They Sure Look Bigger on the Ground

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 3:05pm  |  COMMENTS (29)

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New traffic signals are being installed at three intersections in Glen Ridge, as part of a state road improvement project. They’re not expected to go live until the end of the month. This picture, taken yesterday, is from the intersection of Bloomfield and Ridgewood Aves.

Decorated Montclair Cop Dead At 47

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 1:32pm  |  COMMENTS (16)

Carlos.jpegUPDATE: The viewing and funeral service will be held Monday, June 5th, 2006 at St. Mark’s Church, #51 Elm Street, Montclair. Viewing: 10:00 a.m.- 12:00, followed by service. Interment will be at Rosedale Cemetery. There will be a repast following the internment at St. Marks Church.

Deputy Chief Perry Mayers at the Montclair PD informed us of the untimely death of Detective Carlos Wormley yesterday morning, May 30, after a long fight with diabetes. Wormley, who served on the Montclair police force for 16 years, was also a life long resident of Montclair. He was 47 years old.

Detective Wormley became a member of the Montclair Police Department on August 17, 1990 after serving for 13 years as a volunteer member of the Montclair Deputy Police. Detective Wormley was most recently assigned to the Juvenile Aid Bureau. He also served as a firearms instructor for the Police Department and was the recipient of numerous awards for service and valor.

Det. Wormley is survived by his daughters Nyia K. Wormley and Jade Clarice Wormley, two sisters Delma Wormley Lacy and Wanda R. Wormley, his father Milton J. Wormley Sr., and a first cousin, Marion L. Parker. Funeral arrangements are being made at the Martin Funeral Home, on Elm Street, Montclair.

Howard Dean Brunching for $$$ In Montclair

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 12:11pm  |  COMMENTS (56)

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Can the Democratic Party win control of Congress come November? DNC Chairman Howard Dean thinks so, if they campaign hard in all 435 districts with a unified message. And that’s just what he’ll be discussing in Montclair this Sunday. If you missed out on the recent $2,100 a person cocktail party at the Plofker/Brown residence with Cory Booker, Barack Obama and Bob Menendez, then maybe you’ll want to shell out $125 for brunch starring Governor Dean and other democratic heavies. The fundraiser is this Sunday June 4th, 10:30am-12:30pm in Montclair. Besides Governor Dean, the sponsors tell us “it looks likely that US Senator Robert Menendez (back again), NJ State Senator Nia Gill and former Montclair resident Olympia Dukakis” will be in town for the brunch. They are hoping Governor Corzine will show, and you are all invited.

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Pascrell Celebrating High School Artists Today At Montclair State

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 11:23am  |  COMMENTS (5)

Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. will host a reception and awards ceremony announcing the winner of the Tenth Annual Congressional Art Contest at 6 p.m. tonight in the new George Segal Gallery at Montclair State. The art competition, open to highschool students in the eigth district, gives them an opportunity to showcase their work in the new gallery. The Congressional Art Contest is part of a nationwide program, and the first place winner’s artwork will be displayed in the United States Capitol Building for one year alongside winners from across the country. The runner up’s artwork will grace Pascrell√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s Paterson office.

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justeL: Our 50,000th Comment!

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 10:51am  |  COMMENTS (26)

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The bells, whistles and gongs are going off at Baristanet as our own Comment-o-meter, keeping count of all our readers’ comments, just reached 50,000! justeL was the 50,000th person to “Talk back to the Barista” about this morning’s post, Crimes Against Nature:

Same thing happened last year in the new Children’s Garden at Verona Park. Plants taken right after they were planted.

Posted by: justeL | May 31, 2006 10:28 AM

The unsuspecting justeL eclipsed the honor from regular commenter Walleroo, who logged in at 10:16 a.m. as our 49,999th. This is a milestone for Baristanet, and a testament to our loyal following. Your wild, unbridled and (don’t hold back) opinionated comments make this site a cool and fascinating place to be. Some of you may disagree, and yes we do feel the sting sometimes, but we are still happy to hear from you, any day, every @#$%$& day.

Hard Sell?

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 10:40am  |  COMMENTS (8)

It’s one of those strange coincidences. The Real Estate section of the Sunday New York Times runs this story: Some Buyers Regret Not Asking: Anyone Die Here?

It can be upsetting to discover that a residence was the site of a murder or suicide. Others see it as a chance for a bargain.

17astor_2 The timing is uncanny for Baristaville, not only because of recent stories about Glen Ridge’s own Tom Cruise living in a haunted house in Beverly Hills, but also as we learn that the home of Joan Galligan is up for sale. On the market for $599,000, the pretty three-bedroom, tree-shaded home on a quiet street in Glen Ridge has been on the market for a little over two weeks. From the Times

Today, a home associated with a murder or suicide can become what some brokers call a stigmatized property. So can homes reputed to have a resident ghost. Although they are free of physical defects like leaky roofs or lead paint, such properties can so spook potential buyers that they linger on the market and command less than market value.

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Crimes Against Nature

Wednesday, May 31, 2006 8:58am  |  COMMENTS (117)

While most of us were celebrating the beginning of summer this past weekend, new plants at Anderson Park were ripped out and ripped off by vandals. Scott Kevelson, of Friends of Anderson Park (FAP), who’s been keeping us updated on the park’s renovation, told us about the recent thefts.

“Over the past two weeks vandals have stolen about 15 bushes from the park. At first they only took bushes by the back of the (new) bathroom. They then moved to the front of the bathroom. I thought that once the lights come on they would be deterred. But over the last two nights (Saturday and Sunday) they started to take bushes by the new entrance at Bellevue Ave. So far in that area 7 bushes have been taken.”

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The Real Christopher Court

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 4:43pm  |  COMMENTS (27)

Maybe it’s time for another name change. Mike M. alerts us to this Christopher Court, located less than nine miles from our own Crisco.

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Sitiuated a stone’s throw from the Garden State parkway in Irvington at 157 Western Parkway, this Christopher Court is the real deal, says Mike..

“Why settle for the new urban experience when you can have the old one?

Hard to tell from the pic, but they might actually have more green space. Your daily chat starts now…

The Eagles Have Landed

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 3:12pm  |  COMMENTS (45)

Glen Ridge is celebrating a bumper crop of Eagle Scouts. Props to the guys who’ve made it to the pinnacle of scouting. They’ll be honored/inducted this Friday.

Alexander Michael Flannery

Alex’s project was to have the students in our middle school write letters to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. They wrote letters in support of the troops dedication and to express their appreciation for the risks taken by the troops.

Sean Patrick Flannery

Sean’s project was to erect a flag pole and provide landscaping for a local school. Now the school can raise the American flag every morning and show pride in our country.

Christopher J. Matthews

Chris’ project was to collect food and supplies for our local animal shelter. The shelter is run entirely by volunteers and supported by donations. It is part of our community and is the source of many pet adoptions.

Eric Robert Olson

Eric’s project was to reassemble book shelves and re-shelve books in our local library after some flood damage had been repaired. The library and many books on the ground floor were damaged by water. His project allowed the library to open the lower floor to the patrons sooner.

Jeremy F. Kane

Jeremy’s project was to collect reading materials and pre-paid phone cards for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The magazines and books let the troops know what was happening at ‘home’ and help pass the quiet hours. The phone cards are to help the troops stay in touch with friends and family back home.

Meanwhile, another local group would love to see the next group of Eagle Scouts be a little more inclusive. Members of the Unitarian Church of Montclair, NJ spoke at this rally

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Got Land?

Tuesday, May 30, 2006 10:04am  |  COMMENTS (46)

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Today, Phil Read catches up with Jersey’s land hunters, including a few in Montclair. From the Star Ledger

They are land hunters, on the prowl. Poring over tax maps to eyeball a hot prospect. Getting behind the wheel to scout for the next acquisition. Knocking on doors, hoping to find an owner in the mood to sell.

Denis Orloff knows the terrain.

“It’s getting harder and harder to find any place to build in this town,” said Orloff, who is building two five-bedroom, 4,000-square-foot houses on Montclair’s Valley Road. That deal came after he got a tip. He found the seller, quickly, and started talking.

“While I was making a deal and shaking his hand … his phone was ringing off the hook,” Orloff said. “It was unbelievable. I got that one by the skin of my teeth.”

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