New Multiple Sclerosis Program At The YMCA Of Montclair

BY  |  Monday, Sep 11, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

In northern New Jersey, there are more than 5,500 people who have Multiple Sclerosis (MS) according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. That’s why as a service to the community, the YMCA of Montclair is offering One Step At The YMCA in partnership with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to help those with MS manage the disease.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society says exercising is helpful in managing and calming many MS symptoms and minimizing the risk of certain complications. One Step is designed to help those with all four major types of MS — Relapsing-remitting, Secondary-progressive, Primary-progressive and Progressive-relapsing.

The inaugural cohort of One Step started in June and completes its first run in mid- September. It was launched thanks to a generous $7,500 grant from The Provident Bank Foundation.

“Donations such as this one from The Provident Bank Foundation help make life changing experiences possible for those in our community,” says Tim Weidman, Interim President and CEO of the YMCA of Montclair. “Their gift helps support the Y and enables us to provide this new addition to our chronic disease management programs, which also include LIVESTRONG for cancer survivors and a Diabetes Exercise Program.”

Regular participants in the 12-week One Step program showed increased flexibility, leg strength, arm strength and balance. Participants also say they feel good and look forward to class so they are around people dealing with the same physical, mental and emotional issues that accompany the disease. Continue Reading

Glow After Dark Event Hits The YMCA of Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Sep 01, 2017 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

On Saturday, September 16, the YMCA of Montclair is holding Glow After Dark, a healthy way for those over age 18 to get their glow on. From 7-10pm, at the Y’s Park Street Branch (25 Park Street in Montclair) attendees, can glow in the dark while doing their best Standing Climb, Downward Dog or Merengue. Tickets are $10 per person and open to the community.

The event includes Glow In The Dark Cycling, Yoga & Zumba. It also includes an opportunity for attendees to enjoy a water exercise class, swim clinic (for triathletes and those who want to improve their overall swim time) or experience the Y’s lap swimming. Lights will be on for aquatic activities and swim caps are required for participation.

After exercising, attendees can socialize over mocktails and appetizers and will be entered into a raffle to win prizes.

Suggested dress is white or neon to help attendees who want to get their glow on under the black lights. Upon arrival, participants will also receive free glow sticks and body paint to help them glow during their workouts. Continue Reading

Free Yoga in Verona Park

BY  |  Friday, Aug 04, 2017 3:13pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Verona Mayor’s Wellness Campaign has teamed up with Verona Yoga to bring you complimentary yoga classes outside in Verona Park for the month of August. Classes are taught at the absolute beginner level but are appropriate for all levels.

Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings starting August 9th from 6:30pm-7:15pm. If you have your own mats, please feel free to bring them otherwise some will be provided for you. Please meet at 6:20pm at the corner entrance of Bloomfield Ave. and Lakeside Ave.

Organizers ask that you send a quick email to Steven Neale at to register for the program. Please read this Yoga in the Park Flyer for additional information.

A New Helpline For Geriatric Mental Health Issues

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 02, 2017 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Integrative Geriatric Services at Mountainside Medical Center, a community-based resource devoted exclusively to the needs of seniors with behavioral disorders, has a new helpline, (973) 429-6073, tailored for the elderly population (ages 65 +).

This helpline provides consultation for support of the older individual who may be experiencing behavioral health concerns.

Support is provided by clinical team specializing in the field of geriatric mental health health issues. The confidential helpline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Grill Safely This Summer

Sunday, Jul 23, 2017 11:45am

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

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

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.

HOW TO REGISTER Continue Reading

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.

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And we can get this project completed in time for Montclair's sesquicentennial when we can stick a fork into historic preservation as a public policy.

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