YMCA of Montclair Dolphins Swim Team Tryouts

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 01, 2017 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Mark your calendar! Tryouts for the YMCA of Montclair Dolphins Swim Team are September 5-7. The Dolphins offer a year-round opportunity for swimmers ages 6 through high school to participate in both YMCA and USA swimming competitions. Swimmers are strongly encouraged to attend all 3 days of tryouts. Swim team is a great opportunity for kids to learn how to set goals and work to achieve them.

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Two Indian Block Printing Programs For Kids and Teens at Montclair Public Library, August 8

BY  |  Monday, Jul 31, 2017 12:31pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Don’t miss two traditional Indian Block Printing programs at Montclair Public Library, presented by Enjoy Explore India. Both are on Tuesday, August 8th.

Traditional Wood Block Printing Workshop with Enjoy Explore India (ages 6-11)

Use individually hand carved wood blocks by folk artists of Enjoy Explore India to create your own unique print design! The modern wood block designs included in these kits are a fun way for youth to relate to an ancient art form. Explore how the art of block printing connects us all and how cultures have used its potential in mass producing printed textiles and even revolutionized the way we share knowledge. Join us for an afternoon to explore your creativity and block printing skills!

Registration required
Ages 6-11
Tuesday, August 8 at 1pm

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Cool Down At New Essex County Watsessing Spray Park!

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 20, 2017 2:30pm

Two playgrounds in Essex County Watsessing Park were completed today — just in time for kids to cook down during a week of hot wather. Water spray equipment was installed near Dodd Street and a cargo net climber and other new equipment have been installed at the play area near Prospect Street.

Standing in the Spray Park with Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and children at the official opening are Essex County Chief of Staff Phil Alagia, Friends of Watsessing Park President Gouri Sadhwani, Bloomfield Councilman Carlos Pomares, Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia, Bloomfield Council members Nicholas Joanow and Ted Gamble, Freeholder President Britnee Timberlake, Freeholder Cynthia Toro and Essex County Parks Director Dan Salvante. The upgrades are part of the County Executive’s ongoing initiative to provide modern facilities to meet the needs of the community.

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Montclair Art Museum Receives Program Support From The Montclair Foundation

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 19, 2017 2:45pm

The Montclair Art Museum (MAM) is grateful to The Montclair Foundation for its generous program support of ArtLink, a longstanding partnership between MAM and the Montclair Board of Education that invites students in grades 2 and 3 to explore the Museum and make connections to classroom themes, including storytelling and science.

ArtLink is a dynamic, integrative program linking Montclair students and teachers to the Museum. First, a MAM educator introduces relevant themes and art vocabulary in a pre-visit to the classroom, complemented by a comprehensive curriculum packet for further exploration. Then, students partake in a guided tour and inquiry-based conversation at the Museum, followed by a studio workshop where the children respond creatively to their experience. A staff development workshop at MAM for both classroom and art teachers further encourages the practice of making cross-curricular connections. Continue Reading

Operation Backpack: Fill A Backpack And Help A Child In Need

BY  |  Friday, Jul 14, 2017 7:12am

Operation Backpack is back again in Montclair this year. This year’s collection drive runs through August 4th. It’s Kimya Nilsen’s third year collecting backpacks in Montclair for this drive. The first year she collected 30 backpacks. Last year, she was able to donate 70 filled backpacks and more than $2000. This year’s goal is 100 backpacks and $3000.

Filled backpacks can be dropped off at the Park Street or Geyer branches of the Montclair YMCA (collection bins are in the lobby)
Monetary contributions can be made to the Montclair Team Crowdwise site.

Students in 12 Volunteer of America shelters in Northern New Jersey benefit from Operation Backpack.

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Superhero Summer Club with S.O.F.I.A. at Brookdale Park

BY  |  Monday, Jul 10, 2017 10:30am

The Superhero Summer Club will bring children in the community together with fun, team building, superhero themed activities. The activities, facilitated by the Superhero Summer Club Volunteer Team, will promote positive interactions with peers, healthy self-esteem, and social skills. Every child is a superhero!

When: Sunday, July 30 & Sunday, August 27, 2017; 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Where: The Children’s Playground, Brookdale Park, Montclair-Grove St.entrance
Who: Children ages 6-12 years. Caregivers must be present for the entire session. Participation is encouraged.
Cost: FREE! Pre-registration is required. Register via email info@supportsofia.org.

Please bring a water bottle, sunscreen, and bug spray. This event is organized by S.O.F.I.A.

StoryFaces, For Tweens and Teens, Coming To Montclair Public Library

Monday, Jul 03, 2017 8:00am

Christopher Agostino’s StoryFaces — Tales of Transformation and Wonder, a cool library program for tweens and teens, is coming to Montclair Public Library on Tuesday, July 11 at 4 p.m.

Agostino is a painter and a storyteller, and the stories come to life on the faces of the audience in an innovative performance, an inspiring fusion of theatre and visual arts. StoryFaces is an exciting and unusual storytelling show in which volunteers are brought on stage and face painted to illustrate stories as Christopher tells them, captivating the audience with folktales and his uniquely animated original stories — ranging from the comic adventure of The Amazing Face Story to the heroic tale of Punia and the King of the Sharks.


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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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My Role as a Postpartum Doula:
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.

No Secrets Here: You Know Who You Are Hiring:
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!




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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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 camp@newarkmuseum.org / 973.596.6637, for more information. Register online here.




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