The Aftermath

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

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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)

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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.

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Local Kid Meets Nelson Mandela

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

nelson mandela.jpgNelson Mandela Day is July 18, and includes and all-star concert at Radio City Music Hall, a special stand at Grand Central and a dinner at Cipriani’s.

One local boy was part of the pre-celebration when 11 New York City area kids went to Johannesburg, South Africa. They were selected from a pool of 1,000 students who submitted essays about Mandela’s legacy. They all had individual meetings with Nelson Mandela. See Aron Augustitus, a 13-year-old from West Essex Middle School who lives in North Caldwell with Mandela at left.

Aron wrote new lyrics to Bruce Springsteen’s Working on a Dream for Mandela, read it on the next page.

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Duct Tape Prom Dresses & Our 4th of July Float

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

duct tape.jpgI’m frantically trying to come up with an idea for Barista Kids’ 4th of July Parade float this Saturday. We have a red pickup truck, but that’s about it. Have any ideas for us? Please help me before I am driven to drink vodka (even though I hear vodka makes me old). I promise not to drink while driving the float.

Maybe I should ask these nifty kids, see left: They’re creating duct tape prom dresses. Around the country, couples made thrifty outfits from the tape that can solve the world’s problems. Then they entered their photos in the Stuck at Prom online contest, which is down to 10 finalists. The winning couple and school will get $3,000 scholarships. Vote for the best duct tape prom dress by Thursday, July 2.

Okay, now about that parade float…

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:

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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.

Mom Confession: I Don’t Believe in Boredom

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2009 10:21am  |  COMMENTS (1)

boredom.jpgAt a meeting around my dining room table last night, a few parents mentioned that their daughters were bored in Girl Scouts, and the implication was that this might lead to them dropping out of the troop.

Bored is one of those trigger words for me–I get up on my mental soapbox, and start delivering a lecture on the many meanings of the word and how we should and shouldn’t respond when we hear it. Not only does it come from my nostalgia about childhood, and how back in the day, we were never bored–because I know that can’t be true. There were times when my club meetings didn’t provide enough entertainment. They often took place in the crawl spaces under the garden apartments in Whitestone, Queens, with suds coming in from the leaking washing machine above, and lights flickering from a Sabbath candle on an orange crate.

In my years as an elementary school teacher, bored kids were accustomed to having grown-ups fix the things in their lives that weren’t easy.

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Well-written and informative article, I think the Plofker plan for the DMV garage is a good one! :-)

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