Grill Safely This Summer

Sunday, Jul 23, 2017 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

We love summer grilling, but please do it safely. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, grilling-related accidents cause an average of 8,900 fires and explosions annually, resulting in more than 16,000 emergency room visits, including some deaths. Although charcoal is generally considered safer than propane, both types of grills must be handled responsibly. Here are some grilling safety tips from Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center: Continue Reading

Free Outdoor Yoga Class Shuts Down Church Street in Montclair, 6/15

BY  |  Monday, Jun 05, 2017 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Have you ever done yoga outside with 300 of your yogi friends and neighbors? If you have, you know it’s incredible. If you haven’t, just wait till you experience the fresh air, outdoor sounds and amazing energy of the crowd in the 6th annual Yo-Tiki yoga class on Church Street in Montclair on Thursday, 6/15 at 7 pm. Continue Reading

Learn How To Reduce Tick and Mosquito-Borne Illnesses This Summer

Friday, Jun 02, 2017 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Summer’s almost here and Montclair Department of Health and Human Services wants residents to be aware of the dangers of tick and mosquito-borne illnesses. Join Rob Stone, CHES, for an informative session on how to prevent tick and mosquito-borne illnesses.

In this class (Thursday, June 8, at 3 pm) you will learn:

  • How to reduce exposure to tick and mosquito bites.
  • What a tick and mosquito-borne illness is.
  • Proper tick removal and disposal methods.

This program is intended for anyone who is interested in learning more about Lyme Disease, Zika Virus and methods to protect themselves from tick and mosquito bites.

Register here or call 973-744-0500 ext. 2235.

Get Ready To Hit The Pavement: Montclair Run Discounted Registration Ends May 29

BY  |  Friday, May 26, 2017 7:41pm

On June 4, the YMCA of Montclair and the Montclair Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department will host their 35th annual Montclair Run 10K along with a 2 mile family fun run/walk. Proceeds benefit scholarships for community programming. This year’s 10K run lead sponsor is the Bravitas Group Inc.

In addition to the two races, there will be a health and wellness fair, sports massages, music, activities for kids, and a moonwalk.

If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time.

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Dr. Jeanine Downie Offers Free Skin Cancer Screenings May 18 at Red Cross in Montclair

BY  |  Monday, May 15, 2017 10:00am

May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month and Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Jeanine Downie of Montclair will visit the American Red Cross to perform free skin cancer screenings.

Dr. Jeanine Downie urges community residents to become more aware of changes in skin lesions and is encouraging community members to schedule an appointment for a free skin cancer screening for Thursday, May 18 between 7:00 and 9:00 the Red Cross office located at 63 Park Street in Montclair.

The skin cancer screening will consist of a close visual inspection of the body skin by a physician assistant. Screenings typically start at the face and hairline, moving to the rest of the body down to the bottoms of the feet. The process takes only a few minutes and is painless.

Appointments are required and may be made by calling 973-746-1800. Screening gowns are generously donated by Keil’s of Montclair.

Run or Walk in MKA’s Annual 5K, Now Named The Fleming 5K, on May 7

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 3:00pm

MKA Middle School 8th grade students are coordinating the Fleming 5K Run/Walk/Kid’s Dash in memory of Bloomfield’s own hometown hero and beloved teacher, coach, colleague, and friend, Tom Fleming. All proceeds will go to Human Needs Food Pantry of Montclair, New Jersey and Special Olympics New Jersey, a charity near and dear to Tom’s heart. Register to run or walk on Sunday, May 7th at Brookdale Park.

Spring Into Fitness! Free Event This Saturday, April 22

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 3:00pm

It’s never too late to make healthy changes in your life. And regular physical activity and exercise are important to the mental and physical well-being of people of all ages. Even if you’ve never had a regular exercise routine, the Spring Into Fitness event on Saturday, April 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., can help get you on the right track.

Presented by HackensackUMC Mountainside and the Women’s Health Advisory Committee, experts will be demonstrating a variety of fitness routines from power stretching to calisthenics, answering your questions, and providing guidance. Whether you are a beginner or an exercise enthusiast, you can decide which ones best suit your interests and your lifestyle.

This is a free, interactive workshop that’s open to men and women. Attendees are asked to dress comfortably and bring their own mats or towels so they can participate along with the experts. Breakfast, snacks and lunch will be provided.

“Spring Into Fitness provides a great opportunity for people to try different kinds of exercise – for free – and discover which ones they enjoy. Exercise shouldn’t be a chore, it should be something enjoyable so that you can easily integrate it into your daily routine. And the best part is that it doesn’t matter if you’ve been sedentary for years, you can still exercise your way to fitness and a healthier lifestyle.” said Gayon Hyatt, M.D., MPH, member of the Women’s Health Advisory Committee.

For a complete event schedule and breakdown of sessions, visit or call 888-973-4674.

SPRING INTO FITNESS – Presented by the Women’s Health Advisory Committee, HackensackUMC Mountainside
When: Saturday, April 22, 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Where: The Salvation Army, 13 Trinity Place, Montclair – Ample onsite parking available

Event Schedule:

8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Welcome

9:15 a.m. Fit Forever with Kirk Charles

9:40 a.m. The Essence of Yoga with Lucy Ocampo, Yoga Alliance

10:05 a.m. Evidence-based Warmup with HackensackUMC Mountainside Physical Therapy Dept.

11:20 a.m. Calisthenics with Fit by Aaron

11:45 a.m. Power Stretch with Hakika DuBose

12:10 p.m. Lunch

Montclair Run Celebrates 35th Anniversary

BY  |  Friday, Apr 14, 2017 1:30pm

The YMCA of Montclair and the Montclair Recreation Department are pleased to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Montclair Run, which has become a popular race tradition in the Greater Montclair community.

This year’s race, set for Sunday June 4, promises to be just as successful as last year’s, which drew a crowd of over 1,400 runners, walkers and volunteers.

“This is an incredible event and we’re making a few enhancements this year,” says Washima Redding, Senior Health and Wellness Director at the YMCA of Montclair. Washima took over as race co-director from Carol Kearney who recently retired from the YMCA. “Before heading into retirement, Carol ensured that the race became certified, so we’re making minor changes to our 10K route to meet those requirements. Second, advance registration will be online only. Third, participants can use online tools to help raise funds for scholarships individually or with a team.”

“The Montclair Run appeals to runners and walkers of all abilities,” says Pat Brechka, the Montclair Recreation Department Director and race co-director. “It’s a family friendly event that helps promote a healthy lifestyle. And, participants are raising money for a good cause that supports the community.”

For the 2017 race, all runners must register online prior to midnight on May 29. Online registration is now open at Same day in person registration at the YMCA of Montclair will be available from 7-9 am on race day.

Funds raised make it possible for the YMCA of Montclair to fulfill its mission to strengthen individuals, families, and community by developing spirit, mind, and body. The YMCA of Montclair offers financial assistance for childcare, summer camp, membership, and other programs to ensure opportunities for everyone to grow and thrive. The Montclair Run also makes it possible for the Montclair Recreation Department to offer scholarships for those in need in the community.

In addition to the two races, there will be a health and wellness fair, sports massages, music, activities for kids, and a moonwalk.

Both the YMCA and the Montclair Recreation Department are dedicated to helping the community improve their health and wellness. The Montclair Run is a great way for everyone to kick off the start of the summer. More than 1,400 runners, walkers, volunteers, and spectators of all ages are expected to participate.

Race Day Schedule

7-9am Registration/Check-In
8:30am 2-Mile Fun Run/Walk starts in front of the YMCA
9-11am Family Fun Activities (wellness & health fair, free sports massages, DJ, games, and a moonwalk)
9:30am 10K Run starts in front of the YMCA
11am Awards
The races begin and end in front of the YMCA of Montclair, 25 Park Street, Montclair.

This year’s 10K run lead sponsor is the Bravitas Group Inc. They are longtime generous supporters of the YMCA. “Because the Y is there to serve the needs of the community, we want to be there for the Y so they have the resources to do just that,” says Rhonda Silver of the Bravitas Group, who also serves on the YMCA Board of Directors.

“We have many wonderful sponsors who support us year after year,” says YMCA of Montclair CEO Jo Ann Short. “We couldn’t do all that we do to strengthen the community without their support.”

The Montclair Run is seeking energetic, hardworking volunteers to assist with the Montclair Run. To sign up to volunteer, visit Volunteer registration closes May 6.

For further information about the Montclair Run, fundraising or volunteering, visit or contact Washima Redding at [email protected] or 973-415-6111

YMCA of Montclair Park Street Branch Announces Spring 2 Programs

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017 10:30am

The YMCA of Montclair believes you can achieve your full potential and wants to provide the support you need to live a healthy, fulfilled life. With the array of programs offered weekly, there are plenty of opportunities to pursue your passion, learn a new skill, create new connections and so much more. Continue Reading

National Youth Recovery Foundation and YMCA of Montclair Form ASPIRE​ Recovery Program for Young Adults

BY  |  Friday, Apr 07, 2017 1:00pm

ASPIRE​ Recovery Program

National Youth Recovery Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports young people up to age 30 in recovery from drugs and alcohol. Cathie Hartnett, the Executive Director and Montclair resident, established a partnership with the YMCA in Montclair to developed a pilot program called ASPIRE (Achieving Sobriety by Promoting an Insightful Recovery Experience), which is funded in part by Partners for Health Foundation.

ASPIRE is a community based life-skill oriented program for people between the ages of 18 and 30 who have six months or more of recovery from addiction to drugs or alcohol. What makes ASPIRE different from many recovery programs, is that it is not associated with treatment, aftercare, Alcoholics Anonymous or any other recovery program. Instead, life, health and community are the key components. And since recovery is an ongoing, long-term process, an important element is building a community and a network for recovery that will last a lifetime. Following the three-month intensive ASPIRE program there is a nine monthly meeting follow-up phase.

Harnett says the YMCA has been amazing with their willingness to invite this portion of the community into their organization. Local professionals, many who have been in recovery for years, also have joined to make ASPIRE a success.

“ASPIRE helps participants feel relevant in life,” says YMCA of Montclair CEO Jo Ann Short. “Given the right tools, those in recovery from addiction to drugs or alcohol, can be set up for success and get back on track to develop sustainable relationships and make their mark. ASPIRE provides these things in a stigma free environment.”

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It's a shame that this happened. Michael Pavel came up with a plan for Charlie Brown's that worked out great and lived up to his presentations. Following it up with this is like a movie director who makes a movie that wins the Best Picture Oscar and follows it up with a film that gets ten Razzie nominations. :(

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