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.
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00
The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Mineola.
With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born.
Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00
As I tried to make my way through the unforgiving monsoon season, rain pouring as far as the eye could see, dodging puddles I rushed inside the school building. The guard yelled in the background for the children to come in quickly before they dragged in even more mud inside. Trying hard not to slip on the wet dirty floor, I pondered to myself what
exactly I was doing here. The words of Mahatma Gandhi resonated inside my head, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Here I was at a school in Mumbai India, 7800 miles from my home in Mineola, volunteering with “Aseema,” a non-governmental organization whose mission is to empower and educate the under privileged children. Children living on the streets or in slums and in inhuman conditions.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team defeated the Roosevelt Roughriders 47-38 on Saturday, Sept. 20.
Senior quarterback James Gerstner led the Mustangs (2-0) to victory by rushing 212 yards and securing five touchdowns on 23 carries. He also completed 11 of 13 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown.
“This was a big game—we were ready and pumped up all week,” Gerstner said. “We came in ranked third but we knew we could beat them.”
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Varsity Football team’s defense dominated Valley Stream South, winning 21-0 on Sept. 13. The Falcons never got further then Mineola’s 30 yard line. The defense was lead by senior linebackers Eric Guardado (8 tackles 6 assist), Ed Hincapie (6 tackles, 5 assist) and safety John Clancy (tackles, 3 assist).
Defensive linemen Anthony Sarno, Luigi Athan, Victor Tineo, Matt Lafaye and Chris Brenes controlled the line of scrimmage. Defensive backs Peter McCormack and Chris Lockwood played very well as they combined for eight tackles and only allowed two pass completions. Linebacker Kyle Dunleavy, Ben Carbone, Matt Kosowski and Brian Smith also played very well.