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July  11

Time for a Cold Shower

We just got  back from the Glen Ridge pool, which we found closed for a swim meet. We're pretty disappointed, but not as disappointed as Ridge Ranger, who sent this note to our mailbox:

If you thought you'd like take a late afternoon dip to cool off on one of the hottest days yet this summer, FORGET IT! There is a swimmeet going on and the pool is closed for the rest of the evening. Crying toddlers being turned away in droves.

They claim they've alerted everyone (with a frayed 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper at the entrance) that this was happening but they're not doing a very good job of communicating. As usual. They also claim they've posted this on their website but there is nothing on the home page.

We fork out hundreds of dollars for basically 2 months of use and all they do is further limit our access to the pool. When I was growing up, swim meets were held in the morning when useage was at its lowest level.

Food_by_cosimos Ridge Ranger does have a point. The powers-that-be at the pool might have reminded everybody by sending a note through GR Corner or telling us. Had we known, we would have run an item early today, suggesting that people wanting to cool off or swim laps at the Glen Ridge pool do so early. We would have changed our schedule.

On the other hand, the swim meet parents are eating well, as Cosimo's restaurant in Bloomfield has sent over a mobile munch wagon.

July 11, 2005 in Sheesh! | Permalink


Well, instead of the cold shower, I ran through the sprinkler with the kids.

Posted by: RidgeRanger | Jul 11, 2005 6:20:02 PM

The sprinkler is going now. The kids are cute when they go through. I'm not. We don't have AC and the pool run seemed a better option than the emergency room--we are seriously overheated. Couldn't agree more about the communication at GRCP. The website is always out of date, queries that are emailed are never answered, I have given them my email address 3 or 4 times, but have never received any updates from them. Get it together guys!

Posted by: Cheaplazymom | Jul 11, 2005 6:26:22 PM

I agree - I'm a bit mad about this. There was no advance warning, even though I'm a founding member and on the e-mailing list. And doesn't it seem a bit contradictory to be a member who pays the same dues as every other member, but am told to go home because some other members want to have their own event? If there are going to be different privileges for allowed usage, then there should be tiers of membership fees.

Posted by: Chuck | Jul 11, 2005 6:54:09 PM

On Wednesday evening the GRCP swim team and their families will be at Montclair Beach Club for a swim meet. The GRCP will be a nice quite place. Enjoy your evening!

Posted by: swim mom | Jul 11, 2005 7:52:44 PM

I feel your pain, Ridger.

This happens at the Verona Pool quite often as well. I agree that they should limit the meets to the AM hours.

Posted by: Miss Martta | Jul 11, 2005 8:38:39 PM

Swim Mom,

Will Montclair Beach Club be closed, then, Wednesday night for regular swimmers? Maybe we should warn those folks to take a swim early in the day.

Posted by: The Barista | Jul 11, 2005 8:48:46 PM

Apparently the swimteamistas rule over when the hoi-polloi get to use their respective COMMUNITY pools. BTW-swim mom: the forecast for Wednesday is for a high of 83, so I guess the folks in Montclair won't be as put out when they show up and are turned away. Or maybe the folks in Montclair actually have some form of communication about when their pool is closed?

Posted by: RidgeRanger | Jul 11, 2005 8:54:47 PM

I swam on my town swim team as a child, and our meets were always in the evenings so that parents could watch and cheer, and so that other scheduled activities like swimming lessons wouldn't have to be cancelled. I also recall the schedule of both home and away meets being posted on the Notice Board by the bath house. There was also a big sign at the entrance to the park informing people of a meet that day.
Yes they need to improve communications, but take a deep breath and just let it go. Be glad you have a swim team for kids to have fun and exercise, and enjoy a sport they can participate in their whole lives long.

Posted by: gp2mtc | Jul 11, 2005 9:03:34 PM

Obviously the issue here is the communication (or lack thereof) by the GRCP.

Posted by: RidgeRanger | Jul 11, 2005 9:07:33 PM

There will be swimming for adults in the adult lanes and by the diving boards. MBC is an olympic size pool so there's no problem for members who need a dip.Swim meets are posted at the main entrance and all information is also e-mailed to swim team parents but not to the general membership. There's families there from all towns: Glen Ridge, Montclair, Bloomfield, Clifton, Verona ,etc. This is a great opportunity for many children and most parents can make it to the pool by 5:30 to see their child swim. This is GRCP's first year with a swim team and I'm sure that the problems will be worked out. Don't forget that the coach is probably a high school or college student and this is a learning experience for the children, the parents and the entire pool community.

Posted by: swim mom | Jul 11, 2005 9:35:04 PM

So, did Glen Ridge win?

Posted by: The Barista | Jul 11, 2005 10:00:24 PM

Miss Martta - Verona Pool is one of the only pools that does NOT close during swim meets. They close only the lap lanes. So you can still cool down quite nicely.

Posted by: butchie fedor | Jul 12, 2005 12:04:32 AM

Hey, it's over 110 degrees here in Las Vegas, I can't wait to get back to a cool NJ! Go GRCP kids beat Diamond Springs!
p.s. GRCP lost the first meet to Diamond but won the 2nd. Can someone who was at tonight's meet let the Barista know the results. I'm suffering from swim team withdrawal and a rest day for Le Tour de France....go Lance
ppss...If we had more people come out and join the original founding members of the pool, we would've had a larger pool to accomodate everyone.

Posted by: PAZinLV | Jul 12, 2005 12:23:53 AM

GRCP beat Diamond Springs! Go kids!
Ridge Ranger, be happy for the kids. They're at practice 4 days a week at 8:00 or 9:00, swimming the hearts out for a solid hour. More than many of us can say....
Go GRCP!!!!!!

Posted by: swimmom2 | Jul 12, 2005 8:00:08 AM

Hey Barista!
How about covering the next swim meet in your column? The suburban essex swim league consists of Glen Ridge Country Club, Glen Ridge Community Pool, Montclair Beach Club, Bradford Bath and Tennis Club and Diamond Springs. There's a tri-meet at 5:30 at MBC on Wednesday. Maybe we'll see you there and

Posted by: swim mom | Jul 12, 2005 8:06:37 AM

Hey Barista!
How about covering the next swim meet in your column? The suburban essex swim league consists of Glen Ridge Country Club, Glen Ridge Community Pool, Montclair Beach Club, Bradford Bath and Tennis Club and Diamond Springs. There's a tri-meet at 5:30 at MBC on Wednesday. Maybe we'll see you there and

Posted by: swim mom | Jul 12, 2005 8:06:37 AM

Hey Barista!
How about covering the next swim meet in your column? The suburban essex swim league consists of Glen Ridge Country Club, Glen Ridge Community Pool, Montclair Beach Club, Bradford Bath and Tennis Club and Diamond Springs. There's a tri-meet at 5:30 at MBC on Wednesday. Maybe we'll see you there and

Posted by: swim mom | Jul 12, 2005 8:07:22 AM

Good for those people who can get past the inconvenience of being unable to swim.

It's terrific that we have a swim team and that we are able to participate in events like this. When you realize what a long, hard road it was to get this pool built, this is something we should be celebrating, and not kvetching about because we were denied a few hours of pool time (and yes, my family was sent home because of this, too)

I agree that more notice and better communication will help, but seeing how the management of this pool typically responds to problems, I can practically guarantee that, should this happen in the future, there will be ample notice.

In the meantime, be proud of these kids and the coach who work hard to make this happen.

Posted by: sue | Jul 12, 2005 8:49:20 AM

I spoke to Dan the manager early this morning about the communication. I had warned them about a week previous to the meet that they should start posting information about the closing of the pool then. Unfortunately, as Dan pointed out, all the web-related means of communication are controlled by people who are on vacation. That doesn't excuse the lack of postings around the pool, but it does explain the e-mail problem. Also, I believe there is only one meet at home, which is very reasonable. The kids love the swim team. Hopefully next year there will be a better effort to let everyone know the schedule.

Posted by: S | Jul 12, 2005 9:24:10 AM


Not Baristanet!

Posted by: The Barista | Jul 12, 2005 9:29:20 AM

Hey swim-mom 2-

It's hard to be happy for your kids when mine expected to go swimmimg and were turned away because the management can't communicate their intentions. Next time I'll let you explain to them why they should be happy.

Posted by: RidgeRanger | Jul 12, 2005 9:45:57 AM

not swim-mom, but I'll be appy to explain it to them. I explained it to my daughter who was just fine with it.

Posted by: sue | Jul 12, 2005 10:26:40 AM

Hey RidgeRanger! Trying not to flame you here. Consider this: Your kids lost the use of their pool for a couple of hours on one day. Not the use of their legs. If they are that "young" that this is a big issue...maybe they need to learn something about accepting disappointment, so that when larger issues than say, not being able to swim one particular afternoon, come up they can handle it?

We solved a similar kind of disappointment (the Mountainside pool being just too too crowded) by setting up an above ground backyard pool. It's been several years. My kid and his friends loved it. And our friends come by hang out and love both the privacy, and the intimacy, and of course the social piece.

Consider it?

Posted by: mediaguy | Jul 12, 2005 10:32:33 AM

I'm with Ridge Ranger all the way. It's not just the disappointment of not being able to swim.

Try spending 1/2 an hour changing into suits, applying suntan lotion on 2 squirming kids, packing the beach bag, corralling them out the door, locking them into respective car seats and driving over there. On one very hot day!

I had to go AFTER camp, AFTER the NAP and AFTER all the aforementioned "Hoo Ha". A sign posted there doesn't help me. Nor does the "Enjoy Wednesday Night" when the weather forecast calls for rain.

I tried to assuage the wild beasts by flip-flopping into Whole Foods with nothing but bathing suit and sarong for some ice cream and ended up having the 6 yearold drop a glass bottle of soda which popped and cut me in two spots. I was bleeding all over the floor.

But it wasn't as bad a day as last week when my remote car keys were flushed down the toilet by the two year old at Target and I was stranded with the small child. But I digress...

Perhaps a schedule of closed times at the beginning of the season passed out as you walk in. I'd appreciate that, far more than the snotty, "Be glad your kids have legs" attitude.

Just trying to keep cool.

Posted by: Amy | Jul 12, 2005 2:34:13 PM

Bravo Amy!

Sounds like we had the same pool prep experience. The 2 year old is, I think, still a bit young to "learn something about accepting disappointment".

You got the point, Amy, which others still seem to miss. The issue isn't the screaming kids (we deal with that on a daily basis) but the poor communication by the "Pool Team". If the communication had been better I never would have promised the 2-year old what is his current favorite thing in the world, a trip to the pool.

I guess I'll just run out to the garage and set up that pool I've got stored there. Doesn't everybody have one?

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