Glen Ridge Antiques Show Starts Today

Friday, Jan 30, 2009 11:19am

It’s two full days of antiques at the Glen Ridge Congregational Church, featuring 28 dealers, at the 63rd annual Glen Ridge Antiques Show. Hours are 10 am to 9 pm today (Friday) and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday. Admission is $7/$5 for seniors. And if you want to bring in Aunt Matilde’s silver candlesticks to see if they’re worth anything, appraiser John Clark will be on hand both days from 2 to 5 pm to tell you – for a $3 fee. More info on our calendar.

Alleged Drug Thugs Arrested

Friday, Jan 30, 2009 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (92)

Twenty reputed gang members of the Bloods, ranging in age from 18-53, were arrested over the last five days following a huge cocaine and heroin operation bust by Essex law enforcement officials. Prosecutor Paula T. Dow made the announcement yesterday, adding police recovered a significant amount of illegal drugs, weapons and cash during a series of raids in Essex County.
At the time of the arrests, some of the suspects were armed with loaded semi-automatic handguns. Detectives seized more than 500 grams of cocaine and 100 grams of heroin. In addition, three loaded semi-automatic handguns, three vehicles and approximately $50,000 in cash were recovered. Seven additional targets remain at large.

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Post-Hockey Game Brouhaha In Montclair

Friday, Jan 30, 2009 9:08am  |  COMMENTS (18)

Clary Anderson skating arena was packed tight last night at the sold-out annual hockey meet between arch rivals Montclair High Mounties and Montclair Kimberly Academy Cougars. Outside the arena, $5 tickets were being scalped for up to $20 before the 7pm gametime. The exciting match led to a victory for the Mounties, 4-0. An eyewitness describes what happened next.

Montclair students were crazy happy after their win. Kids were spilling out over the ice and pulling down the hockey nets. Outside, under the train bridge on Chestnut Street, a crowd had gathered. There were two groups of about ten kids each – they looked older – maybe MHS grads or upper classmen. The two groups were screaming at each other, yelling in each others’ faces. Then a black kid punched a white kid in the side of the head, and the rest of them jumped into the fight and went to blows with each other.

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Kids & Music Invade Restaurant to Raise Money

Friday, Jan 30, 2009 9:02am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Susan Pinkwater.jpgSusan Pinkwater, owner of the Uptown Bristro, was brave last night. At 5:30 p.m., all 52 seats in her Upper Montclair restaurant were filled. At least two-thirds of her patrons should’ve been wearing bibs. And she (in photo at left) told me she totally didn’t mind.

What seemed like 6,000 kids–three of them mine–were calmly, quietly and politely eating their food for a Parents Who Rock fundraiser to raise money for Little Kids Rock, the nationwide organization that’s based in Montclair. The children were not running all over the place as artist Ellen Paretti tried to sing. They were not throwing French fries all over the floor. And they definitely were not whining for dessert.

We parents know kids never do things like that.

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Road Warrior Warning: Route 3 Is Treacherous!

Friday, Jan 30, 2009 8:51am  |  COMMENTS (7)

I can barely make it down my driveway, with black ice clinging to the ground. If you’re venturing out on the road, watch out: we’re receiving warnings from Clever Commute about dangerous driving conditions on Route 3.

7:09 am: [Decamp-33-66] Just watched a truck flip over a guardrail rt3 before secaucus
7:12 am: [Decamp-33-66] Route 3 moving very slow. Cops all over
[Decamp-33-66] Already rt3 backed to rt21 at 7:28am
8:05 am:[Decamp-33-66] Exited rt3 at rt120 at Stadium to around the rt3 tractor trailer in the ditch. Smooth sailing now to 495
8:53 am: [Decamp-33-66] Sitting on route 3 for 30 minutes. We’ve barely moved.

Careful!

Blago is Out

Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 6:30pm  |  COMMENTS (28)

Finally.

Small Works, Big Thrill

Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 4:36pm  |  COMMENTS (15)

HillaryinGreen2000sm.jpgCongrats to Baristaville’s Aimee Hertog, who landed not one, but two pieces in the 32nd Small Works Exhibition. Hertog had previously tried five years in a row to get into the juried show unsuccessfully. Hillary in Green (shown) is one of the pieces (could the other be Obama in blue?) Opening reception is this Saturday, from 12-4 p.m. at the 80 Washington Square East Galleries; the exhibitions runs through March 13.

Montclair Kindergarten Roulette To Begin

Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 3:08pm  |  COMMENTS (27)

Montclair Kids blogs about the annual rite of passage for new kindergarten parents — crafting a top six list for Montclair’s elementary schools…

Parents drag themselves through six schools in a week’s time, pick one they think will get their kid into Princeton, and then rank elementary schools in order of preference from first to last. Parents do this while trying not to get too emotionally attached to a certain school because very few get their first choice in the end. Montclair has had a magnet school system since 1977, a move made to desegregate our town’s schools. Basically, that means you can live in the uppermost part of Upper Montclair and still choose to go to Nishuane–at least theoretically. We hear it’s a complex process meant for people who understand quantum physics.

Schools are open for tours starting Feb 2. Scroll down here for open house touring schedule.

What Are You Making For Dinner?

Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 12:58pm  |  COMMENTS (40)

Reservations. At least next week, during Montclair’s first-ever Restaurant Week. All the participating restaurants are listed here. Baristanet loves food and yet when I look over the list, I’m amazed at how many places I’ve still yet to try in Montclair, despite eating out an inordinate amount. Call up and make your reservations, for Feb 2-8, where you can try a new restaurant at a gentler tariff — three-course, fixed-price dinners at $20 or $30 (beverages, gratuity and tax not included). Check out the list and tell us where you are going in comments and if you are trying a new place or heading out to a fave resto. Check out the wine merchants, shops and retailers also participating here.

Montclair Elementary Schools Open House Schedule

Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

schoolbus.jpgIf you have children in Montclair, you know about the kindergarten tours and “choice” process. Parents drag themselves through six schools in a week’s time, pick one they think will get their kid into Princeton, and then rank elementary schools in order of preference from first to last. Parents do this while trying not to get too emotionally attached to a certain school because very few get their first choice in the end. 
 
Montclair has had a magnet school system since 1977, a move made to desegregate our town’s schools. Basically, that means you can live in the uppermost part of Upper Montclair and still choose to go to Nishuane–at least theoretically. We hear it’s a complex process meant for people who understand quantum physics.

You register in March and then wait. You get a letter in early July letting you know which school your child will attend. You barely get that letter in time to buy school supplies before the Staples in Cedar Grove is wiped out.

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