Joe the Plumber Spotted in Glen Ridge

Friday, Oct 31, 2008 5:16pm  |  COMMENTS (70)

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Along with pirates, princesses, ladybugs, vampires and Chicago Cubs.

We’re hearing there’s a great haunted house at 77 Midland in Montclair. Send us a great picture and we’ll post it.

Beat this. Kids are coming up to my front porch bearing plastic bags with goldfish. Seems some enterprising moms down the block on Hamilton Road have set up a no-scare backyard carnival, with prizes.

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Bloomfield Dealership Goes For The Gold

Friday, Oct 31, 2008 3:39pm  |  COMMENTS (12)

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Holy Kruggerrands! You heard how gold is the new tupperware -suburban gold parties are pre-empting the modern home food, lingerie, and gift sale get-togethers. It’s all about turning your old jewelry into cold cash, and a Baristaville business wants to get some of the action.

Tomorrow from noon-4pm, local gold goddess Katie Kufperschmid takes her show out of the living room and into the showroom of Lynne’s Nissan in Bloomfield.

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Descent into Halloween!

Friday, Oct 31, 2008 2:23pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

Happy Halloween, Baristaville! It’s easy to see that the upcoming election, the turbulent economy, and the onset of winter have done nothing to dampen the spirit of Halloween.


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Taking Care Of Business

Friday, Oct 31, 2008 1:36pm  |  COMMENTS (9)

The recent ebb and flow of commerce in downtown Montclair we’ve noticed:

On Church Street, Sepia Home, interior design store is on its way out. Signs on the door tell us Montclair interior designer Marilyn Lavergne is saying au revoir to retail, but continuing her design consulting services. Ecco Bella, selling healthy chocolate on the corner of South Park seems to have vanished overnight. Ruby’s, known for designer jeans and glamwear opened Ruby Slippers, for shoes, two doors down.

Urban Outfitters on South Park, finally gets some neighbors. To its left, Lacrosse Unlimited is open; real-estate intel suggests the retail space to the right is getting fitted for American Apparel.

Down Bloomfield Ave…

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Tomorrow, More Dress-Up Ops

Friday, Oct 31, 2008 11:53am  |  COMMENTS (19)

Just because Halloween will be over in a few hours, don’t suppress any desires to continue the masquerade. People and pets will have two more reasons to get in diguise:

Essex’s Canine Costume Halloween Parades: It rained (and blew) on last Saturday’s parades; both events are rescheduled for tomorrow. South Mountain Dog Park: register your pooch at 9:30am for the 10:15 am parade. Then do it again at Brookdale Dog Park: registration 1pm, parade starts 1:45pm. Win prizes for “Best In Costume.”

For the rest of you…don your best 16th century regalia, and get thee to Edgemont Park for Renaissance Middle School’s 2nd annual Renaissance Faire Fundraiser, Saturday from noon to 4pm. Family-friendly activities, demonstrations, and entertainment abound…

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Baristaville Burger Buzz

Friday, Oct 31, 2008 10:27am  |  COMMENTS (27)

Burger lovers, take note: soon you’ll be able to get your burgers green. Elevation Burger is one of the first confirmed tenants for the renovated Phoenix Building on Bloomfield Avenue. The Virginia-based company’s website purports to serve visionary fresh food that’s “good for you and the environment.” What that means: organic, grass-fed, free range beef and olive oil cooked fries. At last – guilt free, socially conscious fast food? Uh-huh, but what about the darn calories….Read what Urban Spoon and customers have to say about EB.

Montclair Trick or Treat Guide

Friday, Oct 31, 2008 10:14am  |  COMMENTS (0)

624155277505_0_ALB.jpgWhat are the local rules on trick or treating? It was like trying to figure out who the stick people are in The Blair Witch Project. A dispatcher for the Montclair PD got all spooky on me: “Halloween is not official! We have nothing to do with trick or treat.” Yikes.

Granted, he has enough on his plate. The latest rumors–all false according to the Star-Ledger–are about gang initiation shootings around town tonight. Double yikes.

I still want to take my 1-year-old, AKA Johnny Rotten, and twin 3-year-olds, AKA Sid & Nancy, out for a few minutes early this evening, and I want to trick or treat safely.

I called my friend, Alma Schneider. She’s been through more than 5 local Halloweens with her 4 children. I also consulted the Montclair Watercooler Yahoo Group where another mom gave good unofficial tips. Here’s what I came up with.

Guidelines for Trick or Treating in Montclair:

  1. Little kids (age 4 and under) can start at 5 p.m.
  2. Bigger kids start a little later, around 6 p.m.
  3. Trick or treating is generally over by 7 p.m.
  4. If you’re staying home to give out candy, be prepared for snarky teenagers not in costume. Some–of course, not all–will tell you that you’re the Bride of Chucky if you don’t give them candy. If you don’t want to deal, don’t answer the door. Or be prepared with your speech.
  5. If you run out of candy, put a sign on the door: NO MORE CANDY. Certain streets like Montclair Avenue are heavy-traffic areas for trick-or-treaters. (Though I hear the lady who gives out Scholastic books is taking this year off.)
  6. If you don’t want trick or treaters, put a sign on the door or turn your lights out on the first floor of your house.
  7. Trick or treat is unofficially over at 7 p.m., and the people who come after then tend to be scary.

Another alternative is to hit Bloomfield Avenue. My hairdresser, Alicia Acuna at Alicia’s Hair & Design on Bloomfield Avenue at Midland sent me an email: “We will be giving out treats after 1 p.m. tomorrow if you want to stop by and bring the kids.” I hear all of the stores down there will be giving candy after 3 p.m.

Sweet.

Do you have any tips for keeping Halloween in Montclair zombie-free?

Happy, Safe Halloween

Friday, Oct 31, 2008 8:58am  |  COMMENTS (39)

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Each of my kids, who attend three different schools in Montclair, came home yesterday afternoon with tales of supposed gang initiation shootings planned for Halloween night. High schoolers heard an announcement over the PA reassuring kids that the rumors were false. The scary story, spreading like wildfire among the eager trick-or-treaters, was addressed by teachers in the classroom at Hillside and Renaissance. Wednesday, Montclair Chief of Police David Sabagh denied there was any truth to the rumors, and the topic is discussed on the front page of today’s Star Ledger…Every kid (and parent) deserves to enjoy this Halloween with peace of mind; remember to follow these “Lucky 13″ safety tips.

If you’re not going out on the street tonight, bring your costumed little ones out for early trick-or-treating in Bloomfield Center: from 3-7pm today, merchants will be passing out sweet treats and there are free magic shows at the MultiMediaArts Center, 562 Bloomfield Ave. The shows are at 5:30 and 6:30 pm; ages 8 and up.

Trick-or-Treaters can enjoy a free event “Zooloween” at Turtleback Zoo, and adults get spooky at a party/fundraiser sponsored by Mystic Spirit Metaphysical Shoppe in Montclair. Details follow…

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Corzine Goes To Newark, Game On

Thursday, Oct 30, 2008 4:28pm  |  COMMENTS (7)

Gov. Corzine is showing support in Newark this afternoon. From Newsday

Gov. Jon S. Corzine plans to be in the stands for a high school game in Newark Thursday after suburban schools refused to play because of drive-by shootings.

The schools changed their minds following pressure and assurances from athletic and government officials.

Roselle will face Newark Central at Untermann Field. The superintendent agreed after getting safety assurances in a conference call with Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo and Newark Mayor Cory Booker.

Newark’s school superintendent canceled all athletic events after two people were killed in drive-by shootings on Friday.

Central High and Cranford then refused to play in the city and met at a neutral site on Monday.

Montclair Pre-K Looking For Out-Of-Towners

Thursday, Oct 30, 2008 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (10)

There’s room for new students at Montclair Community Pre-K (MCPK). The school has expanded its enrollment during the current school year to include out-of-town students. There are limited spots available to children who are 4 years old by December 31 of this year. MCPK offers full and half day options, extended day programs for working families and enrichment classes. Only residents of Montclair are eligible to participate in our the sliding-scale tuition policy based on family income. Families not residing in Montclair are eligible to send their children to the MCPK at the full tuition rate. For more information, visit the MCPK website or call (973) 509-4500.

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Holsten's is a favorite of my 3-year-old daughter. She asks for it whenever we say "Where do you want to go for dinner?" And she prefers their homemade candy to their ice cream. I think she especially loves the family memories we've made there since she was a baby... and the stuffed animals don't hurt. Congratulations to our friends at Holsten's on 75 years!

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