Maplewood’s 1978 Arts Center Says Thanks

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junecaterheads.jpgThe first annual Friends of 1978 Arts Center event was Thursday night in Maplewood. To thank members for their support throughout the year, the Center provided great food, great art and a great time. Catered by SOMA’s very own Chef Jesse, the crowd feasted on ‘New Carolina Cuisine’ crab cakes and pulled pork strudel.

“What is most attractive to me about 1978, is that this is a place where formal art meets the informal. You have high quality art in a very accessible place,” said new member Barbara Heisler.

The event featured the simultaneous opening of two shows. On the Board 2 displayed encaustics, pencil drawings, collage, paintings, photography and sculpture by 1978′s current board of directors. The second exhibit is the work of sculptor and 1978 patron, June Cater. Her series of clay heads is called On the Shelf.

The evening concluded with a request for continued support and an announcement of the fall line up of exhibits and classes, including a breast cancer survivor show in October and a Small Works show in December. Upcoming classes included watercolor and photography.

Story and photo by Baristanet contributor Joy Yagid, who is a Maplewood based photographer.

Fun With the Press in Chelsea-Land

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

There have been sightings of Bill and Hillary, the Daily Show’s John Oliver and — stop the presses — Madeline Albright. But trying to get a glimpse of bride-to-be Chelsea Clinton is like waiting for Godot. Still, the mood is giddy, the crowds are exuberant, the weather is gorgeous and the shopkeepers of Rhinebeck, NY couldn’t be happier. They’ve painted their shop windows with congratulatory messages, brought out cake and champagne for passersby and shared their wifi with the press. It’s a lot of fun. But you want real romance, hang around Montclair’s Church Street this Sunday.

Montclair’s Outdoor Movie Night a Crowd Pleaser

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (5)

moonstruck.jpgStarting an event off with free ice cream shakes is always a good way to engage an audience. As the opening “act” for the second of the Montclair International Film Festival’s (MIFF) summer 2010 outdoor movie screenings, Matt Jerkovich, of Elevation Burger did just that. The “Montclair” shake was made with strawberry and vanilla ice cream, and was offered to those gathered in the make-shift theater of assorted folding chairs and blankets on Church Street. It was Jerkovich’s way of celebrating his restaurant’s first birthday. The audience was only too happy to join in.

Sated with the creamy drink, the happy crowd of around 200 then sat back and relaxed in their folding chairs while listening to a mellow live performance by singer/guitarist Jefferson Newman.

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Undercover Patrol Suspended After Fatal Branch Brook Park Shooting

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 8:52am  |  COMMENTS (5)

Late yesterday, authorities suspended the undercover patrol effort in place when Defarra Gaymon, a former Montclair resident, was shot and killed at Branch Brook Park . Sheriff Armando Fontoura made the announcement, reports the Star Ledger, saying that there was a need to “make some adjustments.”

Fontoura added that in addition to temporarily suspending the patrol [part of a five-year-old undercover operation] to curb sex activity in the park, he is working with local gay rights activists to consider an alternate way to address the problem.

Although the undercover effort is suspended, uniformed police presence in the park will be increased. Fontoura also said there will be a full review of the operation.

Garden State Equality wrote a letter to Fontoura on 7/21 asking whether the undercover patrol was targeting gay or LGBT persons specifically and if so, asking that any such targeted operations be ended. Additionally Garden State Equality has requested documents related to previous lewdness arrests made at the park since 2005.

Open Houses In Baristaville, Sunday, August 1, 2010

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siena.jpgDownsizing (or upsizing, for that matter) will be easy this weekend. Check out the diverse selection of new properties on the market this week, including Montclair’s Sienna, on real estate.

Montclair: Restaurant Update

Friday, Jul 30, 2010 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Changes to Montclair’s restaurant scene: One restaurant closes, another gets a new chef. Find out on Food.

Talk to Ed Koch about Gaymon Tonight on Bloomberg Radio

Friday, Jul 30, 2010 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (13)

EdKoch.jpgCory Booker reached out to Ed Koch last night, after the former NY Mayor called for Booker’s involvement in the DeFarra Gaymon shooting. After their chat, Mayor Koch came away with a better understanding of the Newark Police Department vs. the Essex County Sheriff’s Department and modified his statement (after the jump).

Koch will be discussing the Gaymon incident and taking calls on his weekly Bloomberg radio show – Ed Koch, The Voice of Reason — tonight, between 7-8pm.

We know Koch wants to hear from Baristaville on this, and we know you all have lots to say. Click here to listen between 7-8pm or call 1-800-971-1130 to join the discussion. You can also find the show at 1130 on the AM dial, XM, 129 and Sirius, 130.

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Sunday Irish Music at St. James’ Gate, Maplewood

Friday, Jul 30, 2010 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

IrishMusic.jpgThis Sunday from 2 – 5 pm, like every Sunday at that time, Irish musicians will gather at St. James’ Gate in Maplewood for a seis√∫n (session) — an Irish music jam. Called the Cat and Fiddle Session, the weekly event is run by musicians Tom Dunne and Tony Horswill.

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Open Houses in Baristaville, Sunday Aug. 1

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siena.jpegAnyone with kids going off to college ready to downsize? Maybe it’s time to take a peek inside the Siena in downtown Montclair. This 2BR, 2.5B corner apartment, listed by Jacqueline Rossi of Coldwell Banker, is offered at $570,990. Open house 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. And while you’re there, you can swing by another open house in the same building, a 2BR, 2B apartment with New York views, listed by Linda Grotenstein for $599,000, also showing between 1 and 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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Table 8 Closes, Epernay Gets New Chef

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jaysongrossman.jpgMore changes to Montclair’s restaurant scene. Table 8 will be closing as of tomorrow, Saturday, July 31, after five years in business. We will miss the restaurant, the stuffed dates and gregarious owner/host Demetri Malki, who promises to let us know about his next venture.

Around the corner on Park Street, Epernay has a new chef. Jayson Grossberg (pictured right), fornerly of Alphabet Soup, joins Randall Vindas (left) in Epernay’s kitchen. Grossberg won raves from the Times’ Karla Cook and is putting his own stamp on Epernay’s French brasserie fare.

I’ve long been a fan of bistro classics at Epernay — the steak au poivre, the mussels in white wine and garlic and the frisee salad with lardons and blue cheese. The good news — those dishes are all still on the menu, along with a number of other familiar dishes. Grossberg’s influence can be seen with some tweaks of existing dishes as well as some bold new additions that skew lighter than some of the other menu items.

Some of the new dishes I sampled at a recent tasting:

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The cops don't need to be everywhere at once, the penalties need to be harsh. It is not hyperbole JC. No one is slowing down for a few hundred bucks. 5k or 10k and you can be sure that "speed won't be creeping up" on folks.

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