Baristanet Redesign to Launch

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 31, 2010 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (118)

Pssst, starting tomorrow when you get to your desk with your first cup of coffee, you’ll be looking at a new version of Baristanet. It will have a lot more functionality and, we think, a sharp updated look. The Barista and her elves will be working all night to implement the change: just a quick head’s up to tell you that any comment you post here after 4 p.m. tonight just may not transfer to the new version.

Africk’s Trash Flash Mob?

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 31, 2010 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (11)

CaryAfrickGarbage.jpgAlthough he’s a lone wolf now when he makes his daily trash collecting expeditions to Watchung Plaza, Montclair’s Second Ward Councilor Cary Africk says a “trash flash mob is next.”

Africk recently posted on his Face Book page that he believes “30-minutes a day of clean up will get a lot more done than 30 hours of meetings with town officials who already have had a “study” team in there and have concluded “there’s nothing that can be done.” Bemoaning analysis paralysis, Africk has taken matters into his own hands.

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Montclair a Coolest Suburb? Yeah, We Knew

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 31, 2010 1:26pm  |  COMMENTS (22)

montclair coolest suburb.jpgNews flash from Travel + Leisure Magazine: Montclair is one of the coolest suburbs in America. It might even be worth, you know, a side trip if you’re visiting New York. Among Montclair’s claims to coolness are: The New York Times’ David Carr (we’re sure you’ll meet him if you come over for a visit), the Wellmont, Montclair State University and the Montclair Art Museum, as well as “funky shops.”

Ho hum. Picking Montclair as one of the coolest suburbs in America is like shooting ducks in barrel. Here’s a job for you Travel + Leisure, pick the coolest suburb of Montclair.

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DeCamp Strike is on for Thursday

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 31, 2010 12:50pm  |  COMMENTS (8)

StrikeUpdate from Clever Commute:

NJT will NOT cross-honor DeCamp tickets. Purchase your tickets in advance. NOTE: The only time you can buy a NJT train ticket on the train is when you had no other option. What this means: If you board at NYP, Hoboken or anyplace there is a ticket window (or machine), you MUST buy your ticket before boarding — otherwise, its a $5 surcharge.

HEADS UP: Bay Street station now DOES have these machines.

You can reach Conductor Josh here for any strike advice or info.

News from DeCamp and Clever confirm a DeCamp bus drivers strike, starting Thursday morning. Here’s what the bus company says in an alert message on it’s web site:

Attention all passengers, effective 5:00 AM Thursday morning, September 2, 2010 the union employees of DeCamp Bus Lines will be on strike. There will be no service. We will keep riders informed as information becomes available.

Has SOMA Achieved Perfect Racial Harmony?

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 31, 2010 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (6)

kidsrace.jpgRacial harmony in South Orange and Maplewood seems to have reached a point where having the “diversity talk” with one’s children might be moot. One self-declared “white” father, who calls himself jersey_boy, started a chat in Maplewood Online’s Virtual Cafe about the fact that his kids have no reference point — or need — for the subject of race relations.

His six-year-old son, whose best friend has “brown skin,” seemingly has no awareness of ethnic or racial differences being any kind of big deal. “I’ve been waiting for the racist moment to have to teach this country’s nasty history,” said jersey_boy in his comment. “It hasn’t happened.”

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Need a Quick Dining Room … or Restaurant?

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 31, 2010 10:53am  |  COMMENTS (3)

table 8 chairs again.jpgAnybody who ever ate at the late, lamented Table 8 on Bloomfield Ave. in Montclair will immediately recognized these “crushed raspberry red velvet chairs” — now on sale for $30 a pop on Craigslist. Fifty of the chairs, which originally cost $150 each, are available. Makes me sad to see one of Montclair’s finest restaurants sold off piece by piece, but I remember those chairs as comfy, and they probably would look good in my dining room…

MSU Sewer Work Begins, Discussion Continues

Tuesday, Aug 31, 2010 8:56am  |  COMMENTS (0)

construction msu.jpgMontclair State University’s on-campus sewer improvement work will begin today, on the north side of Normal Avenue, from Carlisle Road to College Avenue. Construction in this area is expected to continue for around a week and will be conducted in the roadway just outside the curbs.

Tomorrow is Red Hawk Day — opening day on campus.

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Lost and Found

Monday, Aug 30, 2010 9:22pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

A man recently found a women’s bracelet in a local park. If you think this may be your bracelet, please send a detailed description to

A money clip was also lost Sunday in Edgemont Park, possibly in the children’s play area. If you have found this, please send an e-mail to so we can reunite the money clip (and its contents) with the owner.

If you have an item you would like posted as lost or found, please send an e-mail here, and we will be more than happy to post it.

Grey Tabby Cat Found in Montclair

BY  |  Monday, Aug 30, 2010 9:06pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Is this your cat? A reader from Montclair writes:

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Midtown Direct Rep: The Theatre Company

Monday, Aug 30, 2010 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Midtown Direct Rep resized.jpgSOPAC’s Midtown Direct Rep raised the roof with their first production. Broadway stars and South Orange/Maplewood locals Charlie Pollock (9 to5) and Christiane Noll (Ragtime, Tony nominee) speak to Baristanet ahead of this week’s staged reading of Girl in the Frame.

When a group of young Broadway talent is introduced to a handsome theater venue right on its doorstep, it’s surely a matter of time before they get something going on.

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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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