Everyday is New Year’s for Dogs

BY  |  Friday, Dec 31, 2010 2:35pm  |  COMMENTS (12)

Each day seems to begin anew for our beloved animal friends, without the structure of a human calendar of events. I imagine that the only thing they notice about holidays — as opposed to any other day of the year — is that the people in their packs are home more, and may be more likely to play. Perhaps there are also better table scraps.

For the dogs at Brookdale’s Dog Park this morning, playing and romping were the tasks at hand, along with a group chase after one slimy tennis ball and a less gunky geometric-looking throw toy. Oh, yes, and they all seemed to enjoy peeing on the snowman in the corner of the park (seen in the above photo, in far left corner).

At any rate, Happy New Year Baristaville dogs. May your romp be long and healthy, and may a holiday feast be put in your bowl.

Montclair’s 4th Ward “Moves” Into 2011

BY  |  Friday, Dec 31, 2010 2:32pm  |  COMMENTS (13)

Councilor Renee Baskerville, M.D., the 4th Ward Collaborative and Health Commissioner Alfred Davis, Jr., D.C. & Partners* invite the public to start 2011 with and afternoon of fun and fittness at the Wally Choice Community Center in Glenfield Park on New Year’s Day.

Rejuvenate Your Mind, Body & Spirit! Dance: Zumba, Family Hip Hop, Salsa; Healthy, Fun Foods; Fitness & Strength Trainers; Workshops: Peak Performance, “Six Facets of Health,” Restful Sleep, Good Posture, Balanced Spine, Positive Attitude, Proper Nutrition; Interactive Presentations; Stretching & Exercises; Work Out While Watching the New Years Day Games on Large Screen TVs

Libations Honoring the Ancestors & Imani-Faith-The Last Day of Kwanzaa

A New Years Day Affair-Saturday, January 1, 2011

2:00P.M. – 6:00P.M.

Wally Choice Community Center-Glenfield Park

Maple Ave., Montclair

973 509-2658

* Moving Montclair 4Ward-Getting A Healthy Start PARTNERS: Dr. Cynthia Paige, Medical Director, Cypress Health Institute of New Jersey; Dr. Tyran Mincey, Integrated Healthcare; Drs. Frank Barnes & Tanya Carter, Family Eye Care; Dr. Demi Turner, Family Foot Care Center; Ms. Sharon Green, Author, I’m Not Fat, I’m Big Boned: How I lost 81 lbs; United Way, Partners for Health Foundation; Mrs. Debra Jennings, Statewide Parents Advocacy Network; Montclair NAACP; Montclair Neighborhood Development Corp. (MNDC); The Foundation for the AAP, NJ; Ms. Sylvia Bryant, Montclair Public Schools/Parents Programs; Ms. Kamille King, Dance Instructor, Sharon Miller Academy for Performing Arts; Ms. Axel Capicia & Mr. Edwardo Ciseros, SYMBEO Health; Montclair B.I.D.

Times Square New Year’s Eve, Streaming Live to Baristaville

BY  |  Friday, Dec 31, 2010 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (17)

Just a dozen or so miles from the heart of Baristaville, the New Year’s Eve phenomenon that is Times Square — the symbolic center of ringing in hopes, dreams and aspirations — shows up on screens across the globe.

Millions of Americans and billions worldwide will count down the famous “dropping of the ball” from the flagpole atop One Times Square tonight, while they parallel party with the New York City revelers. Tonight, on Baristanet, you can stream the festivities live via the Times Square Alliance.

Watch it and party on…

Watch live streaming video from 2011 at livestream.com

Bloomfield’s Little-Known Parking Ticket

Friday, Dec 31, 2010 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (29)

Take a close look at this photo. This car is parked on Bloomfield Avenue in Bloomfield Center, about a block west of Broad Street. There is a parking ticket on the windshield. Anybody know why?

The Parking Authority in Bloomfield has lately been issuing a little-known ticket called, “Manner of Parking.” When parking at a metered spot, the vehicle’s front bumper must be at or behind the meter post — unlike this one which is aligned with the passenger door. If not positioned properly, you’ll likely find a ticket stuck under your wiper blade when you return.

However, the positioning might be a little tricky. There are no painted lines on Bloomfield Avenue indicating the exact configuration of the parking space, which can make it harder to avoid a violation. In addition, even if there is adequate room between two parked vehicles, if the available space doesn’t allow the car to specifically fit behind the meter, it’s ticket-worthy in the eyes of the Parking Authority.

When asked about this scenario, a Parking Authority representative said, “two wrongs don’t make a right.”

A Bloomfield police officer (who asked not to be named), said that many confused people have approached him in recent days concerning this violation. He admitted the ticket was a bit exacting.

At $30 a pop, perhaps the township is using the “Manner of Parking” violation as a source of revenue in these budget-strapped times?

Because of financial constraints, municipal administrator Frederick Carr told Baristanet that, “there is no plan to paint lines along Bloomfield Avenue to delineate where the parking spaces are.”

It’s New Year’s Eve and Resolutions Abound

BY  |  Friday, Dec 31, 2010 9:03am  |  COMMENTS (17)

Tonight, corks will be popped and resolutions will be made.

New Year’s Day represents the start of an annual mass-cultural effort to make positive changes in our lives, and improve our respective lots. Continue Reading

First Night, Baristaville

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 30, 2010 4:54pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

For tickets and more information, click here. Here’s the line up:

The Big Apple Circus to Go, Hillside School Auditorium, 54 Orange Road, Performance times are: 5:00, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m.

Wild ‘N Whacky, Hillside School Gymnasium, 54 Orange Road, Performance times are: 5:30, 7:00 and 8:15 p.m. Continue Reading

Montclair Rhythm Duo, “Ta Ka Di Mi Project” at Symphony Space, 1/7

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 30, 2010 3:01pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgt19zd9IBQ

Montclair residents, master drummer Glen Velez and his rhythm vocalist wife Lori Cotler will bring their unique brand of world music to Symphony Space on January 7 at 8 p.m.

Regarded as the founding father of the modern frame drum movement, four-time Grammy Award-winning percussionist Velez and his band, “Ta Ka Di Mi Project” will perform in a one-night only, double-header concert, along with Trio Globo.

The “Ta Ka Di Mi Project’s” playing represents the primal rhythm cycle of four beats, intended to lead the mind from the mystical realm of numbers and into the sublime world of music and sound. The performance will feature compositions derived from music of the Mid-East, Central Asia and the Mediterranean region. An array of frame drums, bird calls and exotic noisemakers blend with South Indian Konnakol drum language, soulful melodies and jazz-inflected scat, that promises to deliver a unusual program of pure rhythm and pulse. Velez and Colter will be joined by percussionists Shane Shanahan and Yousif Sheronick.

Ta Ka Di Mi Project

Friday, January 7, 8 p.m.

Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street)

Tickets: $30/$20 Students + Seniors

To purchase tickets, click here or call 212.864.5400

Maplewood’s Snow Mermaid

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 30, 2010 12:56pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Maplewood’s Kate Chew put the plethora of snow to creative use outside her home on Oakview Avenue by sculpting this lovely mermaid.

Has anyone found interesting snow sculptures in their part of Baristaville? Send photos to tips@baristanet.com and we’ll add them to the post.

Photo by Joy Yagid.

End of Year Charitable Giving

Thursday, Dec 30, 2010 11:12am  |  COMMENTS (0)

This is the week I traditionally sit down in a quiet place and one-by-one make out checks to the charities I support. My husband and I discuss and decide on the final amounts for the larger gifts we make. For the smaller requests that come across my desk or his, we use our individual discretion.

Since we have been making end of the year charitable contributions for all 27 years of our marriage, I think it qualifies as a ritual. It is one we both take pride in and which brings us closer together as a couple. Continue Reading

DeCamp Down a Favorite Driver, Still No Contract Agreement

Thursday, Dec 30, 2010 9:16am  |  COMMENTS (4)

Riders of the #66 DeCamp Bus Line between West Caldwell and New York City might notice as the holidays wind down, that the route will be missing a very familiar face. Driver Michele Oleschuk stepped down last Friday, Dec. 24, after working at DeCamp for the past 26 years. Continue Reading

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