Putting The Giving In Thanksgiving

Sunday, Nov 30, 2008 12:03pm  |  COMMENTS (26)

Baristaville photographer Michael Reitman photographed a lovely Montclair event:

On Tuesday night November 25th, members of the Montclair clergy met at the First Lutheran Church on Park Street to celebrate Thanksgiving. Food and cash donations were collected. Shown here in the photo are:

top row: Will Moser, Jack Cuffari, Noach Shapiro

middle: Beverly Sullivant, Wade Renn, Rev. Aro

front: Steven Kushner, Paul Leggett

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Green Gingerbread House Progress Report

Sunday, Nov 30, 2008 9:14am  |  COMMENTS (4)

Remember the ecologically sustainable gingerbread house contest? I entered it. They said it had to be edible. Not palatable. And by the way, I’m a tactician, not a logician. Anyway, here are my first attempts – that’s not bacon sticking out what will become some kind of framework, those are sticks of cinnamon. I am trying to figure out how to make a geothermal pump and a pellet burning wood stove out of advil and nutella. Stay posted. This could be rich.

Dry Is Beautiful

Sunday, Nov 30, 2008 2:30am  |  COMMENTS (4)

A dry, curling stem, specifically, and the dry veins of a leaf, and the dry pod of a milkweed plant. How many late autumns have I seen in my life? Yet somehow, though I may get old, the beauty of the late autumn left-behinds never does.

Kudos To Glen Ridge Pee Wee Football!

Saturday, Nov 29, 2008 11:29am  |  COMMENTS (16)

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Congrats to the GRAA Pee Wee Red Dog Varsity Football team who captured the Bergen County Junior Football League Championship on Sunday, November 16th, with an 18-13 victory over Northvale. The team of 3rd and 4th graders finished the season with a 9-1 record.

Kneeling (left to right) James Malik, Kieran Moran, Jimmy Hausman, Owen Fincher, Donavon Garrity, Tyler Liddy, Charlie Bagin, Liam McCann, Sean Callaghan, Tyler Grady, Chris Harris, Owen McKinney

Standing (left to right) Anthony Santigate, Max Auborn, Greg Olsen, Matt Myles, Coach Andrew Hood, Steven Topping, Owen Drexel, Christian DeMeola, Mark Nyhuis, Charlie DeLuca, Coach Joe Auborn, Quinlan Hood, Ryan Liddy, Coach Jim Grady, Billy Kelty, Ryan Swearer,

Coach James Malik.

Sweet On Bellevue

Saturday, Nov 29, 2008 8:40am  |  COMMENTS (0)

They’re open and giving out goodies today. Find out on Food.

Le Baker’s Dozen

Saturday, Nov 29, 2008 8:32am  |  COMMENTS (10)

For weeks, the storefront teased commuters and passersby on Bellevue with giant photos of chocolate chip cookies and cupcakes. Yesterday, on the way back from seeing Bolt, we found Le Baker’s Dozen had quietly opened for a test run; today (Saturday) is the official open. On the menu, cookies, cakes and pies, scones and cupcakes and other baked goods, including many vegan offerings. Tasters gave the cupcakes a thumbs up. The shop also sells some baking mixes, jams, cookie cutters and other items, giving it a country store vibe. Open 7:30 a.m. every day except Monday; drop in today and sample some mini-cupcakes.

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Le Baker’s Dozen, 206 Bellevue Avenue, Upper Montclair, (973) 746-BAKE

Robust Molasses and Switchgrasses?

Friday, Nov 28, 2008 5:05pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

Love gingerbread? Love sustainable green buildings? Well now you can combine your love of both –The Essex County Environmental center is sponsoring a Sustainable Homes & Habitats Gingerbread Contest, and the registration deadline is tomorrow, November 29th. You can whip up a delicious, completely edible gingerbread house and explore everything from rooftop gardens to solar panels at the same time. Click here! to learn how.

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Go. Listen. Now.

Friday, Nov 28, 2008 12:09pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

If spending yesterday with family generated some story telling, today is the day to save those stories. Find out more about National Listening Day here.

Thanksgiving Post-Holiday Wrap Up

Friday, Nov 28, 2008 10:07am  |  COMMENTS (4)

How did it go? Did the stuffing/dressing turn out OK? Did you catch the parade? What did you serve and what’s the plan for leftovers? I watched the parade from up high this year (thanks to Coyne Public Relations and Santa!). I’m thankful that I didn’t have to stand in the cold and that traffic to my family in Queens was relatively light. How did you make out?

I’m also thankful for having read this – a reminder of how fortunate many of us are and what the spirit of the season really means.

Black Friday

Friday, Nov 28, 2008 9:03am  |  COMMENTS (20)

Going to the mall on any given Saturday is a stress-inducing experience. Going to the mall on Black Friday is something akin to slow torture. The thought of the fresh air deprivation, claustrophobic quarters, lines snaking out of doors, the inevitable mall headache and crowds, crowds, crowds, make me want to crawl back into bed just thinking about it. Friends don’t let friends shop the malls on Black Friday. Still, if this is your thing, tell us where you plan to shop and how early you got up to do it. Me, I’ll be the one meandering local shops, picking up one-of-a-kind gifts and experiencing no body checks in the process. To see what local shops are offering deals, go here. To tell us about your favorite Baristaville store and the gifts you buy there, leave your suggestions in comments.

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