Oil Tank Expressionism

Sunday, Sep 30, 2007 12:11pm  |  COMMENTS (30)

Suburban satire? First Amendment chest-beating? Or simply an eyesore? This oil tank, or whatever it is, on Chapman Place in Glen Ridge has become the canvas for of a running series of gags. Last week, the sign said, “Guess how many M&M’s are inside?” This week, the sign said this.

What would you say if this was sitting next door to your house?

Attack of the Smarty Pants

Sunday, Sep 30, 2007 9:31am  |  COMMENTS (97)

Today’s New York Times features an article on a subject we know all too well: people who seek fame in the blogosphere by commenting on popular blogs. One media expert says blogs have become the new talk radio. One big-shot commenter admits, “It√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s easier to join in on a conversation than to start one.”

You don’t say.

Like the narrator of the Elton John song “Rocket Man,” frequent commenters can spend a little time every day inhabiting the identity of their wished-for selves √¢‚Ǩ‚Äù Mr. Hsiao becomes DaShiv, or Georgia Logothetis, a second-year lawyer in Chicago, metamorphoses into the respected liberal commenter georgia10 on Daily Kos. Online they indulge the sweet fantasy that “I√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢m not the man they think I am at home.”

“You are one of the millions of people who sit at a computer all day,” said Marshall Poe, a professor of history and new media at the University of Iowa, who has studied Internet communities. “Every hour you have 10 minutes where you√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢re not doing anything productive at work, and you can√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢t look at porn. So you make a comment and fulfill this desire to show yourself off as a smarty-pants.”

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Get Your Kicks

Saturday, Sep 29, 2007 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

There’s a deadline you soccer fans might not want to miss this weekend: Thanks to some last-minute field juggling, Montclair United Soccer Club will have a 9th/10th grade league this season. Space is limited. Registration is first come/first served on Saturday, 3-5pm, at Northeast School. We’re told that the co-ed teams will be balanced by grade, gender, number of players and talent level. Dress to play: Odds are some pick-up games will be happening during registration.

Urinetown And Other Weekend Diversions

Saturday, Sep 29, 2007 8:57am  |  COMMENTS (2)

You can always check Baristanet’s calendar to find out what’s going on, but Montclair Arts Council also keeps us au courant about a ton of cool music, art, film, literary and cultural events happening each week.

The annual Watchung Plaza Street Fair gets in gear today, Saturday, September 29, at 10 am. Mingle with your neighbors and friends, treat the kids to pony rides, face painting, and more -there’ll be shopping bargains at Plaza stores. Stop by Watchung Booksellers at 1 pm and meet Chief Tommy J. Russo for a book signing of “Street Kid to Top Cop.” At 2 pm, there’s an Artist Signing of Garden Gallery 2008 Weekly Engagement Planner with Sharon Pitts.

The opening last night of Tony Award winning Urinetown at the Studio Playhouse looks like a winner – “a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold.” Urinetown will have a three-week run.

Today, MFEE sponsors Ropes and Hopes, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the David Greenwald Challenge Course. 11-2 pm at Rand Park.

Don’t forget it’s all happening at the zoo – Free admission today, 10-2pm, at Turtle Back Zoo.

Ahmadinejad’s Visit: Tell Us How You Really Feel

Friday, Sep 28, 2007 5:03pm  |  COMMENTS (22)

From NJ.com:

Following the controversial appearance of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Columbia University this Monday, questions have been raised about the University’s decision to host such an appearance.

NJ Voices asked several NJ academic instituions about their take on the event. Dr. Susan A. Cole, President at Monclair State University responds:

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Whizbees, Music and More: Crane Park Celebrates

Friday, Sep 28, 2007 3:26pm  |  COMMENTS (10)

It’s going to be jumpin’ tomorrow because Montclair’s Crane Park (you know, the little triangular park behind Lackawanna Plaza) is having a party, 11-4 pm. It’s all free, family-friendly fun.

Enjoy live music by The Dogz, then cuddle up with the dogs, presented by PAWS (adoptions encouraged). There’ll be yoga and taekwon-do demonstrations, cookie decorating, capoeira, bookbinding, make-up by Bobbie Brown, face-painting, balloon sculpture and parachute games for the kids.

Team Barista will be hangin’, passing out free Baristanet whizbees (because we can’t call them Frisbees). Stop by and say hi. But wait, there’s more:

Grand Opening and free champagne, at Chalk Farm, Glenridge Avenue’s newest arrival…

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Montclair Teen Arrested

Friday, Sep 28, 2007 2:08pm  |  COMMENTS (17)

From Lt. James Carlucci, MPD:

Montclair Resident Bryan Foster, age 19, has been arrested and charged with burglary and criminal trespass.

On September 25, at approximately 1:30 am, a resident called police to report a man trying to break into his car.

The witness was on his front porch when he heard a clicking noise coming from his driveway, then saw the interior light of his vehicle turn on. When he saw the suspect, the witness told the man to get away from his vehicle. The suspect replied, “Alright, alright,” and began walking south on Montclair Avenue near McDonough Street.

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Birthday Suit Casting Call

Friday, Sep 28, 2007 12:57pm  |  COMMENTS (7)

Baristaville hot women: are you busy Sunday night? Soprano Sue sends us this Craigs List casting call for a woman with a great figure, who’s not shy about showing it off…

Seeking girl for nude scene in a drama series

We’re in search of a young actress/model (18-25) who is willing to ‘bare all’ in a 10 – 15 second segment in a current drama series in production. This is NOT a love scene and there is absolutely no physical contact whatsoever. This is an exterior shot in front of a house in Montclair, NJ that will be on a closed set with minimal crew present. It will also be shot at night.

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Bears Win, Deer Lose

Friday, Sep 28, 2007 11:31am  |  COMMENTS (11)

Essex County Freeholders met Wednesday night in Montclair and voted in favor of a 10-day deer shoot to control the deer population in South Mountain Reservation. Now, reports The Star Ledger (link not available), they’re looking for volunteer shooters to kill 150 deer this January and February.

More wildlife news: New Jersey black bears have received another year of amnesty. NJ Fish and Game Division lost an appeal in court, and were denied permission to schedule a controlled bear hunt. From The Star Ledger:

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What About Those Mets?

Friday, Sep 28, 2007 10:52am  |  COMMENTS (29)

Ok, I’ll admit it, I’m clueless about baseball. Thanks to Iceman, and a Baseball-for-Dummies primer from Barista Deb, I get that the Mets have really blown it the last two weeks, after being in the lead all season… And do they even have a chance to make it to the play-offs? Here’s your open thread to rant and rave…

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wildwoodben Most of the attendees who spoke at the last meeting made constructive suggestions that the DeCamp honchos promised to consider. Many were very simple and inexpensive to implement, The fact that nothing has been announced or changed in 6 months speaks volumes.

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