Written by Paige McAtee Thursday, 20 March 2014 00:00
In movies like Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, a parent’s very real nightmare of inadequate child care is at the crux of the film’s storyline. So the promise of a new website with intentions to revolutionize babysitting offered new hope at the party recently held at Melville’s Jewel Restaurant to celebrate its launch.
Babysitting Barter has roughly 1,000 babysitters and 2,700 parents connected to its website nationwide, according to CEO and founder Brian Mannix.
“This has been a long time coming, about four years in the works,” said Mannix. “We have built our website and I think it’s very different and innovative. It is something that I really think will make a national difference for parents, babysitters, and for businesses as well.”
The way this business sets itself apart from other babysitting websites is its “Babysitting Barter bonus”, according to Communications Director Michelle Pagado. When the parents pay the sitters, Babysitting Barter also pays the sitters in bonus points that they can
redeem for either gift cards or cash.
In addition to providing gift cards, businesses can profit from this site through advertising local events where parents can sign up for the event and instantly book a babysitter.
This launch party was organized in order to celebrate the hard work that the staff at Babysitting Barter put into their website, and to network casually with sitters, parents, and businesses. The Babysitting Barter team is made up of Mannix, Pagado, Co-Founder Lauren Conlon, and Babysitter Evangelist Janai Wilson.
Mannix gave a presentation on the workings of his website, and also presented a video interview with an expert in the childhood field, the How Toddlers Thrive author Dr. Tovah P. Klein.
Part-time nanny and Babysitting Barter user Lauren Fitzmartin hopes to find work through the website. Fitzmartin believes that Babysitting Barter will see a great deal of success in the future.
“I think the website is easy to use, and easy to connect with parents and sitters,” she said. “I think it’s easier than other babysitting websites that I have been on.”
Babysitting Barter intends to make it as easy as possible to help parents, babysitters, and businesses to connect with each other, according to Pagado. “We have a board set up of QR codes, and you can go scan the codes and connect with babysitters, villages, and parents,” she said.
These smart phone QR code scanners are intended to make it possible for parents to connect with sitters of their choice almost instantly.
Local businesses Thirty-One, Silpada, and Zumba Fitness had booths set up at the event. These vendors sell goods that cater to the interests of moms and sitters, and they were selling items such as home organizational solutions, bags, and jewelry.
“We had different sitter giveaways and different parent giveaways, as well as goodie bags for everyone,” said Mannix. The prizes were mom- and sitter-related gifts that included Tupperware discounts, book giveaways, dance classes, yoga classes, and gift cards to 16 Handles, and more.
“It’s free promotion for businesses, sitters get an extra incentive, and it helps everybody all around,” said Pagado.
Babysitting Barter intends to reach out to as many people as they can, in order to help build a community.
Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00
Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.
“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.
According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”
The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs. She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games.
In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season.