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6th Annual Miles With Moms 5K and Fun Run 4/23/17

Miles With Moms 5 K and Fun RunThe 6th Annual Miles with Moms 5K and Fun Run is fast approaching, and I’m thrilled to be a sponsor of this wonderful family-friendly race that raises money for the Mothers’ Center of Central NJ. The event will take place on Sunday, April 23rd at Oak Ridge Park in Clark, with the first race starting at 9 am, and it’s sure to be a memorable day for adults and kids alike. 

I caught up with Miles with Moms volunteer Jenn Gillman to chat about this year’s event. Jenn said, “This is an event that has something for EVERYONE in the family–a 5k race, 1 mile race, free fun run for kids, great music, delicious refreshments, wonderful raffle items, and ways to keep the kids busy. Runners, walkers, moms and dads with strollers, kids, friends and neighbors are all welcome.”

If you’ve been hesitant to do a 5K with your children, this is the perfect “ice breaker” 5K since it’s specifically geared toward families. Jenn said, “We have special crafts, activities, and races just for young kids. Our DJ will be playing fun music appropriate for young listeners; we have a face painter who will be offering free face painting for kids; and Creative Kids from Scotch Plains and Tinkergarten will be back with plenty of hands-on activities for kids to partake in. We also have a free Fun Run for children age six and under where everyone gets to show their speed.”

Besides all the races and activities, there will be refreshments and lots of raffles with chances to win some great prizes. And let’s face it, any event is better when you leave with a prize in hand! There will also be awards given out for the top finishers in several categories of the races.

Based out of Garwood, the Mothers’ Center of Central NJ is a nonprofit that creates and supports a community for all mothers. According to Jenn, “The fundraising done through the Miles with Moms 5K helps pay for our rented space, keeps costs at a minimum so all of our programming is accessible to everyone, and pays for exciting events for our members.” 

The Mothers’ Center has been around for almost 40 years, offering daytime and evening activities for moms and their children, fostering lifelong friendships among Union County mothers. For more information about the Mothers’ Center of Central NJ, visit http://cnj.mom-mentum.org/

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The Deutscher Club of Clark is the Largest German Club in NJ!

Deutcher Club Of ClarkIf you are of German heritage — or simply love German beer, food, and music — you should definitely pay a visit to the Deutscher Club of Clark! The club is celebrating its 80th anniversary this September, and it has so much to offer local families.

The Deutscher Club is located on Featherbed Lane in Clark, and it is the largest German club in NJ — the 2nd largest in all of the United States!

On the club grounds is a ginormous wooden pavilion with a stage area, dance floor, and seemingly endless picnic tables. Outside are also the famous food and drink stands, where you can get a frothy cold “bier” to wash down your bratwurst and the world’s biggest darn soft pretzels. There’s also a great little playground for kids as well as an ice cream stand. The clubhouse has a bar and large dining area with a kitchen that can provide catering.

Throughout the summer and fall, the club hosts huge outdoor picnics with live German/American bands, Biergarten food and drinks, flea markets, and more. These events are open to non-members for a small entrance fee.

Regular happenings for members at the clubhouse include Friday and Saturday evening dinners (with live music every Saturday), and the bar is open most evenings. Members get together outside of the clubhouse for many activities supported by the club, such as skiing, German language classes, participating in the Steuben Day Parade in New York City, and German movie outings, just to name a few.

Deutcher Club Of ClarkTo become a member of the Deutscher Club, you need to be sponsored by a current member (of two years or more). Although most of the members are of German ancestry, membership is open to anyone! You can obtain an application on their website: www.deutscherclub.us.

Follow the Deutscher Club on Facebook to hear about all their events that are open to the general public. You won’t want to miss the classic car show on August 28 and of course the annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 3!

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4th annual NJ Miles for Moms 5K Run/Walk 4/19/15

5kcollagepicsHave you heard about the local 5K race for the hardest-working people on the planet–I’m talking about MOMS, of course! Dads and kids are welcome too at the 4th annual NJ Miles for Moms 5K Run/Walk on April 19th in Clark’s Oak Ridge Park.c


The fun begins at 9:00 am with a 1-miler. At 9:30 the 5K begins, and 10:30 am starts the kids fun run and raffle. There’s still time to register (fees apply for the first two races; the kids’ run is free for children 6 and under): http://cnj.mom-mentum.org/5k/.

The event will be held rain or shine on the certified traffic-free course, so you don’t have to fret about bringing your little ones, and strollers are welcome. The 5K is chip-timed, which is good news for the serious runners who want an accurate measure of their finish time, but all skill levels are invited to participate. In addition to the races there will be raffles, complimentary refreshments, DJ entertainment, kids’ crafts, and more. So make a day of it!

winners runnersMy friend and certified personal trainer Christine Cohen is running this 5K, and she said, “I wanted to get a few of my friends who have never done a 5K before to do a run with me, and this seemed like the perfect first race for them because it’s low key and non-competitive. Plus it benefits a great cause–all of the proceeds go to the Mothers Center of Central NJ.”

The Mothers Center of Central NJ (MCCNJ) is a local group dedicated to supporting moms in whatever stage of parenting they’re in. MCCNJ embodies the phrase “It takes a village,” and the group meets regularly in Garwood for a wide array of family-centered activities, including mommy-and-me playgroups, kids’ art and music classes, educational workshops for moms (childcare provided on-site), holiday parties, fun family movie and bowling excursions, and much more.

If you’re a new mom, or a mom who’s looking to make some like-minded friends, check out the MCCNJ website: http://cnj.mom-mentum.org/index.html.

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Hyatt Hills Driving Range in Clark, NJ

Hyatt Hills Golf

Looking for something different to do with the kids?  Or maybe just something fun for yourself?  Why not get a bucket of balls?

The beautiful and well-maintained 84 acre Hyatt Hills Golf Complex, at 1300 Raritan Road in Clark (the course actually spans from Clark into Cranford),  is  a meticulously manicured public golf facility, with a lovely, scenic, regulation nine-hole golf course, ample parking lot, an elegant, full-service clubhouse, a putting green, an absolutely beautiful eighteen-hole miniature golf course, and a driving range. While local parents bring their kids out to enjoy the miniature golf course all the time, they may not think about the driving range as an option for kids.  Yet, it’s something the kids usually love to do.

golfJust have them bring a kid-sized club, get a bucket of balls, and grab a stall!  The kids feel like they are playing “real golf,” and its great exercise.  It’s also a great way to get them turned onto the sport.  Be sure to visit Cranford.com/coupon to print out a coupon for a free bucket of 50 balls when you buy two buckets.  The facility is open daily from 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM.  While you’re there, check out the other services they offer, such as golf instruction, or special celebrations.  (Who doesn’t love a miniature golf party?)  You can check out their entire website at HyattHills.com .

Who knows?  You may have a mini Tiger Woods in the making . . . . a cub, if you will.  It’s a great day out, and easy on the parents!


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Northern Lights The Salon in Clark NJ Salon Blow Out Fundraising Event 2/22/14

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While we all learned one definition of the term “blow out” at this year’s Superbowl, this is another kind of blow out.  And this is one that is not only desirable for locals, but it can help others in need, as well.

On Saturday February 22, 2014, from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM, Northern Lights the Salon in Clark will be holding a blow out event to raise money for the Junior League of Elizabeth-Plainfield. For the cost of $25, customers can get a full blowout treatment for a great cause! They will also be offering raffles for gift baskets, a 50/50, and gratefully accepting donations during the entire month of February. While walk-ins are welcomed, it is highly advisable to call ahead at (732) 333-0920 to schedule an appointment.

Northern Lights the Salon is a full service hair styling studio, located at 67 Westfield Avenue in Clark.  They also offer manicures, pedicures, consultations, and much more.  The business is celebrating its one year anniversary this month.  Check out their website at northernlightsthesalon.com for a full list of services available.

The Junior League of Elizabeth/Plainfield is an organization of women committed to promoting and providing volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  They provide numerous outreach programs, and arrange various types of community support to do so.  You can learn more about this wonderful organization by visiting their website JLEPNJ.org

It’s a perfect win-win situation.  You can walk out feeling better because you look better, AND feeling better because you’ve helped a worthy cause.  How can you beat that?

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Schieferstein Farm Market and Garden Center in Clark NJ Family Owned for 110 Years!


Schieferstien FarmWe live in a time of disposability.  Cars that last 10 years are an anomaly.  Marriages that last that long are a miracle.  So can you imagine being in business . . . . with your family . . . . for more than  CENTURY?!

Schieferstein Farm Market and Garden Center is the last operating farm in Clark and the surrounding area. Brothers Fred and Andrew Schieferstein have lived in Clark their entire lives, since way back when Clark was once a big farming community. It was actually their great great grandfather who founded the farm in 1903, and this family-owned and operated farm still operates as a Clark staple today.  110 years and still going strong!  And the pictures adorning the walls of the market are a window into the past of the century-old farm.

This is a great place for local  jersey fresh produce, picked fresh weekly.   Lots of organic produce and products are also available, as are fantastic fresh baked pies and apple cider donuts (YUM!). There’s even gluten free products, vegan baked goods, local cheeses, and fresh bread every weekend.   They also carry local, raw, unprocessed,  filtered, delicious, healthy  honey in various flavors. McCutcheons , another local family owned and operated business, provides jellies, jams, sugar free preserves, and relishes.

Looking to garden?  There is a full  garden center with flowers, trees, shrubs, vegetable plants,  herbs, topsoils, bagged products, and organic soils, and a gift shop with pottery, beach bags, garden bags, vintage items and more.  Guess you build up quite an inventory over a hundred years or so!

Come see this little piece of local history, at 393 Madison Hill Road in Clark.  Great great grandpa Schieferstein would drop his pitchfork  if he could see the farm’s official website at http://www.schiefersteinfarm.com/. Check out the place, and walk away with something great!

Clark NJ Farm


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New Restaurant at Hyatt Hills Golf Club in Clark, NJ



 If you like to finish up a round of golf with a big plate of quesadillas and a margarita, then this news might come as a bit of a shock to you.  On the other hand, if you like to finish off a game of golf with a burger and a beer, this will be very intriguing to you.  And, hey, if you don’t like golf at all, but want a great new place to eat, read on . . . .

The restaurant at Clark’s Hyatt Hills Golf Course has recently changed management, and will no longer be Senorita’s Mexican grill.  It will now be run by locals Brian Costello and chef Brian Walter, partners from Fanwood’s Oh Brian’s Pourhouse, (previously known as “Flannery’s”).

The new restaurant will be more of a 19th-hole sports bar, with some Irish cuisine, of course.   The menu will include some Oh Brian’s signatures like the 10-ounce burger, fish-and-chips, and shepherd’s pie, but will also include a full variety of other things, and be more of an American grill.

While interior design changes are being made, the restaurant is open and operating as the “Hyatt Hills Pub,” but it will be renamed upon completion.  It currently features live entertainment from Thursday to Sunday and offers a Sunday brunch. Look for more changes to come after the golf season, and look for an official  grand opening sometime near the end of the summer.

Costello was recently quoted on Patch as saying, “We believe that this location is a great location not only for townships of Clark and Cranford, but we hope when people come in and have fun and try our food in our environment it will be a destination restaurant that you’d go to a full 12 months of the year.”

Given the popularity of the golf course, it is likely to become a destination restaurant by default.  So why not “drive” over and “putt” your faith in this new place to “score?”


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Miles With Mom 5K on May 4, 2013 In Clark NJ

For many, running or walking for exercise or fun is a short period of freedom.  A chance to escape the humdrum of everyday parenting stresses and demands, and enjoy the outdoors and the wind and sun on your face.  But the trick can be finding the TIME for that freedom.  Finding coverage for the kids while you run a 5K might seem an unattainable dream.

But what if you could take the kids WITH you?

On Saturday, May 4th, at Oak Ridge Park in Clark, NJ, The Mothers’ Center of Central NJ is holding a “Miles With Moms 5K.”  The second annual run/walk through Oak Ridge Park is open to all runners, walkers, moms or dads pushing strollers, and kids.  A kids’ fun run will also be offered.  What a great experience for families to share together, in a totally relaxing atmosphere, while enjoying the beauty of the park on a Spring day!

Registration is open until April 27th, and can be done online at http://www.active.com/running/clark-nj/miles-with-moms-5k-2013 .  Check-in is from 8:00-9:00 AM on the morning of the race, and the run itself will begin at 9:30.  All proceeds will benefit The Mothers’ Center of Central NJ.

The Mothers’ Center of Central NJ is a non-profit organization committed to raising the status of women as mothers. Established in 1978, they are a local chapter of the National Mothers’ Center. Through daytime and evening activities, they offer many opportunities for local moms to connect with each other, building  a foundation of peer support and education. You can learn more about them at http://cnj.motherscenter.org/ .


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“Navigating Your School District” Seminar at The Cranford Library 6/16/12 from 12-3


It is no secret that New Jersey schools are considered some of the best in the nation.  And Cranford schools are, without doubt, some of the best in NJ.  You may not be aware of the fact that Cranford High School was the 13th-ranked public high school in New Jersey, out of 322 schools statewide, in New Jersey Monthly magazine’s September 2010 cover story on the state’s Top Public High Schools.  In the 2011 “Ranking America’s High Schools” issue by The Washington Post, the school was ranked 12th in New Jersey and 513th NATIONWIDE.

But even in a superior district, keeping track of the constant changes and updates in NJ school systems can be overwhelming.  Perhaps you feel as though you are mentally drowning in alphabet soup, trying to keep track of the inevitable and unavoidable standardized tests such as the SAT’s, ACT’s, and  NJASK.  Or maybe you are experiencing night terrors as you begin college searches with your child.  Or it could be that you’re on the other end of the process, and your child will be starting Kindergarten soon.  It seems that every other day the news is filled with some daunting changes to academic policies, or upsetting trend in school social issues.

Don’t despair!  There is help!  On Saturday, June 16, from 12:00 – 3:00, the NJ Department of Education will be displaying an informational table at the Cranford Public Library to assist families with just this type of thing.  The new Family and Community Relations Office is designed to help families navigate their respective school district and get the most out of it, and answer any questions you may have about any step of your child’s educational journey.

Families are invited to stop by to learn more about ever-changing academic standards, assessment tests, school safety, children with special needs, home schooling, legal issues, student transportation, college and career readiness, how parents can get involved in their children’s education, and other aspects of the NJ education system.  Information will be available for parents, teens, and children. There is no registration required, and everyone is welcome.

For further information about the program, call the library at 908-709-7272 and ask for Fran Housten. Families may visit families.nj.gov

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