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Ready for 1st Grade! F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA Kindergartners Graduate

F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA‘s kindergarten graduation. Front: Alexis Agi and Ella Francioli Back: Lavinia Everett, Lilly Schirmer, Finley Frieder. Credits: Madison Area YMCA
Graduate Lilly Schirmer, 6, from Madison, enjoys her kindergarten graduation from the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA with her grandmother.

Ready for first grade! The F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA celebrated kindergarten graduation where graduates enjoyed the ceremony with their families, friends and Kirby faculty and staff. 

Kindergarten at Kirby is a progressive, academically-focused, full-day program that is taught by an experienced, caring teaching team that includes a NJ State-certified Lead Teacher with a Master’s degree in education. Kirby is currently accepting students for Fall 2017 full-day kindergarten and the Kindergarten Wraparound program.

Financial assistance may be available for families that qualify. For more information about the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center, located at 54 East Street in Madison, please call 973-377-4945 or visit

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About the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center

The F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA is one of the largest early childhood development center and provides exceptional quality in childcare and curriculum-based early childhood education for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, Young 5 students and kindergartners. 

As a former elementary school, the Kirby Center facility is specifically designed for children. Located on almost 3-acres of property, the Center has a full-size gym, full kitchen that serves snacks and meals, a pediatric registered nurse on staff and five state-of-the-art playgrounds to serve all age groups.

The F.M. Children’s Kirby Center is a member of the prestigious New Jersey YMCA State Alliance, a participating partner in the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey initiative to implement school-based food, nutrition and physical education programs and is also a flagship center for the Healthy U program which teaches preschool children the importance of physical activity and healthful nutrition. Financial assistance may be available for eligible families.

The Madison Area YMCA is a 501c3 cause-driven charitable organization dedicated to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. 


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East Hanover/Florham Park

Outstanding Citizens To Be Honored at the Boy Scouts of America 23rd Annual Morris County Lifetime Achievement Awards Dinner

March 17, 2018

WHIPPANY, NJ - Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council will be honoring local community members at the Boy Scouts of America 23rd Annual Morris County Lifetime Achievement Awards Dinner to be held on the evening of April 19 at The Hanover Marriott in Whippany at 6:30 pm.  This year’s honorees are Reynaldo Caudillo, Bruce Jones, Michael Lupton, Ron Morano, Lou ...

Avon Loses Its Last ‘Grand’ Hotel to the Claw of an Excavator

March 21, 2018

AVON-BY-THE-SEA, NJ — In less than two days, an Avon-by-the-Sea landmark that stood for 130 years was reduced to a huge pile of rubble. The Norwood Inn no longer stands on the corner of Norwood and Second Avenues — the last of the stately hotels that once graced the streets of Avon.

As onlookers gathered around the demolition site on March 15 and March 16, an excavator clawed its ...

Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Where Everyone is Irish for the Day

BELMAR/LAKE COMO, NJ — As the sun played hide and seek with the clouds yesterday afternoon, the Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick's Day Parade marched down Main Street — in step with Irish tradition and community spirit.

As the sun played hide and seek with the clouds yesterday afternoon, the Belmar/Lake Como St. Patrick's Day Parade marched down Main Street — in step with ...

Recipe of the Week: Citrus Marinated Steak


1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 lemon juice
½ cup olive oil
¼ cup Worcestershire Sauce
1 TBS garlic, minced
1 tsp. black pepper
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. thyme & 3-4 sprigs
Juice of one blood orange
1 ½ lb. steak

To make the marinade, in a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients.  Using a plastic storage bag that closes ...

Sparta High School Students Create Donate Life Club

March 20, 2018

SPARTA, NJ – Sparta High School students held their inaugural meeting of the Donate Life Club on Wednesday, March 14. Minutes after the walk out in solidarity with Parkland school shooting victims, thirty students met in a classroom during lunch to hear from the NJ Sharing Network about organ donation.

Many of the students were classmates of Isak Anderson, a boy who passed away suddenly ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 13

On this episode of AtlantiCast, new clinical studies in the fields of cardiology and immunotherapy, national and statewide recognitions for Atlantic Health System medical centers and the inaugural AtlantiCast Collab Challenge!


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Frank J Smith School Hosts Scholastic Book Fair March 21-22

March 20, 2018

EAST HANOVER, N.J.- The East Hanover PTA is sponsoring The Scholastic Book Fair at Frank J Smith School this week, Wednesday and Thursday. Opportunities are still available to volunteer and donations will go directly to books for the school as all donations will be matched by Scholastic. Shopping on line is also available by clicking here. 

Joey Bella Memorial Fund, Inc. Band Beer Beefsteak

March 19, 2018

Joey Bella Memorial Fund, Inc. Band Beer Beefsteak  On-line Ticket Sales 

The 29th Annual Band Beer Beefsteak will be held on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 "under the tent" at Gardner Field, Savage Road and Route 46W, Denville.  Tickets are $60 per person and include an all-you-can-eat Beefsteak Dinner served by Giresi Caterers and 15+ microbrew beers.  Entertainment will ...