Spring Break: Organizing the Ordinary – Auntie Emily Camp

My sister is the mother of all mothers. (She’s also an award winning fourth grade teacher – she’s got a leg up on us.) She came up with this concept during Spring Break when she had five kids under her watch (two of ’em were mine). It’s pretty simple. Mommy~Auntie Emily Camp is basically a […]

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Staten Island Children’s Museum

We went to a birthday party at the Staten Island Children’s Museum today. Long story short: Put this place on your list. Here’s what you need to know: The museum on the grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center. It’s a beautiful enclave of architecture and gardens. It’s about a 40 minute drive from Jersey City Heights. […]

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Starting a Charter School: Ann Wallace Tells the Story of TECCS

It’s not always obvious what the options are in terms of educating our children. Every child in Jersey City (aged 3 through high school graduation) has a free neighborhood school. If you don’t know which school you’re zoned for, you can call 201.915.6000 to find out. Alternately, Jersey City parents can look into charter schools […]

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A Colorful Crayola Play Day

Apparently it’s Magical March at the Crayola Experience in Easton, PA – but we didn’t know that when we fueled up. We just knew we were waking up to another cold and snowy day in Jersey City and we had no choice but to get these kids out of our house before it spontaneously combusted. […]

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Urban Sustainability Certificate Program: First Impressions

Ed. Note: In partnership with Sustainable JC, Lyndon Neal has agreed to report back on his experiences in the Urban Sustainability Certificate class. I was nervous going into the classroom. It’s been 30 years since I’ve been in a classroom. But week 1 surprised me. It was more engaging than I thought it would be. […]

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Girls Writing Code: Andrea Mozo & The Sheros

Andrea Mozo is the powerhouse behind the forthcoming all-female coding club that uses games to empower 10-13 year olds with invaluable computing skills. Read on! Tell me a little about the program. I’m launching a girls-only gaming club in Jersey City. This club will be made up of super-powered SHEROS, who put the SHE in […]

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Jersey City Councilwoman Joyce Watterman: Thriving in a Man’s World

Sitting down with Jersey City At-Large Councilwoman Joyce Watterman was more than a breath of fresh air – it was a master class in women kicking ass. I reached out to her yesterday when I recognized her as the only woman in a sea of male councilmen and community & faith leaders. My question to […]

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How to Survive the Concordia Line

DO NOT – I repeat – DO NOT BE THE PERSON WHO STARTS THE LINE. Don’t do it. (Don’t do it.) If you are the person who starts the line, don’t start it until 6 AM on THE DAY OF registration (March, 2017. Date not yet announced.) None of us are required to camp out […]

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Concordia Learning Center: Jersey City Preschool Worth Waiting For

Question: Does anyone have any experience with the Concordia School in the Heights? Does anyone plan on doing it this year ? Yes. We did it. And yes – we’re going to do it again this year. If you don’t know about Concordia, here’s the nutshell: Concordia Learning Center is a school inside a school, […]

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Nikola Tesla Lightning Show: Awe-Inspiring Science

The Nikola Tesla Lightning Show wasn’t a part of the original plan when we arrived at the Liberty Science Center. We went because the guy in front of us at the ticket counter asked about it and it sounded exciting. OMG. THIS LIGHTNING SHOW. My kids (3 & 4 – both boys) loved it. We all did. A […]

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