Saturday, May 12, 2012
Older Caregivers Honored at Luncheon Yesterday
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Paul Milo
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Rosalind Woodridge looks after three young people, ages 16, 18 and 20. Woodridge faces many of the same challenges that other caregivers face -- and then some. The children are not hers but her daughter’s. “Well it’s hard, because it takes a lot out of you and you have to take care of them. Not that we don’t love our grandchildren, but it’s harder when you’re older.” “It’s very stressful, it’s very hard work,” said Maria Martinez, another grandmother raising her child’s child, a 21-year-old man with disabilities. “Even though he’s a beautiful boy, he has some medical problems....everything is struggling, a struggle.” Martinez, Woodridge and dozens of other women were the guests of honor yesterday at a Mother’s Day luncheon held at the …
Friday, May 11, 2012
Robin Woods writes about a bittersweet Mother's Day
Friday, May 11, 2012
Mother's Day is bittersweet for me, as I haven't had my Mom with me since I was very young. Every day brings back memories which make me smile. I wonder how she would have liked the adult that I've become, as I continually strive to be the "firecracker" that she once was. A wee bit of a woman, less than 5 feet tall, Marilyn Sidman Ehrlichman was a force with which to be reckoned. Her flaming red hair let you know that she was fiery and fearless, with a very short fuse which I share with her. Mom was a consummate yenta, community activist, fashion plate,perfect mother and friend. I was her Cinderella, her princess—the firstborn of all girls in our family. She set her sights high on me, and I think I've delivered so far. Time has a way of …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Patch looking for your Mother's Day memories, stories, recipes and photos.
Essex County Associate Regional Editor Jack Durschlag has always had a close relationship with his mother. This year, more than any previous year, he recognizes the importance of sharing this with Patch readers. Every great moment in my life, my mother has always been there to stand behind and support me. While growing up, she was the one who attended every holiday choir concert, listening to the same songs year after year at my elementary, middle and high school. She was the one who made sure I was there on time and had a clean shirt and the right pants and tie. When it came time for my bar mitzvah, she was the one who agreed to let me wear that pink shirt and bowtie when everyone else told me not to. When I wanted to go to a far off …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Would you like to share a story about your mom for Mother's Day? Email Patch!
Patch Regional Editor for Essex County Elizabeth Moore shares a story below about her mom in honor of Mother's Day. Please share your mother's story — and pictures — with Patch by emailing Livingston Patch local editor Scott Egelberg at email@example.com. You wouldn't know it now, but my retired high school teacher mom started out as a skinny kid in El Paso, Texas who learned English when she was in elementary school. She was the first kid in her family to finish high school and go to college. She set a great example for her four daughters by being active in the community. My mom not only was our local PTA President, she also coached softball and attended college part-time, graduating when I was in sixth-grade, then went on to …
Sunday, May 8, 2011
The average pay for a stay-at-home mother's job in Livingston is $135,632!
Most stay-at-home moms are awesome. The ones I admire show more resourcefulness, are more organized, and have more patience than any executive I’ve ever known. In their former lives they were lawyers, accountants, teachers, computer programmers, nurses, personnel managers, corporate trainers, and in my case, a marketing manager. We readily gave up our careers in the belief that staying at home with our kids is an investment in their lives as well as precious time for us. Our children are only going to be little once: we don’t want to miss that. We’ve given up the benefits of a salary and the status that goes with it, because people in our society who do not make money have virtually NO status, to remain at home raising our children. …
The Way I See It ... Maybe I'm Amazed.
This week was dominated by the death of Osama bin Laden. The historic pronouncement of his final capture, captured us all. The resulting spontaneous and jubilant celebrations all over the country italicized just how deeply emotional this was for all Americans. Details emerged about this most intensely orchestrated mission, only to change as the days went on. Viewing graphic images from bin Laden’s Pakistani compound was jarring on many levels. Though none of this erases the aftermath of 9/11, nor the ongoing threats from Al Qaeda, hopefully it gives our nation some measure of comfort and closure. Michele Ma Belle – Not It was announced that there will be an upcoming British Royal Wedding. Yay! A chance to see more crazy hats and …
For Mother's Day, we asked children to tell us about their moms. Their answers are sweet: 'She tucks me in at night.'
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- L. Klonsky
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Livingston moms are very active in their children’s lives according to the responses we received to our Patch Mother’s Day Contest. We asked kids who attend preschool and kindergarten in Livingston the question: “Why is your mom special?” Plenty appreciated the things Mom does for them, saying “she tucks me in at night,” “she takes care of me and my brother,” “she reads to me,” and “she gets snacks for me off the shelf.” Others appreciated what she doesn’t do (“my mom doesn’t swear,” “my mom doesn’t yell”). Some kids liked how Mom lets them be independent (“she lets me climb the tree by myself,” “she lets me get my own breakfast”). And lots of kids appreciated what Mom buys for them (Wii, video games, toys, chocolate) and where she …
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
If you're still searching for perfect gift, we found great deals on ways to spoil Mom.
Mother's Day doesn't have to break the bank. You can spoil Mom and still keep some money in your pocket. First, send Mom out on Thursday for a fun night of make-overs, fashion and entertainment at the Livingston Mall. Then pick up a free card, or 2 or 3 at Stop & Shop. And, you will still be able to splurge on lunch at TGI Fridays with their new coupon. She'll love you! Make sure to check out all the great deals this week for mom, the kids and even a comic book junkie. If you found a deal, let us know. We'd love to hear your great find. Leave a comment below and then come back each week to see a new crop of great deals. Remember to check with the merchant for additional conditions: Here is an awesome deal going on right now at Stop & …
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Livingston mom knows what she'd like to receive on Sunday.
As a mother of three children, I could argue that everyday is Mother's Day. But I will take the official day of homage and celebrate proudly. Mother's Day is the one day that I can hang up the various hats I wear daily — as cook, chauffer, social secretary, maid, fashion stylist, tutor, beautician and event planner — and just relax. I can't wait until Sunday, when I will be doted on. Then, I will graciously accept the heavily pasted and over-glittered homemade card from my 6-year old, the almost dead African-Violet plant procured by my 10-year old from her school's Mother's Day plant sale and the "I'm so going to borrow this" bracelet from my 15 year old, which fittingly has all her favorite colors. My personal favorite gift, though…