Have You Seen Spike?

BY  |  Saturday, Apr 30, 2011 9:08pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

Spike is a medium size black and brown short-haired dog who went missing a few days ago in Cedar Grove. The house is close to the Montclair border so there’s a chance he may turn up in your area. Spike is 15 and can’t hear very well so please keep an eye out and try to help him get home.

If you find Spike, or think you’ve seen him, contact his family

Postcard from London: Hyde Park

BY  |  Saturday, Apr 30, 2011 11:49am  |  COMMENTS (5)

For those who wanted the quintessential Royal Wedding experience, there were two choices: the parade route (which required camping out or showing up in the middle of the night) or seeing it on big screens at Hyde Park. I chose Hyde Park and wasn’t disappointed. It had everything good about crowds, and none of the bad, plus a ferris wheel. And the dress-up party in red, white and blue made it feel like Halloween crossed with Fourth of July.

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, May 1

BY  |  Saturday, Apr 30, 2011 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

With Passover and Easter over and good weather beckoning, area homeowners – over 200 of them – are beginning the month of May optimistically. Deals are as plentiful as ever.

59 Stewart Pl., South Orange

List Price: $429,900

Taxes: $12,871

Lot Size: 0.15 Acres


This 11-room Colonial, built in 1970 and renovated in 2005, has numerous attributes, including large windows, high ceilings, an enclosed porch, central air, a wood burning fireplace in the living room and an updated kitchen. There is a partially-finished full basement and two-car attached garage as well. Open house 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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Montclair Doctor Indicted In Oxycodone Ring

BY  |  Saturday, Apr 30, 2011 9:09am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Dr. Michael Durante, 56, of Montclair, was one of a dozen people indicted by a grand jury in Newark this week on charges of conspiring to distribute prescription painkiller oxycodone, reports ABC News. Durante practiced in Nutley; the ring is charged with selling pills on the street, bring in as much as $315,000 a month.

Durante was charged along with Andre Domando, 46, of Nutley; Lawrence J. Gebo, 62, Tristen M. Ambrosino, 27, and Daniel J. Lally, 28, of Belleville; Matin P. Rinaldi, 63, and Marianna Colucci, 56, of Bloomfield; Michael P. Scherer, 51, of Montclair; Melvin Fernandez, 27, Gregory Gavini, 33, and Brian J. Renkart, 39, of Harrison; and Michael J. Corrao, 22, of Allendale.

Gebo, a retired Newark police officer, is charged with swapping pills for gold Fraternal Order of Police cards.

Name that Royal Cocktail

BY  |  Friday, Apr 29, 2011 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (36)

Fancy a cocktail to get you dancing on the ceiling like Fred Astaire?  Feeling a bit knackered from all of this wedding hub bub? If you are staying in and not  “on the p*ss” this weekend here is a brilliant  British inspired cocktail to pour in your gob. Warning: these are absolutely smashing. One, will have you pleased as punch. Two, you will feel completely mental. Three, you will be barking mad and after four you’ll be pulling a tactical chunder in the hedge or as I like to call it a “T.C”.

Now what shall we call this Gin and Pimm’s scrumptiousness? Continue Reading

Montclair Police Blotter: Armed Robbery Arrest, Stolen Wine and Vodka

Friday, Apr 29, 2011 2:20pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

Armed Robbery Arrest

On 3/31/11 at approximately 11:10 PM, police responded to an apartment building on Elm Street on a report of a robbery. The victim, a twenty-three year old Montclair resident, stated that he was outside his building using his cell phone when he was approached by a male who demanded his money. The victim attempted to run into the building, but the suspect followed him into the building and forced the victim into a corner at the bottom of the staircase. The victim then displayed a large knife and again demanded that he victim give him his money. The victim attempted to defend himself and suffered a cut on his left hand from the knife.

The victim stated that he pushed past the suspect and ran out of the building into the complex’s courtyard, but was followed by the suspect. After a brief pursuit, the suspect abandoned the chase and was last seen by the victim running east bound on Elmwood Street.

The knife was described as having a black handle with a blade of approximately five inches in length. The victim reported that approximately $30 was taken from him by the suspect. The victim was transported to Mountainside Hospital for medical attention.

As a result of an ongoing investigation, police identified Kaili Richardson as the suspect in this incident. Richardson was taken into custody on 4/28/11 at approximately 4:50 PM from the Glen Ridge Police Department, who had arrested Richardson on that date. Richardson, 29, of Montclair, was charged with robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. Bail is set at $150,000 and Richardson is scheduled to be transported to the Essex County Jail.

Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Charles Cunningham at 973-509-4716. Continue Reading

Glen Ridge Introduces Freecycling Program

BY  |  Friday, Apr 29, 2011 1:43pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Glen Ridge residents can help Go Glen Ridge Green by participating in the borough’s first Freecycle Day on May 4, 2011. Freecycling allows residents to give away usable but unwanted items to others instead of disposing of them. Participation not only aids in waste reduction, it can be a great cost saver for those searching for the ultimate bargain.

Find out more here.

Got Drugs?

BY  |  Friday, Apr 29, 2011 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

This Saturday, April 30 is a great time to clean out your medicine cabinets and bring expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs to the local police between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The program is part of a nationwide effort by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

The Partnership for a Drug Free America reports that each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet. In addition, it’s advised that usual methods of disposing unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Last September, Americans turned in over 242,000 pounds—121 tons—of prescription drugs at nearly 4,100 sites operated by more than 3,000 of the DEA’s state and local law enforcement partners.

There are drop off sites at police departments across Baristaville, including Bloomfield, the Caldwells, Cedar Grove, Glen Ridge, Maplewood, Millburn, Montclair and Verona. The service is free and anonymous; no questions asked.

For more information and to find additional collection sites, visit www.dea.gov, click on “Got Drugs?” and enter your zip code.

Amy Klein: Home Girl Rock Star

BY  |  Friday, Apr 29, 2011 11:04am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Rising rock star Amy Klein grew up in Glen Ridge, is a Montclair Kimberley Academy alum (’03) and a long time member of the Essex Youth Theater. She’s the only female in the NJ indie rock band Titus Andronicus. She plays violin and guitar and firmly believes that girls should learn how to make loud noise from an early age — and make no mistake, Titus Andronicus is high volume.

Klein credits growing up in Baristaville with putting her on the road to becoming a rock star. “I was encouraged to express myself creatively, and given lots of support and opportunities,” she told Baristanet in a telephone interview from Alabama (the band is currently touring the country). “The community puts a lot of value on the arts, and there are so many positive settings for young people to play that are alcohol and drug free.”

Klein’s first performance venue was the Serendipity Cafe in Montclair. Growing up, she crossed paths regularly with fellow Glen Ridge musician, Ezra Koenig, going to various music lessons and performance camps (Koenig’s band Vampire Weekend has been globally successful for the past several years). They shared a piano teacher. Klein said that the two have run into each other at music festivals around the country. “I found Ezra eating ice cream in the V.I.P. section of the Coachella festival in California,” she said. “It was just a funny coincidence, but so nice to have that Glen Ridge connection.” She also bumped into him in Denmark. Klein recalls sharing the stage with Koenig and his younger sister Emma as kids. “She made a very cute Lost Boy in Peter Pan, and now she’s a successful actress.”

Currently living in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, Klein is enjoying being a rising star, and spreads her love of music and girl power to others through the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls in NYC. She also has several other musical projects. You can read her musings and hear her music at amyklein.bandcamp.com and hillyeye.bandcamp.com.

Today, April 29, Amy and her band members celebrate their roots (the others are from Bergen County) and show the rest of the world the real New Jersey with a new video, shot in various locations around the state. Directed by Tom Scharpling (who lives in Woodbridge), “No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future” includes scenes from Asbury Park, Jersey City and Little Egg Harbor. Check it out and see if you recognize any of the settings.

When asked if Klein had a fan base here in Baristaville, she answered that her parents (still GR residents) were members. We suspect that there are more out there than just the two of them.

At any rate, Titus Andronicus has a growing following amongst the indie rock set, and we expect that Klein and the band will soon become household names. Hail NJ and long live rock and roll.

The 9th Annual Tour de Montclair, 5/15

BY  |  Friday, Apr 29, 2011 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Rain or Shine, Bike & Walk Montclair (BMW) will be hosting its 9th annual Tour de Montclair at Brookdale Park on Sunday, May 15.

BMW’s signature event is held each May during National Bike Month, in conjunction with May in Montclair. Last year, the family-friendly drew over 1,000 cyclists, and has grown into a regional celebration of active living. The 2011 theme -– Bikes and Feet on Every Street –- expresses BMW’s twin goals of encouraging people to bike and walk, and making the town’s streets more bike and pedestrian friendly. The event is staffed entirely by volunteers, and BMW invites anyone interested in helping make the day a success to join them. You’ll find more information here.

The tour will have three routes: a one-mile car-free loop within the park, a medium on-road route (8 miles) and a more challenging “long route” around Montclair (14 miles). Walkers can hoof the car-free paths in Brookdale Park and continue on a 4-mile route via the Lenape Trail (a blazed trail that links many attractions and neighborhoods) and the Upper Montclair shopping district.

Helmets and registration are mandatory. For more information and to register, click here. To find out more about being a BMW volunteer, click here.

Bike & Walk Montclair art by Lori Loebelsohn

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