Roxy’s Best Of…Randolph, New Jersey

The Best of Randolph, NJ, from kid stuff (including summer camp) to restaurants to shopping

Aug
18

Upcoming Fundraisers at Randolph Gymnastics in Randolph NJ

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Support the Randolph Gymnastics competitive team and get great holiday gifts for friends and family by participating in the Yankee Candle Fall/Holiday Collection of 2010 Fund Raiser running Sept. 1st – 29th at Randolph Gymnastics.  The team is also holding a bake sale from Monday, September 13th – Saturday, September 18th featuring home made treats, coffee, and more.

CLOTHING DRIVE: Donate your old clothes, bags, toys, bedding, etc. to 3rd World Countries, Fund Raiser running until October 28th.

For more information, contact Randolph Gymnastics and ask for Shannon. 973-584-4111

Aug
06

It Pays to Plan Ahead! Register Now for Fall Session at Randolph Gymnastics and Get 10% Off

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Friends and loyal readers know that Roxy is more of a procrastinator than a planner, but we all know that the early bird catches the worm, and today I learned of an early bird discount for London and Maddie’s gymnastics classes that is just too good to pass up.

Register NOW (through August 30th) for the Fall Session (August 30th through November 13th) at Randolph Gymnastics and save 10%. Print this page and present it when registering.

You must register before August 30th and pay in full to receive this discount.

Please call Randolph Gymnastics at (973) 584-4111 for more information on scheduling for Fall gymnastics classes, and be sure to tell them Roxy sent you.

Jul
31

Peanut Butter Recommends: Dr. Wendy Turner at the American Animal Hospital in Randolph, NJ

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Since we got our beloved cockapoo puppy, Peanut Butter, back in May, we have certainly been remiss in not posting Peanut Butter’s personal recommendation of Dr. Wendy Turner at the American Animal Hospital in Randolph, NJ.  We found Dr. Turner through a referral by our personal puppy nanny 911, Justine Schuurmans of The Family Dog.  Whenever we go to the veterinarian, Peanut Butter gets so much love and attention from Wendy and the entire staff that she doesn’t care whether she’s getting a shot or blood test.

Jul
26

Junior Olympic Winners at Randolph Gymnastics

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At the end of every school year, Randolph Gymnastics holds an annual Junior Olympic Ceremony where all of their students receive an award for participating for the entire season. Students ages 5 and up undergo testing during the month of May. The outstanding students that receive the most points are also awarded with a trophy or medal for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each age group. Congratulations to this year’s winners:

  • Girls ages 5 & 6: 1st place - Lauren Coyne, 2nd place - Alexandra Glasser & Maria Damiano, 3rd place - Sarah Karbanchinshy
  • Girls ages 7 & 8: 1st place - Rachel Thompson & Skylar Macak, 2nd place - Cindy Gao, 3rd place - Mikaela Timmermans
  • Girls ages 9 & 10: 1st place - Sara Isenberg, 2nd place - Dani Greene & Olivia Timmermans, 3rd place - Noel Appleby
  • Girls ages 11+: 1st place - Caitlin Cavanough, 2nd place - Jenny Bohn & Lesly Kurian, 3rd place - Aly Stiles
  • Boys ages 5 & 6: 1st place - Jordan Ferrano & Alex Ecko, 2nd place - Jason Vella, 3rd place - Thomas McGlynn & Frank Vilot
  • Boys ages 7 & 8: 1st place - Ben McDonough, 2nd place - Jared Mitchell, 3rd place - Joseph Quinones
  • Boys 9 & 10: 1st place - Eric Befumo, 2nd place - James Gause
  • Boys 11+: 1st place - Kevin Farrelly, 2nd place - Kyle Dew.

Jun
04

Congratulations to the Randolph Gymnastics Team! 2010 USAIGC State Championship Results

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The 2010 USAIGC State Championships were held on May 29th and 30th at the Convention Center in Wildwood, New Jersey.

For the Gold Division, 12 year old Hannah Liu won bronze medals on Balance Beam, Floor Exercise, All Around, and won the gold on Vault making her the 2010 Vault State Champion. 13 year old Aimee Mehta, won the silver medal on Vault and the bronze medal for All Around.

In the Silver Division, 11 year old Miranda Mornhineway won silver medals on Balance Beam and Floor Exercise; she also won bronze medals on the Uneven Bars and All Around.

In the Bronze Division, 8 year old Laura Pailas won the bronze medal on Vault. 10 year old Emily Otten won the silver medal on the Uneven Bars. 9 year olds, Sara Hafemeister won the bronze medal on the Uneven Bars; Shelby Reed won the silver medal in All Around, and the gold medal on Vault making her the 2010 Vault state champion; Sarah Houser won the silver medal on Vault, and gold medals on the Uneven bars, Floor exercise, and All Around bringing home three (3) state titles:  2010 state champ on bars, floor and all around.

May
19

Open Registration for Fall Session at Randolph Gymnastics

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Even though our family has been highly focused on London and Maddie’s softball games with the Yankees and the Mets this season, our daughters’ thoughts are never far away from the good times they’ve had over the years at Randolph Gymnastics. I just received an email reminding me that it is almost time to sign up for the Fall Session, which runs from August 30th through November 13th. Randolph Gymnastics will be holding open registration for Fall classes on Saturday, June 5th. Parents and children are welcome to come in, meet your child’s instructor, and play for an hour. Here’s the schedule for Saturday, June 5th:

  • 18 months to 5 years old (not in Kindergarten): 1:00 - 2:00pm
  • 5-year-olds to 8-year-olds (Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced): 2:00pm - 3:00pm
  • 9-year-olds and up (Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced): 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Boys, girls, tumblers and gymnasts are welcome.

While you’re there, pay in full and save 10% on Fall classes.

Call Randolph Gymnastics at (973) 584-4111 to learn more about summer camp, group classes, private lessons or birthday parties. If you let Shannon know that Roxy sent you, she’ll arrange for an age and skill appropriate free trial class for your child.

Apr
16

London Still Has Cartwheelatitis…Open Registration for Spring Session and Summer Camp at Randolph Gymnastics

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London and Maddie just started playing softball this year, and they’re having a blast… however, you can always recognize London when she’s not in the field… instead of sitting obediently on the bench, waiting for her turn at bat, she’s cartwheeling along the sidelines.   When London learned the “windmill” pitching technique at a softball pitching clinic last weekend, I started expecting her to incorporate a cartwheel into her pitch.

Anyway, it’s just a reminder that I can take the girl out of gymnastics for a session to try another sport, but I can’t take gymnastics out of the girl…

Randolph Gymnastics is now registering for spring classes… the next session starts May 3rd and runs through the remainder of the school year until June 26th.  Summer camp starts June 28th and runs through August 27th.

Mar
19

Hey, Mamma! London and Maddie Recommend Mamma Caterina Restaurant in Randolph, NJ

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At the beginning of this year’s “season” for Garden State Ballet and Randolph Gymnastics, London and Maddie discovered a new restaurant:  Mamma Caterina, 1250 Sussex Turnpike in Randolph, NJ.  Since the girls’ ballet and modern dance classes run pretty late, we’ve found it very convenient to stop in to Mamma Caterina either before or after dance class for a slice of pizza for Maddie, chicken fingers and fries for London, and a rice ball for Roxy.  So far, everything we’ve tried has been delicious!

Mamma Caterina, 1250 Sussex Turnpike, Randolph, NJ  07869.  Phone: (973) 933-2531

Feb
15

Summer Camp 2010 at Randolph Gymnastics

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There’s another 4 to 7 inches of snow headed for the Roxiticus Valley tonight and tomorrow, so I’ve decided to warm things up by reviewing London and Maddie’s summer camp options. While I will write about ballet, tennis, singing and acting camps in the coming weeks, today’s focus is gymnastics summer camp for kids 5 and up.

London and Maddie are in the midst of another great year of weekly gymnastics lessons at Randolph Gymnastics.  The new session started the week of February 8th and runs through May 1st. If you’d like your child to get started right away, they’re very flexible about pro-rating the session cost for the remaining weeks.   Since the kids have off from school today (Monday, February 15th) for Presidents’ Day, Randolph Gymnastics is hosting an open workout from 1 to 3pm. It’s a great chance for you to see how your kids like it while you meet the instructors. For $10/person, you can turn them loose at Randolph Gymnastics, where instead of jumping on your sofa, kids can go crazy on the inflatables (giant slide and bouncing castle), as well as the trampolines, balance beams, and other gymnastics equipment, all supervised by a staff of professional instructors.

A few weeks ago, Rex and I had the chance to stop by and see our girls in action during a Friday make up lesson, and we continue to be impressed when we see Maddie cartwheeling on the balance beam and London’s back flips on the trampoline.

Over the summer, starting the week of June 28th and running through August 27th, Randolph Gymnastics offers a 10-week Summer Day Camp Program for aspiring gymnasts age 5 and up to learn or maintain their gymnastics skills during the off-season. Both a full and half day camp schedule is available. The full day runs from 9:00am through 4:00pm and half day runs 9:00am through 1:00pm. Before care starting at 8am and after care until 6pm is available if needed for $5/hour per child. Some of the camp’s activities will include: recreational gymnastics & open work-out, arts & crafts, games and races, swimming, non-contact team sports, and a climbing wall.

The awesome climbing wall shown in the photo on the left is right next door at Randolph Climbing Center, where London and Maddie have enjoyed several rock climbing birthday parties.

The Randolph Gymnastics Summer Day Camp schedule is flexible, and you’ll find rates on the Randolph Gymnastics web site for one to five days per week and one to ten weeks of camp.

Call Randolph Gymnastics at (973) 584-4111 to learn more about summer camp, group classes, private lessons or birthday parties. If you let Shannon know that Roxy sent you, she’ll arrange for an age and skill appropriate free trial class for your child.

Jan
16

School Holiday Open Workouts… and Another Amazing Make-Up Lesson for London and Maddie with Coach Jordan at Randolph Gymnastics

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I don’t know about you, but I feel like the last month or so of holidays was both relaxing and a blur… while we had plenty of family time, including Rex’s terrific holiday meals, with London and Maddie’s brothers, sister, niece, nephews and grandmothers, we got away from our usual routines… ballet, modern dance, gymnastics.  Now that we’re back at school, we’re off to a great start in the New Year 2010, and the girls are happy to be back to their after-school classes at Randolph Gymnastics, including a couple of fun Friday night make-ups with Coach Jordan for the classes we missed during the hectic holidays.

Our Friday night make-up sessions have become a big event for the whole family, since instead of having our nanny drive the girls to class, Rex and I go along to see the progress they’re making in their classes at Randolph Gymnastics, followed by dinner at Pizza Pub in Ironia or Redwoods in Chester, NJ.  Even though our girls will never be Olympic champions, we are always impressed with the moves and positions they’re able to perform… Maddie has become a master of the “bridge” and is practicing the back walkover… a position that demonstrates her incredible flexibility, while London loves the back bend kickover so much that she’s writing a “how to” for her third grade class.  Both of the girls keep working to improve their flips, handsprings and carthweels on the in-ground power tumble track.  Whenever I see them bouncing down the track, I want to jump right in! Even though many of the moves are quite challenging, with Coach Jordan there to “spot” the girls (and catch them before they fall), we never have to worry that they’ll hurt themselves by doing something they shouldn’t.  A reminder that if your child is really talented, Randolph Gymnastics also offers private lessons with many of their coaches.

Even though we’re just past ten days of Christmas holidays, on Monday, January 18th, London and Maddie and kids all over New Jersey are looking forward to a day off in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Instead of having the kids running around the house, bouncing off the walls and looking for something to do… why not let them burn off that energy with an Open Workout at Randolph Gymnastics? For $10/person, you can turn them loose at Randolph Gymnastics, where instead of jumping on your sofa, kids can go crazy on the inflatables (giant slide and bouncing castle), as well as the trampolines, balance beams, and other gymnastics equipment, all supervised by a staff of professional instructors. Open Workouts will be offered at Randolph Gymnastics from 1:00 to 3:00pm on Monday, January 18th (MLK), and Monday, February 15th (Presidents’ Day).

The next session starts February 8th and runs through May 1st, with open registration starting on January 25th. So if your children love their Open Workout, you can meet the instructors and sign up for weekly classes, available for all ages and abilities. London and Maddie have been attending classes since they were toddlers, and while they’re not likely to make the Randolph Gymnastics team, they’ve progressed to Novice II and Novice III and show no sign of stopping.

Call Randolph Gymnastics at (973) 584-4111 to learn more about group classes, private lessons or birthday parties. If you let Shannon know that Roxy sent you, she’ll arrange for an age and skill appropriate free trial class for your child.