June 3, 2020 

I want to start off with a thank you.  AARP recently featured our response to COVID-19, and it has all been possible thanks to the awe-inspiring organizations and members of our community. 

Thank You

Please join me in thanking:

  • Toni’s Kitchen, who has not once wavered in their commitment to providing food for our older residents through these past few months
  • The Montclair Kiwanis, who have built a team of volunteer drivers to deliver food each week.A special thanks to Peter Ebling, who has overseen the volunteers, including training new volunteers and keeping me up to date by even highlighting the information I really need to read (!)
  • Members of the Montclair Senior Citizens Advisory Committee, who have sourced donations from the MC Hotel and the George and researched food distribution sources.I’m sure they weren’t anticipating a toilet paper scavenger hunt a few months ago…
  • Gelati by Mike, who has donated milk and eggs along with employee time and vehicles to help distribute food
  • Rao’s Homemade/Sovos Brands, who has upped their already generous donations of delicious, healthy foods
  • The Montclair BID, who has volunteered time and vehicles to deliver food
  • Antika Grill, who has prepared countless meals for our older residents
  • Partners for Health Foundation, whose funding allowed us to pivot to a completely online MILL semester
  • Manhattan Prep, whose staff helped our MILL instructors learn how to teach effectively via Zoom
  • Our MILL instructors, including the Yogi Berra Museum and Garden State Equality, who have so successfully converted in-person classes into high-quality online ones
  • The Montclair Public Library, particularly librarian Alex Russo, who has spent so much time helping our residents learn how to use Zoom
  • Of course, Michelle DeWitt and Linda Tate, who have continually amazed me with their abilities to adapt to all the changes we’ve encountered – and to make sure we are doing everything we can for our older residents
  • And others!


e-DGEMONT Online Classroom   June 8th-12th


Monday June 8th            
   Sit and Be Fit with Teresa Join us for a rigorous seated workout (now live on Zoom) and also airing on TV34

Tuesday June 9th            
   Move and Groove Dance Party Get a 40 minute cardio workout while dancing to your favorite tunes (email DJ Michelle with your song requests mdewitt@montclairnjusa.org)

3:00pm   Unicity Community Support Group  A licensed social worker from Unicity Healthcare will provide a safe, comforting space to share your thoughts and feelings in today’s world.

Wednesday June 10th     
10:00am  Chair Yoga with Lisy
 Join us for guided meditation, breathing and gentle yoga poses you can do from a seated position. No experience necessary.  

Thursday, June 11th           
10:00am Virtual Tech Help with Alex 
Bring your tech/library issues to Alex from Montclair Public Library; First come, first served basis-you will be placed in a virtual waiting room until it is your turn.

11:00am Homewatch CareGivers presents: Money Matters: Taking Control of Your Financial Destiny   Speaker Michael Cocco CFP®, ChFC® helps individuals planning for retirement implement strategies that empower them to control their financial destiny by utilizing a comprehensive approach to financial planning. Bring your questions!

  2:00pm Poetry Workshop Learn to create personal, powerful art with words with poet Leah Rowbotham; You must be pre-registered for this class; To register, email mdewitt@montclairnjusa.org

Friday, June 12th          
11:00am  Covid/Crisis/Coping with EFT Tapping Technique
Learn how these simple self-acupressure skills can help you manage your stress and anxiety. Presented by Montclair EFT practitioners Dawn Fried & Cathy Duca.

To access the Online e-DGEMONT Classroom programs, use http://bit.ly/edgemontclass (a hyperlink to Zoom classroom) at the time of the class  OR  go to ZOOM and put in Meeting ID: 81841743837     Password: 303257
Classes can also be accessed by calling 1-646-558-8656


Given the intersection of continued pursuit for racial justice and Pride Month, the MILL’s Troublemaker for Justice class is a great one to revisit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqQ1O1JkY5Y&list=PL_rtbwBAGji7r0X_hynpxMSv0VvR66voC 


The Jewish Federation of Metrowest has shared an overview of where to find help via their services.  You can also sign up to receive regular emails by emailing Gina Goldman (ggoldman@jccmetrowest.org) to stay in the know regarding the multitude of remote programs going on in our area.

Garden State Equality and Jersey Pride are hosting United in Pride: New Jersey’s Virtual Pride Celebration on June 7th.

Read about what Montclair Community Farms has been up to!

Posted by katie.york On 03 June, 2020 at 4:39 PM