Toni’s Kitchen To Celebrate 35th Anniversary with Gala Dinner & Auction

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Toni’s Kitchen, the food ministry of St. Luke’s Church and Montclair’s vital hunger relief and prevention program, will celebrate its 35th Anniversary with a Gala Fundraising Dinner and Auction. The event will take place at 7:00 PM, on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Upper Montclair Women’s Club, 200 Cooper Ave. Upper Montclair, NJ 07043.

The Gala’s theme, “35 Years of Tending Our Community”, speaks to Toni’s Kitchen’s and St. Luke’s unwavering mission to provide food and services to neighbors in ways that respect their dignity, improve health and foster independence.

Toni’s Kitchen has served meals without interruption since its inception in 1982, despite challenges to resources and operations.   Almost 70,000 meals were provided on-site and through its outreach programs in 2016; a 32% increase over the prior year. It’s a statistic that doesn’t surprise director Anne Mernin. Continue Reading

Ying Fang To Perform With Montclair Orchestra

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Orchestra will present soprano Ying Fang as featured soloist for its inaugural concert on October 22nd. Ms. Fang will sing the solo vocal role in the finale of Mahler’s 4th symphony on the program.

Ms. Fang is a rising star in the opera world, having performed with th Metropolitan Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, the Ravinia Festival in Italy, and at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France. She most recently performed the soprano solo in Mahler’s 4th symphony this summer with the New York Philharmonic. Ms. Fang will be joining the Montclair Orchestra between performances at the MET Opera in New York, and National Opera at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

“Ying Fang is an incredibly talented singer, and brings a caliber of performance to Montclair that will set high standards for our organization from the very start” says Montclair Orchestra President Andre Weker. “Combined with the level of talent presented by our professional orchestra members, student fellows, and avocational musicians, the organization is poised to provide an incredible level of artistry in the inaugural concert, as well as throughout the season.” Continue Reading

Montclair Film Launches 505 Film + Friends Program

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017 4:27pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Montclair Film today announced the launch of 505 FILM + FRIENDS, a new, inclusive sensory-friendly screening and socializing group for young people. The program will feature film screenings, discussions for small groups, and opportunities to socialize and meet new friends in the warm, welcoming environment of Montclair Film’s Cinema505. The groups meet twice monthly, with Teens aged 14-18 meeting on Fridays from 4:00pm – 7:00pm, and Young Adults aged 18-26 meeting on Sundays from 6:00pm – 9:00 pm.

Using the medium of film, students will be provided with the opportunity to explore their own real-life challenges and begin to learn about film and filmmaking. Discussions will integrate film vocabulary such as narrative, theme, main and supporting characters, set design, costume design, continuity, careers, genres, as well as storytelling techniques.

Montclair Film + Education is partnering with Dr. David Steinke, PhD, School Psychologist & Private Practice, Melissa Schaffer, Arts Educator, BFA Theatre Arts, Theatre, Music, Certified Movement Specialist, Playwright, and Dr. Priya Lalvani, Advisor, PhD, Associate Professor of Disability Studies, Montclair State University, who will be providing facilitation and advisory services for all 505 Film + Friends programs.

“Montclair Film always seeks to reach a broad range of audiences through the power of film,” said Montclair Film Education Director Sue Hollenberg. “505 Film + Friends provides a positive, thought-provoking, and welcoming environment for people with and without disabilities to leverage the magic of movies to inspire creativity, develop social skills, build confidence, and make connections.”

To see a complete schedule and register for 505 Film + Friends, visit and select the appropriate age group for your needs.

Scholarships are Available for Qualified Students. To apply, visit

Bloomfield & Newark Mayors to Help Bag For Hunger at Shoprite

BY  |  Monday, Sep 18, 2017 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bloomfield and Newark Mayors will partner with ShopRite to help bag hunger this Wednesday, September 20. In recognition of September’s National Hunger Action Month, ShopRite hosts an annual ShopRite Partners In Caring “Help Bag Hunger” day. Local dignitaries, community leaders and athletes help raise awareness for the issue of hunger by bagging groceries at their local ShopRite stores.

Nearly 50 million Americans, including more than 16 million children, suffering from food insecurity, ShopRite is helping to raise awareness and inspire action within their local communities through its hunger-fighting initiative, ShopRite Partners In Caring, a year-round, community based program that provides funds to local food banks.

To recognize this special day, Mayor Michael Venezia will bag groceries for customers at the Brookdale ShopRite, on Wednesday, from 1-2 p.m.

Mayor Ras J. Baraka will bag groceries to “Help Bag Hunger” on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m., at the ShopRite of Newark, located at 206 Springfield Ave., in Newark’s Central Ward. Continue Reading

Montclair Public Library & Foundation’s Open Book/Open Mind Series Presents Katy Tur in Conversation with Tom Johnson, 10/13

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On Friday, Oct. 13th, 2017, Katy Tur will discuss current political events and her latest book Unbelievable: My Front Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in History with executive news editor Tom Johnson.

Katy Tur is a correspondent for NBC News and an anchor for MSNBC. She was the recipient of a 2017 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism. Unbelievable is her darkly comic, fascinatingly bizarre, and often scary story of being on the campaign trail. She details what it was like to be there as it all happened; inside a no-rules world where reporters were spat on, demeaned, and discredited.  Continue Reading

Bloomfield Township Raising Funds to Assist Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort

BY  |  Sunday, Sep 17, 2017 11:02am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Township of Bloomfield is helping to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. In conjunction with the Bloomfield Police Department, Bloomfield Fire Department, Department of Health and Human Services, Bloomfield has partnered with the Neighbor to Neighbor Network (NTNN) to raise funds for the Greater Houston Community Foundation (GHCF). A letter (attached) has been disseminated to all municipal Department Directors, and the Department of Health and Human Services has sent the letter to local faith based organizations and daycare centers, while Bloomfield Police Officers have distributed the letter to all local schools.

“Bloomfield has, and always will be a community of civic minded people who want to assist areas in need, whether local or far away,” said Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia. “We have identified the Greater Houston Community Fund as one of the organizations making a big difference due to their assistance after previous natural disasters, and we are encouraging Bloomfield residents to consider making tax deductible contributions to the Hurricane Harvey relief effort.” Continue Reading

Giveaway: YES featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman at NJPAC

BY  |  Friday, Sep 15, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Accept no substitutes! Don’t miss the reunion of YES bandmates Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin & Rick Wakeman at NJPAC!

This legendary progressive rock unit brings an evening of greatest hits and more. For over four decades now, the iconic albums of YES have sold well over 13 million copies in the U.S. alone. Regarded as masterpieces of progressive rock, those albums also spawned a series of durable, chart-topping hits: “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” “Roundabout,” “Leave It,” “Love Will Find a Way,” “Starship Trooper,” “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Rhythm of Love,” and a whole lot more.

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Indie Arts Montclair Logo Design Contest!

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 14, 2017 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The newly formed collective made up of local artists, musicians, and community activists, Indie Arts Montclair (I AM), is in need of a logo that represents their mission. A logo design contest is being held and is open to all local residents who would like to participate.

Contestants are invited to create a logo using the medium of their choice. The logo must include the words “Indie Arts Montclair” and artists should keep in mind that the design will be used in print, website, and social media formats. Full contest rules and details can be found at Continue Reading

Montclair Library to Hold Community Meetings on Future Programs and Services

BY  |  Monday, Sep 11, 2017 12:41pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Public Library will be holding two community forums for residents to share their thoughts about the programs and services offered by the Library. The forums will be held Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 7 pm in the Auditorium of the Main Library (50 S. Fullerton) and Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 7 pm on the main floor of the Bellevue Avenue Branch (185 Bellevue Avenue).

“These meetings will give Library users a chance to share what they like about our programs and what they want to see in the future,” said Library Director Peter Coyl. “As we look to forward we want to offer the classes and services the community wants and needs. We welcome the feedback and involvement of our customers.” Continue Reading

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

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