Bloomfield Animal Shelter to Hold “Kitten Shower”

BY  |  Friday, Apr 21, 2017 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Supporters of the Bloomfield Animal Shelter will host a “Kitten Shower” on May 6 and 7 from 12-3 p.m.

During this time only, interested adopters will be able to meet all available kittens (and their mothers) and learn about and complete a “Foster-to-Adopt” Application for the kitten(s) of their choice.

Approved adopters will then be notified within 7 days to arrange to pick up their kittens. Continue Reading

Montclair Police Need Info: Grove Convenience Store Robbery

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 20, 2017 4:54pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

On 04-19-2017 at approximately 1228Hrs, a male entered the Grove Convenience Store and leaned over the counter, removing cash from the register. This suspect then brandished what witnesses believed to be a knife and threatened to stab a store employee should he attempt to intervene. This subject fled the store, entering an older model blue vehicle, and headed eastbound on Oxford Street. This suspect is described as a black male, light complexion, thin build, cross eyed, short haircut with a goatee, wearing a gray zip down hooded sweatshirt, and light blue jeans. He is approximately 6’5” in height and 40-50yoa. There were no injuries reported. An unknown amount of cash was taken. This incident is under investigation.

Anyone with information, please contact Montclair Police Detectives at 973-509-7543

Real Talk Working Session, April 22

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Work toward a better Montclair with your neighbors at the Justice Coalition.

Spring Into Fitness! Free Event This Saturday, April 22

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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 www.mountainsidehosp.com/youfirst 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 Public Library Offers Small Business Boot Camp!

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Calling all local small business owners! Montclair Public Library (MPL) invites you to attend Small Business Boot Camp, a series of informative events to help you expand and grow your small business.

Throughout March and June, MPL will host classes led by several local organizations and professional consultants that aid New Jersey small business owners. Below is the upcoming schedule of events held at the Main Library:


NJ Division of Taxation & Small Business Administration

Monday, May 8 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Instructional workshop designed to educate small business owners, taught by NJ Division of Taxation representatives, Mike Kovacs and Rachel McGovern. Jennifer Krottinger, Business Opportunity Specialist at the NJ District Office of the Small Business Administration, will also be on hand to give a presentation on federal contracting information, requirements, eligibility, and certification for small business owners. Continue Reading

S.O.F.I.A. Chosen by Staples Associate to Receive $1000 Grant

BY  |  Monday, Apr 17, 2017 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (S.O.F.I.A.) has been awarded $1000 by Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., through a program called 2 Million & Change that allows Staples associates around the globe to direct more than $2 million in donations each year.

“We are so grateful and honored to accept this generous grant on behalf of our clients,” said Cynthia Walker, Executive Director of S.O.F.I.A. “Our volunteers and staff members work hard to help those affected by domestic violence move forward and heal from their experiences. When a volunteer or client recommends S.O.F.I.A. for a grant like this, it validates our efforts and ensures the vitality of future programs.” This grant will help fund the financial literacy and business skills programs S.O.F.I.A. offers throughout the year. Continue Reading

MFEE Hires Communications Director

BY  |  Monday, Apr 17, 2017 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence (MFEE) has hired Georgette Gilmore as its new communications director/project coordinator to work closely with MFEE executive director Masiel Rodriquez-Vars to support the Montclair Public Schools.

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Go Fish! Essex County’s 2017 Fishing Derbies Start in April

BY  |  Monday, Apr 17, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Get ready to go fish! Essex County’s 2017 Fishing Derbies start this month. The free events will be held in seven locations in the Essex County Park System.

Sponsored by the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, each derby is free and open to children ages 15 and younger. All children must be accompanied by an adult and bring their own fishing pole, bait, bucket and chair. Prizes in various age categories for catching the first and most fish will be awarded at the conclusion of each derby.

The fishing derbies will be held as follows: Continue Reading

Successful Matching Grants Program Leads to Expansion of Montclair Institute of Lifelong Learning (MILL)!

BY  |  Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Thanks to the generosity of the community and Partners for Health Foundation, opportunities for lifelong learning in Montclair are expanding! More than $50,000 was donated by local residents to the MILL Back to School Again matching grants campaign and each of these contributions will be matched by Partners for Health!

The MILL brings in-depth, high-level learning opportunities to 55+ adults and is a collaborative effort of the Montclair Public Library and its Adult School of Montclair Department, the Montclair Art Museum, the Montclair History Center and Montclair State University.

Since March of 2015, more than 60 classes have been offered in program areas that include the Arts, Health & Wellness, and History & Current Events. The MILL is an initiative of Lifelong Montclair, the Township of Montclair’s aging in place initiative, and is funded by Partners for Health Foundation.

According to Katie York, Director of Senior Services/Lifelong Montclair, Township of Montclair, “MILL classes are very popular and the demand for classes quickly outpaced the supply. In response to growing waiting lists and classes that had to turn away interested students, the MILL partners launched this collaborative fundraising campaign in 2016.”

Pam Scott, Executive Director of Partners for Health, adds, “The Foundation is pleased to provide these matching funds, and will continue to provide a dollar for dollar match of all donations to support the MILL in 2017.”
All MILL classes are free of charge, but registration is required through the Adult School Department of the Montclair Public Library. Visit http://partnersfdn.org/mill/.

Montclair Run Celebrates 35th Anniversary

BY  |  Friday, Apr 14, 2017 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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 https://www.raceforum.com/Montclair. 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 http://www.montclairymca.org/volunteer-montclair-run/. Volunteer registration closes May 6.

For further information about the Montclair Run, fundraising or volunteering, visit http://www.montclairymca.org/montclair-run/ or contact Washima Redding at [email protected] or 973-415-6111

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Yes, April is The Foolish Month. This might be the most inept Planning Board we have had in recent memory. They don't even now how to hold a public hearing. It is so Trump-like. Just the times.

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