Sure there are your princesses, football players and superheroes, but this year there seems to be more of the year of the wink-wink High Concept Halloween. Coming to my door tonight was a kid dressed as Comedy Central, another kid dressed as Obama (accompanied by his father, Bill Clinton) and a Lady Gaga who looked to be about 8. Across the street a teenager who’d been to the Rally to Restore Sanity yesterday carved a pumpkin of Stephen Colbert, and not from a stencil. Our own correspondent Kristie Cattafi camed dressed as “Lois Lane” (“Modern day lois lane is a blogger..true story,” she posted on Facebook.)
Then there were the unintentional ironies, like the kid whose cellphone went off while waiting for his candy. Continue Reading
According to the National Weather Service (and Pat Kenschaft), Baristaville is likely to get its first frost overnight. That’s important news for our local backyard farmers. Here’s what our local queen of organic gardening said to her listserv yesterday.
We ran a poll last week asking what time you think kids should start trick or treating. The results had 4 pm as the winner. There were 14 votes for starting at noon and one of those families must have just visited Barista Annette’s house who just had her first trick or treater at 1:57 pm.
Tell us in comments when you went trick or treating today or when the first ghosts and goblins rang your bell.
Reading the testimonials for Lars Johansson that have poured into my email box over the past few weeks has left me wishing I had known the former class of 1986 Montclair High School hockey star — or at least seen him play.
Friends, teammates and coaches all agree that the defenseman’s skills weren’t just about puck-protection, but also about the joy of the game, and indeed, of life itself.
Johansson died on November 15, 2007 from inoperable brain cancer, but his smile and perseverance seem to still be ever-present in the memories of his friends and family. Continue Reading
Our nation’s capital was jammed with people demanding sanity yesterday and many of them came from our area, including co master-of-ceremonies Montclair Sunday school teacher Stephen Colbert, Montclair realtor Adriana O’Toole and Glen Ridge improv queen Deborah Maclean. And then there was Team Bloomfield, which included Anne Prince and Mimi Michalski, who sent pictures back to Baristanet. Michalski, speaking for the team, wrote this:
Take two national pastimes — owning dogs and celebrating Halloween — mix them up and you have something approaching the colorful scene that was Brookdale Park yesterday. The dogs put up with all fashion of capes, shirts, bandannas and bow ties. One came as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, complete with blue-checked dress and basket. “Best In Show” went to Biscuit Haven of Clifton, who came as a Barktender, complete with little drink umbrellas.
I would suggest that before there is any attempt to take over the Shell station property, it be fully vetted by every environmental agency possible; gas station clean ups are lengthy and very expensive - even I Shell would be liable for costs.