Beware the Conficker Worm

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2009 9:04pm  |  COMMENTS (15)

Even Snopes says that stories of a Conficker worm attack on April 1 are true. Apparently the worm, which has already been planted in millions of PC’s, will be activated on April 1, allowing its authors to hack into computers, steal passwords, send out spam and wreak all kinds of cyber-havoc. How bad it will be is a matter of speculation. Whether it’s more hype than apocalypse, nobody knows.

The worm is said to only attack Windows-based PC’s. This article in PCWeek tells how to prevent it. It’s just after 9 pm eastern time. If you’re reading this now, you have almost three hours to make sure all your virus software is up to date.

Speak Now, or Forever…

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2009 6:19pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

Montclair Mayor Jerry Fried is holding a series of meetings with citizens ahead of this Thursday night’s meeting of the Board of School Estimate, where the upcoming school budget will be set. Here’s your chance to voice your opinions on how your tax dollars should be spent — or not. The two remaining meetings are:

  • Tuesday, March 31, 7 p.m.: 4th Ward, Montclair Fire Department Headquarters, 1 Pine Street
  • Wednesday, April 1, 7:30 p.m.: 1st Ward, Bellevue Branch, Montclair Public Library, 185 Bellevue Avenue
  • The Board of Estimate meets Thursday April 2 at 7 pm in the atrium of the George Inness Annex, 141 Park Street, Montclair.

    Remembering Monica Paul

    Tuesday, Mar 31, 2009 2:40pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

    Monica Paul, whose life was cut tragically short last June, would have turned 32 tomorrow. Tonight, Monica’s mother Joanne will speak at the Montclair Fire Headquarters, 1 Pine Street, about her family’s efforts to enact “Monica’s Law,” which would strength protections against domestic violence.

    Whether or not you go to tonight’s meeting, take time to stop by the Monica Paul website to appreciate what she meant to her friends and family.

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    Win Free Tickets to Josh Ritter

    Tuesday, Mar 31, 2009 1:56pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

    Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter performs this Saturday night, April 4, at the Wellmont Theatre. You can sample a little of his acoustic style here. Tickets are $25, but one lucky Baristanet reader will get a pair for free. Just be the first to ask. Ready, set … go.

    UPDATE: We have a winner, Penny Dreker.

    Nibbles at an Exhibition

    Tuesday, Mar 31, 2009 1:17pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

    art whole foods.jpgTonight from 6 to 8 pm, you can combine a grocery trip with a little support for the arts. Whole Food holds an opening tonight for Arts Unbound, which provides art education and training for local NJ residents with mental, physical and developmental disabilities. Nibbles will be on hand.

    The Discovery of Bloomfield

    Tuesday, Mar 31, 2009 12:27pm  |  COMMENTS (16)

    We’ve been writing about it all along, but now the culinary wonders of Bloomfield are on NJ Monthly’s radar map. Here’s their story about a Bloomfield-Montclair restaurant rivalry.

    Have You Lost Your Dog?

    Tuesday, Mar 31, 2009 11:16am  |  COMMENTS (12)

    UPDATE: The dog has been reunited with its family.

    Journalism schmournalism. It’s really all about reuniting lost pets with their rightful owners. Here’s today’s:

    This dog was found at 1:10 am on Tuesday, March 31st on the corner of Claremont Ave and Upper Mountain Ave in Montclair, NJ. He was walking on the street with an undetermined path. He has a green collar, but no leash or identification tags. The dog appears to be either a beagle or basset hound. He has some unique markings as visible in the photographs. He’s very friendly and sounds to have some congestion.

    If you know this fellow, write to

    Fairway Paramus: Mozzarella And More

    Tuesday, Mar 31, 2009 10:17am  |  COMMENTS (0)

    Venimus, vidimus, vicimus. Read about our trip to the mythic island of Umbrian honey and Yirgacheffe coffee on our Food page.

    Get A Taste Of Fairway Paramus

    Tuesday, Mar 31, 2009 10:09am  |  COMMENTS (1)

    fairway organic.jpgThe just-opened Paramus Fairway is a short drive from Baristaville — a straight 15-minute shot from Upper Montclair up the Parkway to 17. Inside, between Loehmann’s and a Blimpie, are tens-of-thousands of square feet of great grocery shopping.

    If you want it, they have it — from niche ingredients like artisanal Argentine and Umbrian honey, to skyr yogurt from Iceland, plus the entire conventional grocery roster. For any single item, there are half a dozen options to choose from, not to mention whole aisles for kosher and gluten-free shopping. Most of the items I regularly buy–like Greek yogurt, the Silver Palate tomato sauce, even cat litter — were 50 cents to $1 cheaper at Fairway.

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    … Out Like a Lamb

    Tuesday, Mar 31, 2009 8:45am  |  COMMENTS (19)

    It’s going to be sunny all day with temperatures this afternoon in the high 50′s. Such an improvement over this day. Spring makes us so happy, even the chores seem like gifts. What’s first on your list?

    My Ballot Box

    What’s your favorite spring chore?

    Putting the rock salt and shovels back in the shed.

    Bringing out the deck furniture.

    Swabbing the whole house down for a thorough spring cleaning.

    Spreading out some grass seed and cleaning up the yard.

    Buying tickets for the Yankees or the Mets.

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