotions, resolving conflict, helping others, and making intentional decisions than participants in organized sport or physical education,” confirms Weiss. “Being able to generalize skills learned in the program to other situations such as at school or at home is a distinguishing feature of Girls on the Run compared to traditional youth sports and school physical education, and suggests that the intentional life skills curriculum and coach-training program can serve as exemplars for other youth programs.”

For more information about fall registration for Girls on the Run, visit

Free 7th Grade Memberships To YMCA of Montclair!

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 24, 2017 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Middle schoolers, particularly in the 7th grade, need positive role models, recreation and activities to help them during this critical changing time in their lives. The YMCA of Montclair supports this widely held belief, which is why they offer a free program to 7th graders attending schools in the Y’s service area of Bloomfield, Cedar Grove, Clifton, Glen Ridge, Montclair and Verona.

Thanks to the support of donors in the community, up to 200 7th graders enjoy this program each year, which includes a free membership to the Y on a first-come, first-served basis. Continue Reading

The Geyer Family Branch of the YMCA of Montclair Announces Fall I Registration

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 23, 2017 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Geyer Family Branch of the YMCA of Montclair is offering lots of great new classes and old favorites for the fall and has revamped its Preschool Readiness Program just in time for back to school. Registration for the Fall I session begins Monday, August 28 for those with a family membership and Tuesday, August 29 for Kinder members and new members. The new session runs from September 11-October 29, 2017. Preschool Readiness registration is open now.

In addition to the popular swim, cooking, dance, art and gym classes offered for the Fall I session, the Geyer Family Branch has several new classes, including: School of Fish – Designed for preschoolers who are looking to expand their swimming ability, instructors will help children gain comfort in the water while working on basic swimming skills and safety.

Fun & Games – Got game? This class will offer old school games with a new twist, as well as, introduce kids to new games to promote teamwork, improve gross motor skills, and most importantly have fun!

Hola Bebe – Due to the popularity of its “Bonjour Bebe” class, Geyer Family branch is now offering a Spanish class! Children will be introduced to the Spanish language and culture in simple and enriching ways through hands-on activities using arts and crafts, games and more.

Chopped Junior – Little chefs with tremendous ambition are taking over the kitchen! Children will let their culinary imaginations run wild as they are tasked with creating a dish each week using a mystery basket of ingredients. Does your little chef have what it takes to make the cut? You be the judge.

Preschool Readiness Program
The Geyer Family Branch has also revamped its Preschool Readiness Program for fall. The YMCA’s Preschool Readiness Program provides a stimulating environment for children ages 2- 4 to play and learn while developing the physical, verbal, and social skills they’ll need to start school ready to succeed.

Each class consists of developmentally appropriate activities based upon class age. These activities include process art, hands-on science, small motor and gross motor skill building, interactive circle time and much more. Classes include Time for Twos, Thrills for Threes and More for Fours with the addition of a Lunch & Learn program and extended day offerings.

Registration is now open; stop by the Geyer Welcome Desk for more information. Information on classes and registration can be found on the Geyer Family Branch website:

Montclair High School Freshmen and New Rowers! MHS Crew Learn to Row Weekend, 8/26-27

Sunday, Aug 20, 2017 8:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Calling all Montclair High School freshmen and new rowers. MHS Freshmen Crew wants you. Attend a Learn to Row Weekend on August 26-27 at Nereid Boathouse, 350 Riverside Avenue, Rutherford, NJ.

No experience necessary; for information and registration, visit For more information, email Coach Lorna Rundle at [email protected]

After School Programs at Bergen Equestrian Center at Overpeck Park Boys & Girls 7 – 13

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 15, 2017 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Do your kids love horses? The Bergen Equestrian Center at Overpeck Park in Leonia offers after school programs for boys and girls 7–13 years old (no horse experience necessary). Students will learn about horses, grooming, equipment and how to prepare for riding. Students will have the opportunity to ride horses with a specially tailored lesson to match their ability and experience.

Activities for students also include fun filled afternoons playing games, painting horse shows, barn scavenger hunts, and making horse centric arts and crafts.

For more information, visit, 201.336.3370 or email at [email protected]

FIAF Introduces New French Language Program for Toddlers in Montclair

Monday, Aug 14, 2017 12:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

This fall the Montclair branch of the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) introduces a new fun, enriching French language program for toddlers: à petits pas Excellence for children ages 2½–4. Parents can choose to enroll their child for two, three, four, or five days a week, for a morning or afternoon session.

Specially crafted for children ages 2½-4, with or without previous exposure to French, à petits pas Excellence provides children with all the proven benefits of bilingualism, while preparing them with skills and tools for Kindergarten.

Building on the success and popularity of FIAF’s current à petits pas program for toddlers, à petits pas Excellence was created specifically to meet parents’ demand for a French language program that meets more than once a week. Featuring three-hour classes offered Mondays through Fridays, à petits pas Excellence offers parents the flexibility to choose as many days per week (two days minimum) and any combination of days that they prefer. Continue Reading

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