South Fullerton, Montclair, December 31, 2009

Thursday, Dec 31, 2009 10:34pm  |  COMMENTS (8)

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Sing In The New Year With Montclair’s Own Opera Star

Thursday, Dec 31, 2009 2:10pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

bolshoi.jpgI met Alison Bolshoi at the Garden Club of Montclair. She’s warm, friendly and a great flower designer too. But until she had to cut back her garden club activities because of her heavy tour schedule, I had no idea she was an extraordinary opera singer!

I love opera. Maybe I first got interested because my Dad, a Viennese native, used to play Der Rosenkavalier and various Brecht Weill music on our old stereo console when I was growing up. At any rate, I just want to make sure our Baristaville First Nighter’s are aware that among all of the first rate and delightful performances we can enjoy this evening, there is opera. Luscious, dreamy, soaring, haunting opera: Two sets, from 7:45-8:30, and 8:50-9:35 at St. Luke’s Church, 73 South Fullerton Avenue.

Adds Alison,

I will be accompanied by the wonderfully talented Michael Fennelly and the program will range from Dvorak, to Puccini, to Verdi, to Strauss, to Wagner, with a lot of little fun things thrown in for good measure

First Night Street Closings

Thursday, Dec 31, 2009 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

The following streets will be closed December 31, 2009 for First Night festivities:

Church Street (entire length) 6:00 p.m. -1:00 a.m.

South Park Street (from Bloomfield Avenue to the exit of the Crescent Deck) 5 pm – 1 am.

Valley Road (from Bloomfield Avenue to Church Street) 5 pm – 1 am.

Trinity Place (from Church Street to the Crescent) 5:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Orange Road (at Bloomfield Avenue to Church Street) 11:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

St. Lukes Place (11:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.)

Click here for a complete map of First Night activities. And here’s info on the First Night Shuttle:

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Box Heaven

Thursday, Dec 31, 2009 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (10)

chez pablo.jpgWhat to do with leftover UPS boxes? Sue Kasdon of Glen Ridge, owner of the Immortal Cat, made a McMansion for her cat Pablo.

Baristaville, 2009

Thursday, Dec 31, 2009 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (28)

As usual, a lot happened. The Democrats took over in Washington, but lost in New Jersey. Michael Jackson died. A plane crash-landed safely in the Hudson River. Another plane went down in Buffalo, killing a family in Bloomfield and a saxophonist in Glen Ridge. Restaurants and shops came and went, but Montclair Book Center turned 25. The iconic Fountains of Wayne closed on Rt. 46, but the iconic band named for it played a big school fundraiser in Montclair. Weekend train service came, but daily service deteriorated. The Benson Street station was sold. Bloomfield’s Foley Field stands were shut down right before July 4th. Gideons handed out bibles in Glen Ridge. Buses and trucks crashed into buildings. Storms came, trees fell. Presby Iris Gardens became an Essex County park. Luna left town. The Montclair Art Museum put on a major Cezanne exhibit. And, oh yes, Dressing for Pleasure went out of business after an illegal dungeon was discovered — but oh what a fight at city hall!

What was the biggest local story of the year? Go the the jump for our poll, and add your own favorites in the comments.

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A Snowy New Year

Thursday, Dec 31, 2009 9:05am  |  COMMENTS (6)

snow on new year's eve.jpgWill this change your plans for ringing in 2010?

THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THIS EVENING.

THE LEADING EDGE OF PRECIPITATION HAS REACHED CENTRAL NEW JERSEY AND EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA AND IS MOVING RAPIDLY TO THE NORTHEAST. SNOW WILL DEVELOP IN NORTHERN NEW JERSEY AND NEW YORK CITY EARLY THIS MORNING… SPREADING EAST THROUGH SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT… THE LOWER HUDSON VALLEY AND LONG ISLAND BY LATE MORNING. THE STEADY SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGHOUT THE DAY MIXING WITH RAIN OVER EASTERN LONG ISLAND AND THE NEW YORK METRO AREA THIS AFTERNOON. BY THE TIME THE STEADY SNOW ENDS THIS EVENING… 1 TO 3 INCHES OF SNOW IS EXPECTED ACROSS MOST OF THE AREA… WITH 2 TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW EXPECTED OVER THE LOWER HUDSON VALLEY AND INTERIOR CONNECTICUT.

Clever Commuters report a tortuous bus ride in today, and say the helix has been closed.

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NJ Residents Divided on Decade Past, Hopeful of Future

Wednesday, Dec 30, 2009 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

Residents of NJ are divided on whether the past decade has been good to them, with 30% saying life has improved, 34% saying it has worsened, and 31% believing nothing’s changed since 2000, according to a poll by the Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey, released on Tuesday, Dec. 29.

But they’re an optimistic bunch, with about half expecting a better ten years ahead.

Among under-30s, two in five felt life had improved, while 25% thought it had gone south; among 30 to 50 year olds, 35% felt life had improved, 31% said it got worse. From that age upwards, NJians were less optimistic, with 44% of 50-69 year olds saying life had worsened, and just 24% who felt life got better. Of those 70 years and older, the majority, about 45% felt the quality of life remains the same, while 38% feel it has sunk.

The survey found that black and Hispanic New Jerseyans are more positive than white state residents about the past decade’s influence on their lives. About 4 in 10 black and Hispanic adults felt life had improved over the past ten years. Just 1 in 4 white residents felt this was so.

Among Hispanics, 35% found life has gotten worse, while 40% found it improved. Among white residents, 38% felt life had worsened, and 32% found it unchanged.

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Claire Rosen Finalist In W Photo Contest

Wednesday, Dec 30, 2009 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (17)

claire-rosen-picture.jpgMontclair is home to some astonishing photographic talent–Ed Kashi, Jay Seldin, and Claire Rosen, to name three. And now, Claire Rosen, a young and truly creative and accomplished artist, has had one of her images selected as a finalist in the W photo Contest. The topic is ‘obsession’. The image that Rosen submitted is of a woman reclining on a couch, exhausted from her endless reading–she is covered with, and surrounded by, books of every size and description. It’s a lovely, evocative photo on its own, but it is especially appropriate for a photographer in a town like Montclair, where writers abound.

I was able to go online and cast my vote for this wonderful photograph. If you would like to vote too, here’s a link. And good luck to you Claire! How wonderful to be recognized by an iconic fashion journal like W!

NJ Pedestrian Deaths Rose in 2009; Tips for Safe Passage

Wednesday, Dec 30, 2009 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

pedestrian sign2.jpgThere were more pedestrian fatalities in NJ in 2009 even as the total number of traffic deaths fell, which was cause for concern, NJ State Police said. In the year to Dec. 27, 154 pedestrians died after being struck by vehicles in NJ, up 13 percent from 136 in the corresponding period of 2008, Det. Brian Polite of NJ State Police told Baristanet on Wednesday (Dec. 30).

Det. Polite said NJ State Police were concerned about the increase in the number of pedestrian deaths, possibly due to a rise in foot traffic over the year.

“We have a situation where more people are walking instead of driving, possibly due to the economy being the way it is; also the big push to energy conservation might have encouraged more pedestrians to walk,” he said.

In total, traffic accidents killed 578 people in the year to Dec. 27, down from 586 a year earlier, he said. Pedestrian deaths made up 26% of all traffic fatalities this year, up from 23%.

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Bloomfield Opens H1N1 Vaccine Clinics to All

Wednesday, Dec 30, 2009 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (8)

flu pig.jpgFor the first time since H1N1 vaccines were made available by the Bloomfield health department, clinics will now be open to all the public, and not just to the target groups which include infants under six months of age and pregnant women.

No appointments are needed for any of the clinics.

Following are the details of clinics to be held at the Bloomfield health department’s Nursing Division, on the lower level of the township’s municipal building:

Tuesdays : Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26

Thursdays: Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28

Time : 10am to 3pm

There will also be an open clinic for all age groups, including kids below 10 years who require a second vaccine dose, at Bloomfield High School cafeteria, as follows:

Thursday, Jan. 7: 4-7pm

Saturday, Jan. 9: 10am to 2pm

Questions? Ring the flu hotline at 973.680.4060 or the Nursing Division at 973.680.4058, or click here.

(Image: Flickr/Mike Licht)

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