Resident Confronts Burglar, Politely

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2009 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (14)

Montclair Police say a resident shoo’d a house burglar away in the middle of the night before he could make off with any valuables.

A resident of Elston Road returned to his home around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 25; about 45 minutes later, from his basement bedroom, he heard the back door open. Then he heard steps in the kitchen above him. The resident went upstairs to see what was going on, and he came face-to-face with a strange man standing in his kitchen.

The intruder, described as a light complexioned black man, 5’8″ with a tattoo on the right side of his neck wearing a purple shirt and a black/yellow cap, froze, holding on to a brown leather attache case. According to police, resident looked the intruder in the eyes, and said “please leave now.” The intruder dropped the case and left quickly out the back door, as police were called.

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The Boss And Your Commute Tonight

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2009 2:31pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

In other transit news, NJ Transit is giving you a heads up that you may have additional commuters tonight heading out to the Meadowlands to see Bruce Springsteen. They offer train tips for concert goers as well as an alternative, bus service from Port Authority starting at 4:30 p.m.

Remembering Midge Bourne

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2009 1:23pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

Carolyn “Midge” Bourne, a long-time member and friend of the Glen Ridge Women’s Club and the first and only female mayor of Glen Ridge, has died. Baristanet sends our condolences to Bourne’s family and friends.

NJ Transit Announces Weekend Service!

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2009 11:06am  |  COMMENTS (73)

weekend.jpg All aboard weekenders! NJ Transit announced today that weekend train service for the Montclair-Boonton line will start on Nov. 8.

The announcement was made at an 11 a.m. press conference this morning at the Bay Street Station by NJ Transit executive director Richard Sarles. Essex County Executive Joe D. Vincenzo, Mayor Ray McCarthy of Bloomfield, Mayor Peter Hughes of Glen Ridge and Mayor Jerry Fried of Montclair were on hand for the announcement. Fried took an active role in impressing upon NJ transit how important weekend train service for Montclair would be back in June. At the press conference, McCarthy credited Fried with making the service happen, saying “Mayor Fried was a dog on a bone with this one.”

How will it work? It was announced that Montclair parking authority will offer free weekend parking in the Bay Street garage at least through the end of 2009. Weekend service will be bi-hourly and Montclair weekenders will need to catch the train from Bay Street, as that will be where the service terminates. Trains will run to Newark where passengers can transfer to New York Penn Station, or stay on board for Hoboken service. Weekend trains will also stop at Watsessing, Bloomfield and Glen Ridge stations.

Weekend train service didn’t sound promising back in March and here, too, when it was expected to be delayed into late 2009. Now that it’s here — are you over the top glad, sad or ambivalent? Tell us how and when will you use the weekend train in comments.

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Go Win Some Free Tickets

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2009 10:44am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The ladies bountiful at Barista Kids are giving away free Dan Zanes tickets.

Newark Beats Out Montclair For Dodge Poetry Festival

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2009 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (14)

When Joe Hartnett said that the Dodge Foundation was “reimagining” the Dodge Poetry Festival and considering something completely different from the Waterloo Village model, he was on to something. Except, the Dodge folks took that reimagining a step further. In a move some might call poetic justice, the city of Newark, home to famous poets and native sons Allen Ginsberg, David Shapiro, and Amiri Baraka, was selected as the new site for The Dodge Poetry Festival in October 2010, along with NJPAC.

“Newark is the state’s center of arts, culture, and entertainment and having the festival in Newark is a testament to its spirit,” said Mayor Booker. “It is a mutually beneficial endeavor. This will raise the profile of the festival and it’s great for the city.”

“This is a ringing endorsement of Newark, New Jersey’s largest city, as a major cultural capital,” said NJPAC’s President and CEO Lawrence Goldman. “We have always said that Newark is the London and Paris of New Jersey and this selection by the Dodge Foundation is a welcome validation.”

From Italian to Asian

Tuesday, Sep 29, 2009 5:00pm  |  COMMENTS (15)


The long-empty Mama Giola’s, on Bloomfield Avenue just east of South Fullerton in Montclair, is on its way to becoming an Asian Bistro called Chia. Thanks to Jenn Schiffer for snapping the identity change, underway today.

Heroin Seized in Montclair Drug Arrest

Tuesday, Sep 29, 2009 3:41pm  |  COMMENTS (6)

Montclir Police yesterday arrested a 28-year-old Montclair man for drug possession and seized 50 envelopes of heroin from his car. The full news release, from Deputy Chief Todd Conforti, follows.

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Brookdale Park(ing) Warning

Tuesday, Sep 29, 2009 2:29pm  |  COMMENTS (43)

parking ticket brookdale.jpgIt may be that you’ve been doing it for years. But that — and that fact that everybody else does it — won’t spare you a ticket if you’re parked around the periphery of Brookdale Park on a day the Essex County Sheriff’s Department decides to enforce the rules. This reader found out the hard way about a week ago.

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Baristaville Parents Don’t Spank

Tuesday, Sep 29, 2009 1:51pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

This just in: spanking lowers IQ. Kristen Kemp, who grew up in Kentucky, did an informal survey and, not surprisingly, discovered that Baristaville parents spank less than those in her hometown. Read all about it on Barista Kids.

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