April 2015 archive

Saying Goodbye

We lost a member of our family the other day.

As pet parents we recognize the finite relationship we have with our pets. Yet the day always hits too soon, we mourn, heal, remember, and begin the journey again with a spriteful new companion. Many people don’t understand why we put ourselves through the torment, knowing there is little our pets will outlive us. But, the prospect of building another wonderful relationship is what always brings us back. Asking a pet parent which pet was their favorite is much like asking a real parent about their children. They are all amazing for different reasons.
Unfortunately, for our good friends, this too soon experience, happened too soon. Five years young, a dear friend of the family lost Noah, a beautiful Pitt Bull & Boxer mix.

Noah was a good dog. A little rambunctious, but more importantly, a good friend.
Monday morning, they noticed Noah was not feeling well, and as most of us would do, let her be. After all, it’s pretty frequent that our pets have an irritable stomach. Simple diet change, the wrong food fell on the floor, or merely rummaging through something bad outside. We’d love to monitor everything, but it’s impossible.
A few hours later, expecting a vivid return to action they returned home to find Noah still not feeling well. On the morning of the next day, still no better. Upon closer inspection, you could see visible signs, more than discomfort. Yellow skin & gums.
Off to the vet.
After a series of tests, what we found out next was shocking. The symptoms were much more serious than we could imagine.
Leptosiris is an infection transmitted through consuming infection urine. More than likely due to a raccoon, opossum, or rat urinating in a puddle or on some grass. Noah then scoured up an afternoon snack leading to her gravely unfortunate situation. It could have happened anywhere, even on a walk.

The worst part is, it is almost always fatile. In this case, it was.
5 years young, years too soon.
We will miss you Noah. Rest in peace.

Montclair Top 10 Things to Do in April


The George Segal Gallery Presents: “The Enchanting Art of Japan”

When: March 12th – April 18th, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 11 AM – 6 PM, Thursday, 12:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Where: George Segal Gallery, College Ave, Montclair, NJ 07043
Who: No Listed
Price: Free
We can’t get enough art and learning about new culture, so when we learned about the George Segal Gallery at Montclair State University, we had to go. Combining three centuries (18th, 19th, & 20th) of Japanese culture, the exhibit captures printmakers who inspired Van Gogh and Degas to sculptures on loan from the Helene Kosloski Collection. In addition, the gallery is presenting a lecture showcasing the importance of tea in Japan called, All the Tea In Japan/History and Culture, which takes place on Saturday, April 11 from 3 PM to 4 PM. 
For more information click here.
Van Vleck Daffodils

Landscape By the Yard – Think Spring

When: Wednesday, April 1st @ 7 PM
Where: Van Vleck Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St, Montclair, NJ 07042
Who: Not Listed
Price: $30 Members – $35 Non-Members
A spring workshop by Mierop Design and Terra Graphics Landscape Services. All-Season Formal garden. Educational to apply to their own gardens. Special interest to new homeowners who need help getting started. Designing/preparing outdoor space for planting – Basics in every project: finding light, the right place for a patio, optimizing small spaces, disguising unwanted views and organizing for kids, cars and pets (yay!). Plus what to expect when hiring a professional.
For more information click here.
Shen Yun

Shen Yun

When: Friday, April 10th @ 8 PM, Saturday, April 11th @ 2:30 PM & 8 PM, Sunday, April 12 @ 1:30 PM
Where: NJPAC, One Center Street, Newark, NJ 07102
Who: 4+
Price: $64-$184
For the past few years, Shen Yun has been getting bigger and bigger and we’re hoping this year we’ll finally get to go. Chinese culture prohibits the presentation of the ancient culture which makes this event so special. Taking you on a journey to the ancient empires, Shen Yun explores colorful, classical dance with vivid backdrops.
For more information click here.
Gala of the Arts

Gala of the Arts

When: Saturday, April 11 @ 6:30 PM
Where: Montclair Art Museum, 3 S Mountain Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042
Who: Not listed
Price: $500
Continuing in the tradition of art, the Gala of the Arts at MAM sounds amazing, but we probably won’t be going. At $500, the price may be steep, but every event they do is so wonderful and unique, this must be good. The gala will showcase contemporary art, a cocktail reception, and a seated dinner.
Find out more information here.
MFEE Chili Cook Off

MFEE Chili Cook Off

When: Saturday, April 11 @ 7 PM
Where: Women’s Club of Upper Montclair, 200 Cooper Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07043
Who: Not Listed
Price: $35 (all guests will receive a fun commemorative bandana)
Do you love chili? We do! And what’s better than enjoying good chili and good drinks with good friends in the community. Locals will get to try their hand at different categories and get judged by some pretty impressive culinary minds; Karen Schloss Diaz, Restaurant & Food Trends columnist for The Montclair Times/NorthJersey.com; New Jersey Monthly magazine’s Rosalie Saferstein and Andrew Zimmer, Thrillist’s New York Editor. All while the rest of the hungry and thirsty patrons enjoy beer, music, dessert, and of course, chili. As so many Montclair events are, it’s all for a good cause – the Montclair Public School system.
For more information click here.
Branch Brook Park

Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival

When: April 11th – April 22nd

Where: Branch Brook Park, 115 Clifton Ave, Newark, NJ 07104
Who: Anyone
Price: Free
There are few things in Essex County more magnificent than Branch Brook Park in the spring. If you haven’t been, definitely check it out. Try to go during the week, or prepare to walk a bit. The first time we entered off 280 over by the beautiful cathedral church, parked and were underwhelmed. The scene of the church on the water lined with Cherry Blossoms is beautiful, but certainly not the one that supposedly surpassed the D.C. festival. Not nearly as crowded either. Then we found out the festival is on a whole other side of the park. You really don’t realize just how big the park is, until you’ve driven (or walked) from end to end. Stretching over 365 acres, the park boasts 4,000 cherry blossom trees, with 10 different species. All week long there are different events, but we prefer just to do our own self-guided tour of the magnificence. It is much different than D.C. too, much more of a natural approach rather than lining streets and paths with the trees which is beautiful in it’s own right. Just different.
This year could be a little interesting though. In recent years the event has been happening earlier and earlier, so the event adjusted it’s dates. Due to this years cold weather, the trees look to blossom the next week.
For more information click here.
Cameron Adoption Event

Cat/Kitten Adoption Event

When: Sunday, April 12 @ 12
Where: Cameron Animal Hospital, 417 Bloomfield Ave. in Montclair, New Jersey
Who: Anyone
Price: $125 per cat
We loved Dr. Cameron. He is so wonderful with all animals, especially cats. This is the first adoption event of many he is hosting this year. Others will take place on Sunday, May 3rd and Sunday, May 17. All adoptions include FeLV/FIV testing, deworming, vaccination, microchipping, and spay/neuter surgery. Of course everything goes to a good cause to, helping the provide  shelter, food, medical care, vaccinations, enrichment and behavioral rehabilitation.
Family-owned and in Montclair since 1936, Cameron Animal Hospital caters to more than just cats, but mostly small animals and have always been involved in the Essex County rescue community.
For more information click here.
Van Vleck

Landscape By the Yard – Planting and Caring for Unusual Plants

When: Wednesday, April 15th @ 7 PM
Where: Van Vleck Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St, Montclair, NJ 07042
Who: Not Listed
Price: $30 Members – $35 Non-Members
This is part two of the Landscape By the Yard series, conducted by Mierop Design and Terra Graphics Landscape Services. The portion goes in to depth we have always been uncomfortable with ourselves, unusual plants. They are so beautiful, so exotic, yet how are they cared for. Highlighted will be unusual or unique trees, shrubs, and perennials. Including advice on how to install and care for new additions.
Fore more information click here.
Guffaws for PAWS

Guffaws for PAWS – An Evening of Comedy

When: Friday, April 17th @ 7 PM
Where: First Congregational Church, 40 S. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042
Who: Not Listed
Price: $25
An evening of comedy supporting PAWS, a rescue and shelter organization in Montclair for the past 37 years. PAWS finds forever homes for at-risk pet, promotes spay-neuter, and humane education. Sounds good to us.
For more information click here.
Price is Right Live

The Price is Right Live!

When: Friday, April 17th @ 5 PM
Where: NJPAC, Once Center St., Newark, NJ 07012
Who: 18+
Price: $39.50 – $49.50
We grew up watching The Price is Right on CBS. So when we heard it’s coming to NJ, it had to make the list. One of the longest running shows on network television, TPIR and Bob Barker always have a special place in our heart imploring everyone spay and neuter pets to keep the pet population down. In kind, Drew Carey continues the tradition.
So Come on down. You’re the next contestant on The Price is Right Live!
For more information click here.
Man of La Mancha

The Montclair Operetta Club Presents Man of La Mancha

When: Friday, April 17th @ 8 PM, Saturday, April 18th @ 8 PM, Sunday April 19th @ 2PM, Friday, April 24th @ 8 PM, Saturday, April 25th @ 8 PM, Sunday, April 26th @ 2 PM
Where: Westminster Arts Center, 449 Franklin Street, Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Who: Student+
Price: $4 Bllomfield College Student – $25 Adult
Do you know the story of Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha? Probably about the same as we do. I know the premise, but not the whole story. The Montclair Operetta Club does just this, teaches us the fable of Alonso Quixano turned Don Quixote, the chivalrous knight. Predicated on Cervantes, Don Quixote, Man of La Mancha is a bitter story of a dying man whose dream takes over his mind as he fights imaginary monsters. The book is later haled one of the classic pieces of literature.
Find out more information here.



When: April 5th
Where: Anywhere
Who: Anyone
Price: Free
(I am not Jewish, otherwise Passover could easily take this) Any holiday bringing friends and family and food together has to be on a top events list. Besides, who doesn’t love a good egg hunt. Many of our friends would probably say that eating the hard boiled eggs is the best part, but I love dying them and coming up with creative combinations.

Earth Day

When: Wednesday, April 22nd
Where: Everywhere
Who: Everyone
Price: Free

You love the Earth. I love the Earth. Do something nice for it. Plant a tree, donate electronics, don’t drive, turn off the electronics, reuse items, and buy locally! The smallest things help, and if we all do our part, the Earth will be around for a much longer time.

Arbor Day

When: Friday, April 24th
Where: Everywhere
Who: Everyone
Price: Free

You love the Trees. I love the Trees. Do something nice for them. Ok, this sounds extremely familiar. Probably because it is. Most things in Earth day are the same. That doesn’t mean these are the only days we should participate, just do your part and spread the word.