Glen Ridge Brothers with Life-Threatening Illness Work to Change the Future for People With Type 1 Diabetes

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Jaime and Andy Norris, two Glen Ridge brothers with Type 1 Diabetes, are using their time and talents to change the future for people with the life-threatening autoimmune disease.

The boys on Saturday participated in the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes in Saratoga Springs, New York, with the goal of raising more than $15,000 for research to find a cure. And this summer, Jaime, a freshman at St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, and Andy, a 6th grader at Montclair Kimberly Academy, traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with congressional leaders as volunteers for JDRF Children’s Congress.

The two, supported by their parents, Alisa and Toby Norris, have also raised funds to support JDRF through the JDRF One Walk in Jersey City for the past eight years. The family has worked to raise awareness of the disease and has raised nearly $200,000 through the JDRF New Jersey Metro and Rockland County Chapter.

Both boys were diagnosed with the disease in 2008 — Jaime at the age of four and Andy at the age of three. T1D occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. While its causes are not entirely understood, scientists believe both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is no cure.

Both boys must check their blood sugar as often as 15 times a day and they require precise injections of insulin throughout the day to stay alive. Yet even the most vigilant efforts to keep blood sugar at normal levels can fail to prevent T1D complications, such as blindness, kidney disease and heart disease. Sleep can be anxiety-filled for parents of children with the disease because that’s often when dangerous, potentially catastrophic low-blood-sugar episodes can occur. Continue Reading

Look Who’s Bagging at ShopRite To Fight Hunger in Bloomfield and Newark

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 21, 2017 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

ShopRite customers were treated to some special baggers when Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia, along with Councilman Nick Joanow, bagged groceries Wednesday at Brookdale ShopRite as part of ShopRite’s “Help Bag Hunger” initiative for National Hunger Action Month.

Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka also helped bag hunger at ShopRite of Newark, to the delight of customers. The local officials helped ShopRite with its goal to raise awareness for the issue of hunger.

Nearly 50 million Americans, including more than 16 million children, suffering from food insecurity. Twenty percent of the value of all the groceries bagged by the guest baggers went to benefit the company’s Partners in Caring program.

Montclair Crime: Aggravated Assault on Police Officer, Arrests, Burglary/Theft

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 21, 2017 12:10pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The week in crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:


09/13/17 (Maple Avenue) Montclair Police received a BOLO from Bloomfield Police regarding a vehicle that had fled on their officers for motor vehicle offenses.  Montclair officers located the suspect, Chase Carter (27yoa from Montclair) in the fleeing vehicle.  Mr. Carter exited his vehicle and confronted the officers, shoving one of them.  These two officers attempted to arrest and handcuff Mr. Carter, to which he resisted.  Additional officers responded and were then successful in handcuffing this individual.  During the arrest, one of the officers sustained a hand injury. Bloomfield Police issued motor vehicle summonses based on the initial event.  Montclair Police charged Mr. Carter with Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer and Resisting Arrest. Continue Reading

Studio Montclair Takes Street Level Retail Space at The Montclarion at Bay Street

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Studio Montclair, a non-profit organization that hosts exhibits of professional and emerging artists, has signed a lease to occupy a 1,100 square-foot studio in the ground-floor retail space at The Montclarion at Bay Street Station, according to Richard Polton, a member of the development team. The Studio Montclair space, located at 127 Bloomfield Ave, will feature a gallery, meeting facilities, workshops and offices for Studio Montclair. There will also be eight large street front windows programmed for public art displays.

For two decades plus Studio Montclair has promoted culture and education in the visual arts in northern New Jersey through events, community programs, development workshops, lectures and talks, as well as curated art exhibits.

“We’re delighted Studio Montclair has decided to call The Montclarion at Bay Street Station home,” Polton says. “This is a wonderful fit for both the organization, the neighborhood and residents of the building. This growing arts organization will unquestionably enliven the Eastern Gateway area of Montclair and bring a range of activities to the neighborhood. We’re excitedly looking forward to a variety of openings, displays, sales and other art related activities that will engage a wide audience.” Continue Reading

Weekend Arts & Entertainment Calendar: September 21 – 24

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Lots of great local events to enjoy this weekend! From live music and concerts, to comedy and theater, to films and social events, this is your guide to what’s happening:
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Montclair’s S.O.F.I.A. Raises Over $13,000 At 7th Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

On Saturday, September 9, 2017, Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (S.O.F.I.A.) held its 7th Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence in Montclair’s beautiful Canterbury Park. Walk participants and sponsorships raised over $13,000 to support S.O.F.I.A.’s programs. This year’s Grand Marshall was Lena Cohen, a domestic violence survivor, speaker, life coach, author, and CEO of You’re Beautiful Honie, LLC. Ms. Cohen gave an inspirational and uplifting speech and led the Walk in style.

S.O.F.I.A. is grateful to this year’s PLATINUM sponsor The Allstate Foundation and especially the office of Neil Greco in Roseland, NJ. The Allstate agents who attended presented S.O.F.I.A. with a check representing an additional grant of $11, 000 (photo attached), over and above their sponsorship of the 7th Annual Walk Against Domestic Violence. This generous support will directly impact our community with services, education, and awareness raising events. SOFIA also thanks our GOLD Sponsor, Supreme Energy, Inc., which has been a longtime sponsor over the years.  

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Montclair Animal Shelter Pet of The Week: Bert & Ernie

BY  |  Monday, Sep 18, 2017 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Introducing…BERT & ERNIE!!! Totally adorable! They will be available for adoption in 2 weeks, so get your applications in now. They are the cutest little lab/bulldog/pitt mixes ever! Contact the Montclair Township Animal Shelter at 973-744-8600 for more information.

Jewish High Holidays Services Round Up 2017

BY  |  Friday, Sep 15, 2017 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Jewish High Holidays

The Jewish High Holidays begin with Rosh Hashanah, aka the Jewish New Year 5778, starting at sundown on September 20. For many Jewish families, it is a holiday of reflection and renewal, as well as a time to share a holiday meal with family and friends. It is followed by a sacred 10-day period that culminates in Yom Kippur on September 29, the Jewish Day of Atonement, notable for its 24-hour fast.

Here is a roundup of local High Holidays services:

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Weekend Arts & Entertainment Calendar: September 14 – 17

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Lots of great local events to enjoy this weekend! From live music and concerts, to comedy and theater, to films and social events, this is your guide to what’s happening:

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Upper Montclair Sidewalk Sale and Fine Arts & Crafts Fair in Anderson Park, 9/16!

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Shop Upper Montclair this Saturday and enjoy the biggest sales of the year at the 41st annual Upper Montclair Sidewalk Sale. There will be face painting, tag sales, terrific bargains and fun events like The Little Daisy Bake Shop’s 2nd Annual Pie-Eating Contest at 1pm (on the front lawn at St. James Church, Valley Road & Bellevue).

The Montclair Board of Education will have a table at the Upper Montclair sidewalk sale, from noon to 4 p.m. The table will be located near the corner of Bellevue and Valley. Members of the BOE will be present to answer questions; the District will also make information materials available. The BOE hopes people who can’t make the nightly BOE board meetings can stop by to ask questions and have their voices heard.

In addition to the Sidewalk Sale, scope out more than 160 artists and crafters displaying their work in Anderson Park on both Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 16-17) during the Fine Art and Crafts Fair, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Continue Reading

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