A Book Lovers Weekend

Friday, Jul 31, 2009 4:41pm  |  COMMENTS (11)

Tonight Watchung Booksellers will be holding Writing Matters: A Dialog on the Craft of Business of the World at 8:30 p.m.7 pm.

Upcoming book events this weekend:

Saturday Baristanet’s own Debbie Galant will be at the Fine Grind from 10 am to noon.

“Thurman Munson Remembered”, will be held this Sunday at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center at Montclair State University.

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More book events and schedules can be found on MEWS’s new social network.

Weather Alerts for Essex County

Friday, Jul 31, 2009 3:35pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

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A severe thunderstorm and flash flood watch are in effect for Essex county.

The National Weather Service has issued the watch until 9 p.m.

Find ways to prepare yourself for severe weather on the Weather Channel’s website checklist.

Summer Music Concert Canceled

Friday, Jul 31, 2009 2:56pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Tonight’s Essex County Summer Music Concert has be canceled. Chuck Mangione was scheduled to perform at Brookdale Park at 7:30 p.m. As of now, there is no rescheduled date.

Child Endangerment Arrest on Bloomfield Avenue Yesterday

Friday, Jul 31, 2009 2:14pm  |  COMMENTS (7)

A woman was arrested yesterday afternoon for endangering the welfare of a child on 700 Bloomfield Ave. after 11 a.m., according to Montclair Police Chief David Sabagh.

“A woman had let her child out of her car between two parked cars and drove off,” Sabagh said. “Two witnesses prevented the child from wondering wandering into traffic.”

The mother went around the block and came back where she was arrested and taken into headquarters. The father of the child was up the block.

Weird Names May Lead to Jail Time

Friday, Jul 31, 2009 12:58pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

BaristaKids discusses a study that shows naming a boy an unusual name could land him behind bars.

In the professional journal Social Science Quarterly, Shippensburg University professor David Kalist says giving baby boys unusual or feminine first names makes them more likely to land in jail.

Continue reading here.

Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested

Friday, Jul 31, 2009 12:33pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

A Montclair man was arrested yesterday as a suspect in a July 14 armed robbery. A West Orange male reported that he was robbed at gunpoint, which was reported here.

Montclair Deputy Chief Todd Conforti writes:

A police investigation identified Brandon Brown, 22 years old, of Montclair, as one of the suspects in this robbery. Brown was arrested by detectives on July 30 at approximately 8:15 p.m. after being observed in the area of Bloomfield Avenue and North Fullerton Avenue. Brown has been charged with Armed Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery, Possession of a Weapon, and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and is being held on a bail of $200,000 bond.

Burglary Arrest Leads to More Charges

Friday, Jul 31, 2009 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (4)

An arrest was made on Tuesday after a burglary occurred on Valley Road. According to Montclair Deputy Chief Todd Conforti, John Carluccio, 21 years old, of Montclair, was identified and arrested as the suspect in the burglary and held on a bail of $10,000 bond. This follows the speedy arrest in armed robberies earlier this week.

After investigation, Carluccio was also charged with burglary and criminal attempt.

Conforti writes:

In addition to being identified in the Valley Road burglary, Carluccio was charged with one count of burglary and criminal attempt (theft) for breaking into a vehicle on Nassau Road on July 27.

As result of this investigation, Carluccio was also charged with criminal attempt (burglary) for a residence on Macopin Avenue where a rear sliding glass door was smashed open on July 25.

This case is still under investigation and has been referred to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.

The State of Volunteerism in NJ

Friday, Jul 31, 2009 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (19)

Bloomfield volunteers.jpgA new report shows that more Americans are getting involved in their communities in multiple ways. In 2008 volunteering held steady while working with neighbors to solve community problems significantly increased over 2007.

As part of its mission to improve lives, strengthen communities,and foster civic engagement through volunteering and service, the Corporation for National and Community Service conducts research on the volunteering habits of Americans. The VolunteeringInAmerica.gov site houses the most comprehensive collection of information on volunteering and national service in the U.S. We looked at their key findings for New Jersey — how do we rank compared to other states? Fogedabodet! (The only consolation os that New York ranks worst of all.)

For those interested in hooking up with a volunteer organization, the state has a nifty new website.

from EcoRealty

Gov. Corzine Discusses New Stimulus Benefits at Montclair State

Friday, Jul 31, 2009 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (4)

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Gov. Jon Corzine spoke at a press conference held at Montclair State University yesterday afternoon to discuss the benefits of the new economic stimulus legislation for college campuses.

The legislation, which Corzine signed on Monday, now allows private developers to construct facilities on colleges and universities using a public-private partnership. It will also allow campuses more grants for campus development.

“Using the forward-looking and creative methodologies made possible by the Stimulus Act, Montclair State University will immediately partner with a private developer to provide a minimum of 1,200 beds on campus, with associated dining service and parking opportunities,” President Susan A. Cole said.

The press conference was held in front of Bohn Hall, a dormitory built in 1972 designed to house 588 students. President Cole explained Bohn Hall will house 703 students this fall, at 120 percent capacity. Students from MSU and Kean University stood behind the podium holding up signs that said, “Thanks for more beds” and “Beds for heads.”

“If we make this kind of investment in beds for heads, like the signs say, and research facilities we create reasons to be in New Jersey and that will go long beyond today,” Gov. Corzine said.

Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, State Senator Ray Lesniak, State Assemblyman Albert Coutinho and Kean University President Dawood Farahi were in attendance.

Brewing Racial Harmony

Thursday, Jul 30, 2009 4:04pm  |  COMMENTS (61)

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