Remembering Tommy Leone

Saturday, May 31, 2008 9:18am  |  COMMENTS (4)

Thomas Leone, 56, of Sag Harbor, met with an untimely death while on his fishing boat. He had been missing since May 14.

A long-time resident of Montclair, and graduate of Verona High School, several of our readers who read this story notified Baristanet, expressing shock and sadness. RIP, Tommy.

MSU, Can You Dig It?

Saturday, May 31, 2008 9:05am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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It’s no Indiana Jones adventure, but the allure of local history has got budding archaeologists digging around Montclair State University’s Bond House. Last week, crews of students started surveying the lawns, digging exploratory trenchess, and screening dirt samples for artifacts from the past.

MSU’s 2008 Summer Archaeological Field School has 14 able students hard at work for the next couple of weeks. Dr. Peter Siegel is leading the dig, hoping to glean more information about life and human habitation at the Bond House, built in 1872 by Thomas Van Reyper.

Want to find out what treasures have turned up? Stop by the excavation site Tuesday, June 10, during an all-day open house.

– photos, Matt McCullough

DeCamp Deterring Terror

Friday, May 30, 2008 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (24)

No, this isn’t about a new customer relations program or keeping angry customers off the bus…You never know when a DeCamp bus may become the vehicle for terrorist activity, and “it’s better to be safe than sorry” says owner Gary Pard.

DeCamp is getting beaucoup bucks through a federal grant – more than $100,000 – to install remote control security devices inside each coach’s GPS, reports the Montclair Times:

Say a terrorist had a gun to a bus driver’s head, and the vehicle was barreling at 60 mph down eastbound Route 3, headed toward its target: the Lincoln Tunnel.

“We could bring it down to 10 mph, and the terrorist could see the driver had nothing to do with it,” said Gary Pard, DeCamp’s vice president of operations.

Well heck, you all remember the bus hijacking in the movie Speed, don’t you?

If DeCamp HQ in Montclair is a target – no worries, they’ll have it secured like a fortress:

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Lock ‘Em and Hide ‘Em

Friday, May 30, 2008 2:22pm  |  COMMENTS (11)

Hey buddy, that’s not one-way glass on your windshield. If you’ve got a portable GPS unit in your car, locking it up is not enough. Both Montclair and Bloomfield police departments have issued warnings in the past week about a recent rash of car break-ins. And the current crop of car thieves isn’t deterred by a simple locked door. They’re breaking windows, forcing locks and sometimes even slashing convertible tops. A word to the wise: though GPS units are the big lure, keep iPhones, iPods, purses and other valuables out of sight too. Lock them in trunk, or better yet, bring them with you.

Bomb Scare In Montclair

Friday, May 30, 2008 12:52pm  |  COMMENTS (6)

Last night around 7:45 pm, Montclair’s bomb squad descended on the corner of Valley Road and Bloomfield Avenue. No blow-ups, though. Locals watched the dinner show – sans sound effects – from front row seats at Nouveau Sushi. Tipsters tell us streets were cordoned off as an “officer in a space suit” inspected a suspicious briefcase in the adjacent parking lot.

Calls are in to Montclair PD – we’ll update if we learn more.

Outback Dining

Friday, May 30, 2008 11:47am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Patio umbrellas are opening up around Baristaville like springtime blossoms. The Baristas recently packed in a power lunch at a new al fresco dining spot. Find out where, on Food.

Gencarelli’s Little Hideaway

Friday, May 30, 2008 11:37am  |  COMMENTS (6)

You’ll have to walk past the kitchen, and out the back door to find Bloomfield Avenue’s latest dining oasis at Gencarelli’s Cucina. The Baristas recently inaugurated the secluded patio, bedecked with spring flowers, cafe lights, and gurgling fountains.

Basking in the sunlight on a summer-like day, we savored the pear and gorgonzola salad with a side of bright orange, crispy sweet potato fries. Two delicious pasta dished graced out table – garlic linguine with shrimp in a white wine butter sauce and fresh cavatelli with brocolli rabe. But the real eye candy came when we sheepishly agreed to a mid-day dessert indulgence.

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SATC or DITS?

Friday, May 30, 2008 10:33am  |  COMMENTS (20)

Yes, we know it’s not Sex and The Shore, but we’re sure somewhere in Baristaville, ladies are making plans to see Sex and The City tonight en masse. In fact, I was invited to join one group of ladies who bought 10 tickets in advance to see the show tonight in Wayne.

I had to pass, because if you’re reading this, that means I’m watching it right now in Paramus, with one of my dearest friends who’s more than a wee bit obsessed with the show (we’ll find out how popcorn at 10 in the morning tastes). Today’s screenings are sold out, packed with Jimmy Choo-shod gal-pals.

Besides being a big movie night, it’s also the night of DITS (Dancin’ In The Streets), the MFEE 15-year anniversary bash at Montclair’s Lackawanna Plaza with special guest David Tyree. Tell us what you’re up to, and while you’re at it, answer this question, too…

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Crane Collapses On Manhattan Apartment Building

Friday, May 30, 2008 8:44am  |  COMMENTS (25)

Moments ago, a crane came crashing down on an upper east side apartment building causing huge damage. The scene is described as if a bomb went off. It’s another tragedy for NYC, as two persons are confirmed dead according to NYFD. Still unconfirmed are the number of casualties as more that 100 firefighters, K-9 units and emergency personnel comb through the rubble.

The high-rise building, at 354 East 91st street and First Avenue, has got police barricading streets in the area; it’s predicted that most of the upper east side will be gridlocked and should be avoided all day.

Oh, What A Beautiful Morning!

Friday, May 30, 2008 8:26am  |  COMMENTS (9)

Warm, sunny, low humdity and not a rain cloud in site — it’s a perfect spring day masquerading as summer. Commuters making their way to the station had an extra lift in their steps. It’ll be a perfect night for MFEE’s Dancin’ In The Streets, 7pm at The Loft. …Tell us how you’ll enjoy the day.

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Great article baristanet! The email chain really sheds light on how this all developed. They are right to ask for clear rules, good communication and fair enforcement, but the demand to eliminate fees is unreasonable. It is not outrageous to pay $70 for 4-5 months of parking. That works out to less than a dollar a day.

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