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.
Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00
Only once a year a 25-foot movie screen sits in the middle of Wilson Park in Mineola, ready to entertain residents. This year’s Movie Night in the Park feature The LEGO Movie, sponsored by the Village of Mineola and Mineola Chamber of Commerce on Friday, July 18.
The event, which was free of charge to all of the moviegoers, was meant to help promote local Mineola businesses, according to president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce Bill Greene.
“Small businesses are the backbone of the American industry, and we feel that this is a great way of giving back to the community with hopes that they’ll remember to shop locally,” said Greene.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Mineola resident Frank Zuniga and his wife, Charlotte, were heartbroken. It was bad enough that they had to take Mollie, their rescued beagle/terrier mix to the veterinarian on July 4, but it wasn’t until last week that they found out what happened to her until last week.
It started on Independence Day when Mollie, who the Zunigas adopted in February, started vomiting. Their regular vet was closed for the holiday, and the couple found that the Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center of Westbury would see them.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset.
The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.
The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.