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May
29

What to Expect When You’re Expecting…a Puppy. Family Dog Clinics at Well Bred in Chester, NJ.

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It’s been just about a year since I reported to our loyal Roxiticus Desperate Housewives and Roxy’s Best Of… readers that we had added our first cockapoo puppy, Peanut Butter, to our family. And just like I had my two girls 13 months apart, we’re expecting again…a Cockapoo sister for Peanut Butter, 8-week-old Honey…is due next weekend. Right now, it feels like I’m taking care of an energetic toddler while being nine months pregnant, getting ready for the new baby and working hard to finish things up at the office ahead of maternity leave in less than a week. Last year, Maddie planned for months, doing research and learning how to take some of the responsibility for training and grooming our new arrival. Getting ready for Peanut Butter, I read and studied “Puppies For Dummies as well as the Dog Whisperer’s “How to Raise the Perfect Dog” by Cesar Millan and ordered his six DVD Boxed Set as “a present for Maddie.” This time around, with Honey on the way, I’m skimming through the books this weekend as if I were cramming for an exam. Off to Petco for a second set of food and water bowls, more bully sticks, find where we stored PB’s old puppy-size bed when she outgrew it. Plan on sleep deprivation and puppy-proofing the house.
Next weekend, we have a big weekend planned. London and Maddie have the annual Lemon Ball at Mendham Township Elementary School on Friday night, followed by their softball championship game on Saturday morning, hopefullly followed by an ice cream celebration at Penguin in Bernardsville. Then it’s off to Pleasant Valley, New York with the whole family, including Peanut Butter, to pick up our new cockapoo puppy at Mulberry Farm.
We need Puppy Nanny 911 (again!)… stat!
Lucky for Roxy, we have just such a service right here in Mendham, NJ… Justine Schuurmans and The Family Dog to the rescue!! Justine is a kinder, gentler local dog whisperer (better, safer, positive — consequences and kindness — training techniques) right here in Morris County, NJ. She’s also a fellow Mendham Township Elementary School mother who came to our rescue when Peanut Butter arrived on the scene last year.
The Family Dog is a local Morris and Somerset County service just like Super Nanny or Nanny 911, only for dogs! What I’ve learned from my Dog Whisperer books and videos so far is that while it’s great to take your new puppy to obedience school, it’s the people who really need the training, and most families need help where it counts - at home. That’s where The Family Dog comes in…. two fun-loving, long-time professional dog trainers who are juggling a full schedule, with four dogs and four children under six between them. They both teach classes at St. Huberts, but realize that families need a different kind of help.
The Family Dog is the only dog training company in the area that is specifically designed for FAMILIES! When I first spoke with Justine, I realized that their approach is really designed to fit in with my busy schedule…and, as I remind both my loyal readers and my mother, I’m not really a housewife, nor do I play one on TV… I’m a full-time investment banker and mother of two. Clearly I need to make time for our new puppy, but it is great to know that Justine understands and can help me to develop a schedule that enables the whole family to share the responsibility for Peanut Butter. No matter how long you’ve had your dog, The Family Dog has a program that will ensure the best possible future for him or her. Justine and/or her partner, Leah Hatley (who is based out of Morristown, NJ), can help prepare you and your family for a new dog, give your puppy the best start in life, create good habits for your adolescent dog, and help your children learn the best ways to respect and nurture your four-legged friend. Each of your training sessions will be conveniently held in your own home.
That means NO traveling, NO scheduling conflicts and you will be practicing in the place you need it most!
Maddie and London adore Justine, who met with me pre-Peanut Butter to do some puppy-proofing and gave the girls a private session before our puppy arrived to give all of us the info and training we need to set off on the right foot. She brought one of her own dogs to coach us and let the girls practice on, so they felt like experts when Peanut Butter came home with us. Justine helped us through all of the early puppy (and family) training, and now PB sits, lies down, waits for food, and fetches when asked. More importantly, Maddie and London know how to respond to calm Peanut Butter down when she’s over-excited…and now it’s time to put those skills to good use when Honey arrives. So much is in the preparation, and now, with another one on the way, we’re back to writing the term paper on the night before it’s due!
The Family Dog, serving Morris and Somerset Counties with DogNanny 911 services from Mendham and Morristown, NJ.

Phone: (973) 910-0364. Be sure to let Justine know that Roxy sent you!!

And now for something new and different from Justine and The Family Dog…Clinics at Well Bred in Chester, NJ. Your new puppy: What to do. What to buy. And what you can safely ignore. Learn the dog trainer’s secrets (what the training books won’t tell you) for $25/person or $40/couple on Wednesday, June 8th from 7:00pm-8:30pm. Thinking about it? Getting one? Just got one? Don’t miss your chance to learn EVERYTHING you need to know about owning a new puppy:

  • How to choose the right puppy for your family
  • Preparing your house and your family
  • Buying the right equipment. What you need and what you don’t.
  • What is “socialization” and why is it so important?
  • House training 101
  • What type of training is best? Group or private in-home classes?

Sign up online at The Family Dog.

May
07

Best Mother’s Day Present Ever…Life in Motion Photography Captures Mendham Minors Mets in Action

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Yep, I’ve neglected my blog lately, right here at Roxy’s Best Of… and over on Roxiticus Desperate Housewives.  However, I have a terrific reason, and it starts with Mendham Little League girls softball.  As my 9-year-old daughter Maddie puts it, “none of the dads had enough time to coach our softball team full time, so my mom stepped up to manage the Mets.”  I was nervous about my softball skills…while I pitched for the Branchburg Central Falcons, that was 30 years ago!  I walked into a Mendham Little League managers meeting with 60 guys and me, not an unusual experience to be the only woman in my day job as an investment banker, but still intimidating. Given how important softball has been to my family, I ignored my bad nerves, looked to Coach Becky for advice online, and started quoting Tony LaRussa (one of my childhood heroes, current St. Louis Cardinals manager, and author of Three Nights in August):

 ”I’m as nauseous as I’ve ever been. I have a terrible headache. My head is pounding. I feel like throwing up and I’m having trouble swallowing. And the beauty of it is, you want to feel like this every day.”

Despite the constant April showers that rained out six of our first games, the Mendham Minors Mets are now 7-0 with three weeks left in the regular season, all 11 players are getting better with every practice, I get a lot of support from the other team parents, and my girls and I are having the time of our lives.  When Maddie pitches well, London makes a great play at the plate or 3rd base, or both of my girls get a solid hit, we celebrate with ice cream…Cold Stone Creamery in Bedminster, Penguin Ice Cream in Bernardsville, and today we hit Hoffman’s Ice Cream in Pt. Pleasant Beach on our way to our beach house in Bay Head.

Even though Rex and the girls left a little green bag from Jewelers’ Gallery of Mendham back in their bedroom in the Roxiticus Valley, I’ve already had the best Mother’s Day weekend ever… Maddie pitched two innings with plenty of strike-outs, London made two perfect plays at 3rd base, and both girls rocked the bats.  London and Maddie each had a double dip with extra toppings, and Rex and I shared a thick shake float at Hoffman’s in Pt. Beach.  We continued on to Crab Shack in Brick to pick up 50 clams and four 2-pound lobsters for Mother’s Day Eve dinner at home. I stocked the beach fridge with a case of microbrews, and we are ready for summer!

And then I received the most amazing email from Mariah Seminara of Life in Motion Photography… a slideshow of all the action photos from today’s Mets doubleheader vs. the Blue Jays.  I’m having some trouble uploading new photos to my blog, but as soon as that’s resolved I’ll share some of the close-ups:  London in full catching gear, Maddie pitching, a close play at the plate…wow!

Last year, when I was a mere spectator and Yankees mom, kicking back in the bleachers while our coach-of-the-year Michael Surella did all the heavy lifting, I was disappointed in the action photos Rex and I took all season…all the tiny, blurry players (is that Joey or Nikki on the mound?? How did we miss London’s game-saving catch at 3rd base?). So this year I hired Mariah Seminara and Life in Motion Photography of Mendham NJ to come to our doubleheader vs. the Blue Jays this morning to photograph the Mets in action, and she did not disappoint.

For $25.00 per player (minimum 10 players), Life In Motion Photography will come to your sporting event and photograph your team as a group, take individual photographs of each player, and capture professional action photographs during the game. The $25.00 Life in Motion package includes:
o A 5×7 Individual Photograph
o A CD of all of the action photos taken of your child during the game

If you’re tired of bad sports photographs, bring in the heavy hitters…Life in Motion Photography of Mendham will capture your team in action and promises that the photos will be something the children will want to have and hand out to their friends and family.  I know I can’t wait to share the best Mother’s Day present ever with my BFFs…and I don’t want to jinx anything but I’ve already booked Life in Motion for Saturday, June 4th in case the Mendham Minors Mets make it to the championship game…wish us luck!!

May
05

Mendham Little League Heart of the Diamond Tribute to Jim Turner on Saturday, May 21, 2011

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On Saturday, May 21, Mendham Little League is sponsoring a “Heart of the Diamond” Tribute to Jim Turner.  The event begins with a 3:00pm Softball and Whiffle Ball Tournament and Homerun Derby on the Brookside Fields (adjacent to the Brookside Community Club).  The price for adults and kids is $10/person.

In the evening, the festivities continue from 7pm to 11pm with an adults-only dinner and band at the Brookside Community Club.  $50 per person includes a live band (Catz n Dawgz), italian buffet, beer and wine, and a basket auction.

Click the link for more information and a contribution form, and return your form no later than May 18th to: Mendham Little League, P.O. Box 322, Mendham, NJ 07945.

Proceeds to benefit the Mendham Junior Women’s Defibrillator Project as well as the Education Fund for Jim Turner’s children.

Apr
07

Mendham Little League Sponsors Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y. Clinic Thursday, April 14th

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Attn. Softball and Baseball Managers, Coaches, Game Coordinators, and any parent who may “Pinch Hit” on the field. 

Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y. Training is mandatory for Coaches, Managers, and any parent who wants to help out on the field at games or practice.  Mendham Little League’s policy is that any manager, coach or parent who helps on the field in any role must have Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y. clinic certification.

The clinic is April 14, 2011 from 6:30-9:30 pm at the West Morris Mendham High School. In order to register you must contact Edwardwpowers@yahoo.com by April 7, 2010.

Please take advantage of this in town opportunity to complete your certification!

Williamsport Little League has instituted a new rule that at every game (Girls Softball Minors and Boys AAA), in addition to the coaches and umpires, there must be an adult “game coordinator” who stays through the entire game to make sure that no one is harassing the teenage umpires etc. In order to do this (for liability reasons) the game coordinator must also be a certified coach. So Mendham Little League is sponsoring a free class next Thursday, April 14th to get you certified to coach or volunteer on the field (see details below). It would be a convenient way for you to get your license to help out coaching. Once you sit through the class it is your certification forever and applies to coaching or volunteering for multiple sports.

I’ve told my team parents that since we are going to need a parent to be game coordinator for each game it would be great for everyone to do it….even for those whose skills are a little rusty or have never played, if you’re going to be at the game to cheer your kids on anyway, having your certification will enable us to have enough game coordinators on hand to play all of our games. No game coordinator? No game.

If you’re planning to be on the field as a coach or game coordinator and are not already certified, please register TODAY (Thursday, April 7th) by sending the following information to Ed Powers at edwardpowers@yahoo.com:.
• Your name
• Your e-mail address
• Your telephone number

Mar
18

Mendham Hoops Action: 6th Grade Boys Garden State League Basketball Championship and More

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Our Mendham Patriot Boys 6th grade team in the top division of the Garden State League has won their conference regular season championship and advanced to the final of the year-end tournament. Mendham defeated defending champion Morristown 51-39 on Tuesday in the semifinal game.

Mendham will host the championship game against Montgomery this Saturday, March 19th at Mendham Township Middle School at 1:30pm. We encourage you to come out and support our players. Admission is free.

Also, our 4th grade Boys (#1 seed), 5th grade Boys (#1 seed) and 8th grade Girls (#1 seed) teams have advanced to the semifinals of their league tournaments. Scheduled games currently include the 8th grade girls semi-final also this Saturday, March 19th at Mendham Township Middle School at 10:30am, the 4th grade boys semi-final this Saturday, March 19th at Mendham Township Middle School at 3:00pm, and the 5th grade boys semi-final Monday, March 21st at Mendham Township Middle School at 6:00pm.

Go Patriots!

Mar
11

Local March Madness on Selection Sunday 3/13: Mendham vs. Chester Girls Basketball 3:30pm at Mendham Township Middle School

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The Mendham Patriots 5th grade girls’ travel basketball team finished their inaugural season in the Garden State League with 11 wins and 3 losses. After receiving a first round bye Mendham now opens the playoffs at home against arch rival Chester. Chester is fresh off a stunning victory at Hanover and is looking to avenge a February defeat at home at the hands of the Patriots. This one has all the makings of a nip and tuck battle that will go down to the final buzzer. Chester will bring a large contingent of friends and family with them so Mendham girls really need your help to maintain the home court advantage.

Game time is Sunday, March 13th, 3:30 PM at Mendham Township Middle School.

We hope to see you all there…Go Patriots!

Feb
17

Mendham Little League Rocks! Fundraiser Saturday, March 5th, 2011 at 7pm

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Yankee pitchers and catchers reported to spring training on Valentine’s Day, so London and Maddie’s softball season can’t be far behind. Mendham Little League is getting us ready ahead of time with a rockin’ fundraiser on Saturday, March 5th at the Brookside Community Club.

Saturday, March 5th, 7:00
Brookside Community Club
$75 Per Person Presale ($90 @ the door)
Food, Drinks, Silent Auction, Raffles…..
Featuring Morris County’s own
-The Hollow -
“a potent blend of rock, funk & blues”

Another Rockin’ Good Time Supporting Mendham Little League

Jan
28

Follow the Yellow Brick Road! Auditions for Mendham Hexagon Players Production of Wizard of Oz

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The yellow brick road may be covered in a foot of snow, but that won’t stop Hexagon Players of Mendham. Wizard of Oz auditions are scheduled for Wednesday, February 16th at 6:00pm & Friday, February 18th at 6:00pm at Grace Lutheran Church, 65 East Main Street in Mendham, NJ.

London has been preparing since we saw Annie in November, including Masters Classes and private voice lessons at Annie’s Playhouse in Far Hills, NJ, but we know from her previous Hexagon Players auditions (Annie and Willie Wonka) that the competition is fierce! The auditions themselves are quite an event (think American Idol comes to Mendham without Steven Tyler to tell anyone “you sing beautiful“) and a great chance to check out some of the terrific local talent that won’t make it into the show.

All those auditioning should be prepared to sing a song from any show and should bring sheet music in the key that you will be singing it in. For more information visit the Hexagon Players web site or call 973-543-8770.

Show dates will be May 13, 14, 15, 20 & 21 to be held at Bernards High School in Bernardsville, New Jersey.

Jan
18

Mendham Township Family Skate Night at Mennen Arena Set for Friday, January 21st

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Yesterday, our family started what I hope will be an annual tradition to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday…we went in to NYC, starting our day with cupcakes at Crumbs Cupcake Bakery, followed by ice skating at The Pond in Bryant Park.  We had such a good time skating together that I decided to look up when the Mendham Township Recreation Commission is holding their annual Mendham Township Family Skate Night at Mennen Arena in Morristown, NJ.  Turns out it’s probably too soon for us to get back on the ice, as it is set for this Friday night, January 21st.  In addition, London is representing her 4th grade class in the Mendham Spelling Bee on Saturday morning, so we’ll probably make it an early night.  But enough about my excuses… we had London’s 7th birthday party at Mennen Arena and thought it was the perfect place for ice family skating in Morris County, NJ.  So bring your whole family and join in the fun of the Mendham Township Family Skate at Mennen Arena this Friday,January 21st from 7:30pm until 10:00pm. The cost is $15 per person ($45 family maximum), which includes: skate rentals and skate time, plus pizza and soda! The annual event starts with pizza and soda at 7:30 p.m. in a private room; skating begins at 8:00pm. Click here for registration forms (preregistration required). Click here for online payments/registration.

Jan
13

CANCELLED: New York Knicks Legend Walt Frazier at Mendham Books Thursday, January 13th at 7:00 PM

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Just received an email from Mendham Books that this event has been cancelled.  New York Knicks Legend Walt Frazier will be visiting Mendham Books on Thursday, January 13th at 7:00pm to sign copies of his book, Rockin’ Steady: A Guide to Basketball & Cool.

For millions of basketball fans in the 1970’s, Walt “Clyde” Frazier defined the world cool. One of the greatest point guards in NBA history. Three decades after its original publication, “Rockin’ Steady” is back with an all-new Introduction, Afterword, and everything that made it one of the most unique sports books of all time.

Can’t make it? Give Mendham Books a call (973-543-4949) and they’ll get a copy signed for you!

Hope to see you there!
Mendham Books, 84 East Main Street (Kings Shopping Center), Mendham, NJ 07945.