MOMS Club of Boonton Area

helping moms stay sane

July 2014 Newsletter

Letter from the President

Dear MOMS Club,

I am so excited to be your new President! Thanks for entrusting the club to me & the wonderful eboard that you elected for this new term. For those new members, our eboard (short for executive board) serves a one year term starting July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. The eboard is decided by the MOMS Club members!

I joined the club when my son, Jack, was only 7 months old & to think that he just turned 2 last month shocks me! It took me some time to get involved with the club because of nap schedules & the fear of not knowing anyone. It wasn't until I delivered a meal to Janet when Jillian was born that we got to talking & I felt a little more at ease. So, thank you, Janet! And, thank you for getting me involved in last years eboard. It was so rewarding as AVP to coordinate the service projects & make a difference in our community. Vivian is going to do a fantastic job this year!

Summer is already in full swing! As I type, my thermometer reads 92 degrees & my air conditioning won't quit. This is what we wait ALL winter for! I've included in the newsletter a list I've been putting together for my family since Jack was born of things we want to do. Some suggestions came from moms in this group! Since I became a mom, I try to fill Jack's days with fun & excitement. This club has certainly helped me to do that & hopefully this list will be helpful for you. I hope everyone has a wonderful, safe summer with their families.

I hope you like our new newsletter format! We will continue to highlight families in the club through the newsletter, but wanted to introduce the new eboard this month. We are so excited to lead this group. We are hoping to plan fun events for both the kids & for us moms. It's so important to be there for one another!

We, as an eboard, are open to your suggestions & a matter of fact, we welcome them! We want to hear from you & know what you want from this club. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us!


Stephani Wright

President | (973) 476-7762

MOMS Club has given me the opportunity to connect with great moms that live nearby, as well as a support group I can ask literally any question at any time. Most of all, my son has made friends I know he will have for years to come.....& so will I!

Vivian Jenkins

Administrative Vice President | (973) 978-0243

Through MOMS club I have made many good friends and met moms in the area with kids the same age as my kids. Growing up in a different country but being a mom for the first time here in NJ was challenging since I didn't know of the best places to go and all the local activities available to do with the kids.

Jessica Ortega

Membership Vice President | (973)588~4582

I joined moms club so that my boys could make new friends and have fun!

Toniann Roses-Sottile

Treasurer | (201) 954-0557

I joined the moms club a few years ago after having my first child. I thought it would be a good way to make new friends in the area for both, my daughter and myself. After a few years, I have 2 children Ariana 5 and Jovanni 2 ½. They keep me smiling and more alive everyday. I feel so fortunate that I can raise my children in a holistic, healthy way that ties into my philosophy.

Wendy Sarama

Secretary | (201) 403-8245

MOMS club has provided a network of support and new friends locally when I decided to go from working full time to working part time out of my home. Not only have my children made new friends and enjoyed lots of activities, but I have had some fun nights (and afternoons too!) out with great company.

WElcome new members!

In June, we welcomed Brislyn Anton, Theresa McNamara, Tammy Fabish, & Sarah Stalker! We’re so glad to have you as a member & we hope that you will take advantage of all of the wonderful things our MOMS Club has to offer. There is truly something for everyone!

Arriving somewhere on your own not knowing anyone can be quite daunting. We are here to welcome you & hope that you will feel comfortable enough to keep coming back to events!

Hosting Events

Hosting an event often can sound a little daunting, especially to new members! Hosting is very simple. Decide on something that you would like to do with your child, a date that works for you, & a time. Simply create an event on FB with all the information, & voila! You're the host!

You can choose to host at your home, but you don't have to. Most of our events are at public places which is nice & easy. Don't feel as though you need to provide snacks or drinks for the kids. Simply write BYO in the event!

To create an event in FB, click on Events, Create Event, & fill out the event information. Let's get our calendar filled up with fun stuff for the summer!

RSVP, please! Even if you can't make an event, let's all make the effort to RSVP on the Facebook Events so hosts know who to expect. THANKS!

Summer FUN!

Day Trips & Summer (some even FREE) FUN Ideas!

Free movies at Bow-Tie Cinemas (the old Clearview) Wed & Thurs at 10:00AM. Here is a new link for the schedule:

Sunrise Lake sponsors Tiny Tot Tuesdays in July & August. Use the early morning time to enjoy the beach before it opens for the day to the public. Tuesday mornings, July 1 – July 29th, 9:00-10:45. $3 per adult, FREE for toddlers 4 & under. Regular beach rate applies at 11:00AM.

The Highline, NYC – perfect day trip! Food trucks, bier garden near the 13th street entrance (at the Standard Hotel). More info here:

Storm King in NY state is a great place for photo ops. The kids can run free among the sculptures.

NJ Botanical Gardens – Ringwood

Parks to Visit: Nomahegan Park, Echo Lake Park, Verona Park, High Point

Splash Parks!
Newport Green Park in Jersey City
Snyder Park in Berkley Heights
Ponderoas Park in Scotch Palins
Asbury Park Splash Park – right on the boardwalk!

Land of Make Believe – Hope, NJ – great for kids under 6 & the water park is great this time of year. Entertainment book has buy one get one free admission for adults which is a great savings.

Knoebels Amusement Resort –Elysburg, PA (

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom – Allentown, PA

Dutch Wonderland – Lancaster, PA (

Coco Key– Laurel, NJ – indoor water park

Diggerland – West Berlin, NJ ( – just opened!

New Jersey Street Fairs & Festivals:

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MOMS Celebrating July Birthdays!

Megan Fishbeck, Jessica Ortega, & Tami Stappas all have birthdays this month! Have a wonderful day, ladies! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


Conrad Antal is 3!

Brendan Scozzari is 1!

Olivia La Fiura is 1!

Madelyn McKellar is 1!

Recent MOMS Club FUN!

Year End Dinner Fun!

Special thanks to Vivian for hosting at her home! We all had such a great time!
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Coordinator Positions

Special thanks to those who have volunteered to fill some of the coordinator positions. We are looking forward to some fun activities ahead with these ladies leading the way. If you see an open position you think you would like to spearhead, let me know!

Activities Coordinator: Nicole Cechony - Send out weekly emails of upcoming events and coordinate calendar. Special thanks to Nicole for doing this another year! She's so great at it!

Walking Club: Kelly DelGaizo - Post time and location for walks.

Book Club: Candice Bates-Hoffman

Organize book choice and post time and location

MNO (Moms Night Out): Stephanie Dollard - Find hosts and suggestions for a fun evening event once a month.

Sunshine: Janet Crane - Post news of new babies and coordinate meals for new moms as needed.

Recipe Club: Marianne Green - coordinate quarterly meet ups based on a theme of app, main dish, dessert & share recipes among the group. Collaborate with the eboard to create a MOMS club cookbook!

Newsletter: Stephani Wright - Write/Edit newsletter to be sent to the club detailing recent and upcoming events, club news, information, etc.

Club Photographer: Kelly Miniter - Take pics & post to the FB page of all of our events (that Kelly can personally attend)

OPEN Club/Coordinator Positions:

Nature Club: Post time and location for walks/hikes in a natural environment

Speakers: Find educational and entertaining speakers for MOMS Club chapter meetings 3 to 4 times a year.


We still need volunteers for some of the playgroups:

Ages 4+:

Ages 2.5 ~ 3.5 years:

Ages 1.5 ~ 2.5 years: Brislyn Anton


If there are any groups you wish to start for the club, please contact me!

Calendar of Events!

Walking Club: Stroller Walk - hosted by Kelly DelGaizo (reoccuring Walking Club event)

Wednesday, July 2nd, 3pm


Mountain Lakes, NJ

We'll meet at the parking lot at the intersection of Boulevard and Briarcliff and go from there. Please check back the day of the walk to be sure that nothing has changed because of the weather!

July Chapter Meeting & July 4th (on the 3rd) Celebration!

Thursday, July 3rd, 9:30am-12pm

RVA Fields 353 Powerville Road, Boonton Township, NJ 07005, United States

Celebrate the 4th of July at our July Chapter Meeting! We will have snacks & drinks for all, plus some festive fun!

We will be under the Pavilion with the playground close by! We will take care of chapter business at 10:00, meet the eboard, welcome any new members, & then PLAY!

Because of everyone's varying nap schedule, please feel free to drop in whenever you would like during the meeting! Sleeping babies are always welcome!

Brookhollow Barnyard - hosted by Stephani Wright & Ali La Fiura

Tuesday, July 8th, 11am-2pm

Brook Hollow Farms, Boonton, NJ, United States

Boonton, NJ

Enjoy a day at the farm! Because we are on different nap schedules, we have a wider window so feel free to get there anytime in between 11 & 2!

Free Movie - Walking with Dinosaurs - hosted by Nicole Cechony

Wednesday, July 9th, 9:45am

Bowtie Cinemas Parsippany

Join Andrew and Nicole for Bowtie Cinema's free movie- Walking with Dinosaurs! This is Andrew's current favorite movie!

Park Date - hosted by Janet Crane

Thursday, July 17th, 9am

1345 Sussex Turnpike

Randolph, NJ

Join us for an early morning park date before it gets too hot! Venturing out to Brundage Park in Randolph for a change of scenery. It's on Carrell Road in Randolph.

Play Your Way - Open House - hosted by the eboard

Monday, July 21st, 10am-12pm

72 Hamburg Turnpike

Riverdale, NJ

We will be hosting an Open House at Play Your Way to introduce Moms in the area to our club. The event will run from 10-12 & be open to just our club during this time!

PLEASE join us! If you haven't attended an event in a long time, this is a great way to see lots of members, meet some new ones, & have a great time. If you have any girlfriends that live in the towns that our club serves, please invite them!

We will enjoy a special discounted rate of $7 for the first child (regularly $10) & $3 siblings (normally $5). Play Your Way is an excellent place for infants through 4 years old. There is so much to do & so much to play with in your own way!

We will have raffle prizes available for attendees! Current members (that's YOU!) will get one entry for coming to the event & one entry for every prospective mom you bring along!

Mount Playmore - hosted by Brislyn Jones-Anton

Tuesday, July 22nd, 9am

Mount Playmore

Come join us at the Mount Playmore at Turkey Brook Park! Cheyenne and Brislyn would love to meet all the 1.5 and 2.5 year olds. Hope to see you there! Address: 30 Flanders Rd, Budd Lake, NJ

Free Movie - Ice Age: Continental Drift - hosted by Nicole Cechony

Wednesday, July 23rd, 9:45am

Bow Tie Cinemas Parsippany

Join Andrew & I at the Movies!

July MNO! Keep Calm & Mani/Pedi hosted by Stephanie Dollard

Wednesday, July 23rd, 7pm

Oasis Nails in Boonton

It's local, relaxing and fun. Need another reason to join us? We can BYO! Bring whatever wets your whistle and a snack/appetizer. We can call this dinner if everyone brings something. You can specify whatever type of mani/pedi you'd like when you get there. It's important to RSVP this one so I can give a final headcount the day before!

Sky Zone Fun! Hosted by Lisa Calamari

Thursday, July 24th, 1:30pm

60 Chapin Rd


Bounce around with us at the New Sky Zone in Pinebrook. They will give us our own section to have the kids jump in. The cost is $10 for 30 minutes, plus $2 for socks, or $20 for 60 minutes, socks included.

Tiny Tot Tuesday at Sunrise Lake - hosted by Stephani Wright

Tuesday, July 29th, 9am

270 Mendham Rd

Morristown, NJ

Tuesday mornings in July, Sunrise Lake is reserved for Tiny Tot Tuesdays. This early morning time allows parents & toddlers a chance to enjoy the beach before it opens for the day. Together parents & toddlers can explore the beautiful water & sandy beach of Sunrise Lake from 9:00 am - 10:45 am. $3 per adult, FREE for toddlers 4 and under

For more information, visit the Sunrise Lake Beach Club Office or call 973-326-7616.

Regular beach rate applies at 11:00 am

EBOARD Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, July 30th, 8pm

Stephani's House

The eboard meets the last Wednesday of each month to discuss upcoming events, service projects, & other business of the MOMS Club. If you have any suggestions, please contact one of the eboard members prior to our meeting to submit your ideas for discussion!

The following International MOMS Club volunteers help our chapter!

Primary Coordinator/Assistant Regional Coordinator:

Tara-Lyn O’Connell |

Conference 4 Coordinator:

Nadine Young |

“MOMS Club,” the “Mother-To-Mother Fund” and the Mother/Children logo are registered service marks of International MOMS Club.