The Aftermath

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 6:34pm  |  COMMENTS (22)

tree down in gr.jpg

Tree down on Glen Ridge Parkway near Ridgewood Ave. in Glen Ridge. Thanks, Dave, for sending in the photo.

Major Mugging in Anderson Park

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 3:48pm  |  COMMENTS (34)

Two 16-year-old boys were robbed and beaten up in Anderson Park last night before being taken to the hospital, Montclair Police say. They say a group of six or seven black men attacked them and took $30.

Montclair Police are investigating a strong-arm robbery that occurred on June 29th, shortly after 9:30 p.m. in Anderson Park. Two 16-year-old males from Clifton were walking in the park when (6) to (7) seven black males wearing white athletic t-shirts and shorts approached them and began striking them with their hands and feet. One of the suspects yelled to the victims “just give us the money.” The victims each turned over money totaling $ 30.00 dollars to the suspects. The suspects then fled the area on foot running south through the park. The parents of both victims were contacted and responded to the scene. Both victims were then treated by MVAU and transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital. The victim’s injuries consisted of cuts and scrapes to the chin and head. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Juvenile Aid Bureau at 973-509-4751. Due to the incident occurring in the county park, the Essex County Sheriff’s Department was contacted and did respond to the scene.

Thunderstorms Moving In

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 3:17pm  |  COMMENTS (8)

UPDATED: Man, that’s loud. Video from the Baristanet porchcam at about 4:35 pm.

The National Weather Service has issued a severe weather advisory for Essex County.

* AT 256 PM EDT THE NATL WEATHER SVC WAS TRACKING A LINE OF

THUNDERSTORMS TRACKING TOWARDS THE REGION. RAINFALL RATES OF UP TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR ARE POSSIBLE WITH THESE STORMS. EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM THESE STORMS WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF URBAN AREAS. HIGHWAYS.STREETS & UNDERPASSES AS WELL AS OTHER DRAINAGE AREAS & LOW LYING SPOTS. IN ADDITION.SMALL CREEKS & STREAMS WILL FLOOD QUICKLY.POSSIBLY COVERING ROADS & FLOODING NEARBY LOW AREAS.

Up Close and Personal at Motor Vehicles

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 2:32pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Today on Barista Kids: getting your first driver’s license, duct-tape prom dresses, a local kid who met Nelson Mandela and what to do about bored kids.

Oh, Deer

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (25)

deer on ridgewood.jpg

A reader named Ryan sent us this picture of a deer wandering brazenly around Ridgewood Avenue in Glen Ridge last night around 7:15 pm. This deer is so close to the front door, it practically looks like he’s going trick or treating!

Deer sightings used to be rare on streets this far from Eagle Rock or Mills Reservation, but they’ve become increasingly common. Bernard Wallerstein, a master gardener for Essex County, says he’s had to completely change his Llewellyn Park landscaping due to deer proliferation in recent years.

Continue Reading

Fourth of July Fireworks and Celebrations (Updated)

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 10:54am  |  COMMENTS (19)

(Updated with detail that Brookdale Park fireworks will be rescheduled)

Here’s what’s happening around town for the July 4th weekend. Montclair, Bloomfield, Nutley, Clifton and other neighboring townships are holding celebratory events, many of which include fireworks. If you know of any other events, please write to us, but here’s what we have so far:

Continue Reading

Water Shutdown for Some Streets Tomorrow

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 10:36am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Montclair Water Department is replacing a valve tomorrow and will be shutting off water for certain homes on Valley Road between Alvin Place and Appleton Place between 9:30 am and 1:30 pm tomorrow (Wednesday). Some residents of the side streets in between, including Gordonhurst, will also temporarily lose water. Affected homes are receiving notices today.

Bike Montclair Has a New Symbol

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 9:17am  |  COMMENTS (18)

bike montclair poster.jpgGlen Ridge artist Lori Loebelsohn, whose BlueWaveNJ posters and mugs can be seen throughout liberal households in Baristaville, has a new piece of art that you may be seeing a lot of soon. An avid cyclist, Loebelson has created a poster for Bike Montclair, which will soon be offered for sale on its website. All proceeds, after her costs, will go to the advocacy organization.

She explains the concept of the poster in an artist’s statement:

Continue Reading

Vinnie’s View: Everyman As Movie Critic

Monday, Jun 29, 2009 4:01pm  |  COMMENTS (27)

Vinnie Travisano is an ad man by profession. For fun, he’s a movie critic. Not just any movie critic: a movie critic for the common man. A self-confessed “dyed-in-the-wool movie addict” as well as an “Italian guy from New Jersey,” Travisano reviews movies as soon as he gets out of the theater — right from inside his minivan. He calls his off-the-cuff reviews, which he publishes on YouTube, Vinnie’s View.

Continue Reading

Bernie Gets the Max

Monday, Jun 29, 2009 11:57am  |  COMMENTS (28)

For the swindle of the ages, disgraced financier Bernie Madoff gets a 150-year sentence — quite a bit more than the 12 years his defense asked for. Render your verdict in the comments.

Featured Comment

"Everybody and their mother now has a tattoo,ā€¯ No everyone and her mother does not. My mother put her foot down on that ages ago and we are still scared to defy her. Her one loophole- if you want a tattoo join the service or else she'll be the one removing it.

Tip, Follow, Friend, Subscribe

Links & Information

Baristanet on Flickr