Distraught Owner Offers $1,000 Reward for Lost Dog

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 12:40pm  |  COMMENTS (52)

Baristanet reader and contributor Sue Kasdon tipped us off about this lost dog:

Junior, a 15-year-old, gray miniature poodle, was lost in West Orange on January 18. Junior needs medication, has bad teeth, and is senile, so he wouldn’t know how to find his way home.
He was wearing a red sweater when he disappeared.
People have told the owner that they may have seen Junior near Rosedale Cemetery in Montclair and on High Street in Orange.

If you find Junior please contact pets@baristanet.com.

Hawkeye Photographer Gets Photo Of Hawk!

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 11:15am  |  COMMENTS (12)

Jill-Siegel-photo-Cooper's_Hawk_-_Jan_2010.jpg Alert Montclair photographer and travel agent Jill Siegel caught this beautiful shot of an impressive adult male Cooper’s Hawk on Friday, Jan. 30, and was kind enough to share it with us. Now where did she get this photo? Was it during a recent Hawk Watch? Well, no. She took the photo from her window on Walnut Street! Beautiful photo, Jill, and thank you so much for sharing it with us.

Small Works for a Big Cause, as Artists Unite for Haiti

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 7:15am  |  COMMENTS (1)

n259715733113_2916.jpegThis is a reminder about a really fun, creative and worthwhile event happening today (Sunday, Jan. 31) from 2 to 5 pm at the Brassworks Gallery at 105 Grove Street in Montclair. Purchase any one of over 100+ pieces of original art for $50. Many local artists and student artists have donated their work. This is a great chance to own a great piece by an artist you admire in the community. All proceeds will go 100 percent direct to Haiti via one of three charities of your choice. Bring your checkbook. No cash. No credit. Need more info? Contact Hillary by email or call (973) 744-5100.

Fairfield Policeman Shot Going to Work

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010 12:06am  |  COMMENTS (4)

Police and prosecutors have not yet released the name of a Fairfield police officer who was shot a block away from police headquarters on his way to work tonight. The officer, who was shot in the abdomen and the chest, was airlifted to University Hospital, where he was reported to be in critical condition. Police are looking for a black Dodge Magnum in connection with the shooting. More information on NJ.com and MyFoxNY.

Photo of the Week: McSunset

Saturday, Jan 30, 2010 10:28am  |  COMMENTS (13)

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We adore this photo of the McDonald’s on Broad Street by Bloomfield Camera Club member SJStreeter, who uploaded it to the Baristanet Flickr group. Streeter also contributed the photo for this open thread on Thursday. Streeter is great with color and clearly has a sense of humor.
Meanwhile, think of this as your Saturday open thread. How are you dealing with the cold? I’ve already got a fire going in my wood stove, a treat I usually reserve for evenings. But I may tear myself away for Burgers and Bands over at Fitzgerald’s or a free massage at Karuna Shala.

Chop, Chop In Bloomfield

Friday, Jan 29, 2010 5:00pm  |  COMMENTS (38)

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Bloomfielder Debbie Rainone is very, very upset. She used to admire a lovely, mature, blooming wisteria in front of her house on Broughton, across from Demarest School, and maybe you did too. It was the focal point of her nicely landscaped garden…until this week. Debbie writes:

On Tuesday, January 26 at approximately 9:15am I heard a power saw, and went outside my home to see 3 men, 1 in a cherry picker ripping down my 20-year-old heirloom Wisteria vine wrapped around my 100-year-old oak tree. After questioning one worker, he said “it’s gone ma’am, I’m just doing my job.” My next door neighbor has the same Wisteria plant growing on his tree and it was spared.
Apparently they also cut it from the bottom up to kill it because it was written up on their work order as “poison ivy.” We did not have any branches even near the wire nor was the wisteria a problem. They were very arrogant and dismissive, then continued on to the next house. I was so devastated, I called my husband who in turn called the police to file a complaint.
At this point, the PSE&G Supervisor, Councilman Nick Joanow, Forester Steve Schuckman, Mayor McCarthy & members of Bloomfield Neighborhood Association have been notified. Our family is pursuing a civil suit. (Our heart is broken as nothing can replace this once stunning Wisteria, planted by our now deceased mothers’ own hands from her garden 20 years ago.)
Enclosed are photos of the wisteria in bloom last summer, and the vine on Tuesday when Lewis Tree Service, under contract to PSE&G butchered it. Hopefully, it will alert Bloomfielders to be more diligent and question what this tree service will be “trimming” when they get to their house.

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Traffic Change on Rt. 280

Friday, Jan 29, 2010 3:49pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Avoid 280-W going through Newark. The NJDOT has issued a warning that traffic will be slow due to a lane closing for bridge repairs. Read the news release in the jump.

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Arraignment Tomorrow in 2009 Verona Sunoco Murder

Friday, Jan 29, 2010 3:13pm  |  COMMENTS (24)

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Raymond Perry and David Fate, who were arrested last March in connection with the February 2009 murder of Verona Sunoco station attendant Dan Pritchard, will be arraigned on February 9 before the Essex County Superior Court Judge Peter Vasquez. Today’s announcement by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office follows a Jan. 8 grand jury indictment. Both men are charged with murder, felony murder, robbery, conspiracy and weapons offenses. Bail for Perry, 43, was set at $1.4 million. Bail for Fate, 24, was set at $1 million. Both remain in custody.

Want a Free Mini Massage? Celebrate with Karuna Shala

Friday, Jan 29, 2010 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

IMG_3961-copy-waterlilies.jpgLots going on this weekend at Karuna Shala. Tomorrow (Friday, January 29) take a yoga class called ‘Yoga Under the Moon’ and help raise money for Little Kids Rock. Taught by Ivy, the class is accompanied by live electronic music by local musician, Scott Raposa. On Saturday, come for free demo yoga classes and free mini-massages from 1:30-4:30. New to yoga? Here’s your chance to try it out. On Sunday, check out an art reception by a local artist (still to be determined), followed by a live music performance by David Newman. Karuna Shala is located at 855 Bloomfield Avenue, 2nd floor, suite 208, Glen Ridge, (973) 743 1211.

On Stage @ Montclair State University: Combat Soldiers’ Stories

Friday, Jan 29, 2010 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

“Into the Fire” tells the stories of combat soldiers’ experiences with trauma and disabilities during their transition to civilian life.
Montclair State is hosting a free performance of “Into the Fire” – a powerful theatrical documentary play about men and women soldiers returning home after serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam. This event is open to the public.
WHEN: Friday, February 5, 2010, 2 p.m to 4 p.m. with reception to follow.
WHERE: Memorial Auditorium, Montclair State University
To attend, register at the Operation College Promise website or call 609-989-1100.
Actor/playwrights Anthony Curry and Carrie Gibson created the play based on interviews with returning veterans. They incorporated the many specific disabilities they encountered into the program: post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, hearing loss, loss of limbs, chronic pain, and mobility challenges. Humor and music lighten the performance, allowing audiences to digest and process the powerful stories.
Curry and Gibson will moderate an interactive discussion following the performance to encourage reflection on the effects of war on our communities.

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