Category Archives: Montclair-Estate Section

Santa and a SWAT Truck-South End

Last year I read about a program through the Montclair police department where Santa visits the homes of Montclair residents and delivers gifts. It’s meant as a toy drive and it is a huge bonus to the residents of our town, as well as the beneficiaries of the donated toys. I dropped off one gift for each of my children and one gift from each of my children, as a donation to another child.  I’m not sure what I expected, but I knew it would be exciting for my kids to see Santa a bit early and receive a toy. So when Santa pulled up on a police truck, escorted by a glowing, glittery, musical, holiday SWAT truck and 2 other vehicles, the entire experience greatly exceeded my expectations. I think it’s probably just best to check out the videos to see what happened next.

After much success in 2014, we participated once again in the MPD Santa toy drive this year. Since we knew what to expect, we gave our friends and neighbors some warning this time and were able to enjoy the experience with them too. It wasn’t raining, so no one came inside, but we had plenty of time to check out the parade of vehicles. And it was quite a sight to see.

Santa Arrives-2015
Santa Arrives-2015
Santa's Helpers
Santa’s Helpers
Joy!
Joy!
Photo Op
Photo Op
Kids with Gifts
Kids with Gifts

Like many working families, the day to day for our household is quite busy. There are careers and housework, school work, school functions, birthday parties, and the list goes on. Time really seems to be moving faster and faster and the seasons are changing before my eyes. But one thing I can always count on to get me out of my rut is my town, my community, and my friends. The decor in Montclair center, the town events, the social engagements, the local shops, the performing arts, the visual arts, the music, and the generosity make my chores and to do lists feel exciting and fun as the seasons change (especially around this time of year) and remind me why I love life in this town we call home. I can count on the wreaths and menorahs to go up, the parties to happen, the food drives, the coat drives, the giddy children, and Santa on a Police truck. I am so very grateful for the people of this community. I personally love this time of year, but I think that even the grinchiest of Grinches would not be able to help smiling about what is going on right here in Montclair.


Montclair Center Tree

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Spooky Gallery – Halloween 2015

Happy Monday! As we feast on leftover candy (yuck), eyes blurry from parties and falling back in time, bellies bloated from too much pizza and beer and sweets, I will leave you with some images from around town this Halloween weekend. If anyone has some great photos, I will be happy to update this post. There was too much spookiness and fun to capture all that this town had to offer this Halloween weekend. Festive doesn’t even begin to explain how much we love our holidays. And a holiday for children of any age, is simply the best, and it’s another reason why I love Montclair!

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It’s (Block) Party Time! – South End

With Summer around the corner, Montclairians seem to be coming out of hibernation and literally partying in the streets. One great American tradition this town embraces is the block party. And I’m lucky enough to live in a house I love, on a block I love, in a town I love, that participates in this tradition.

Like many, we looked at our house because it fit our basic criteria and price range. And when we saw it, we ended up falling in love. But we really didn’t know much about the neighborhood. Having come from the North End of Bloomfield, we loved our Bloomfield neighborhood and the people in it. We knew nothing about Graham Terrace or living in the South End of Montclair. But when we moved to our street (nestled between Harrison Ave and Stonebridge Rd, on the Southernmost edge of the Estate Section), we were welcomed with a lovely party, hosted by one of our neighbors and attended by the entire block! And now, two years later, we look forward to kicking off the summer season with the wonderful people on our street at our annual Memorial Day Block Party. My kids woke up so excited to hang with their neighborhood friends, it was like Christmas morning. We even have former residents of this street that continue to attend neighborhood events year after year. These are the friendships that create our community and the friendships that my kids will grow up remembering.

I’d like to say we hit the jackpot, having lived in two neighborhoods that host block parties, but the truth is, this is not a rare occurrence in Montclair. Blocking off the streets and celebrating neighborhood friendships, happens quite often in the warmer months, and happens in every part of town. Here’s a taste of what ours looks like.

Road Block

Memorial Decor

Memorial Day Table

Block party 2015

 

Unicycle Anyone?
Unicycle Anyone?

 

Front Yard Swimming

 

Skateboard

Janie

Porch

Block Party 2015

Sidewalk Chalk

Party 2015

Neighbors

Neighbors

Bikes

Hudson on 4 wheeler

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The Horse of Harrison Ave

This horse makes my kids and I so happy when we drive or walk by it. Today he (name?) is sporting a fashionable plaid coat.image

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Estate Section Artistic Trees

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Fall 2014

Graham Terrace, Fall 2014

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Montclair backyards in Snow

January 3, 2015

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