Break-In and Sexual Assault on Pine Street; Paint Ball Attacks

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A woman living on Pine Street on Montclair told Montclair police early Friday morning that a man invaded her home, demanded money, sexually assaulted her, duct-taped her mouth, then took two computers before fleeing. Continue Reading

Artist Emily Konopinski: Solo Show at Arts Unbound

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Baristaville artist and filmmaker Emily Konopinski has seen a lot of life and had her share of struggles since she graduated MSU and served in the United States Air Force. She has learned to live with the symptoms of Lupus and has blossomed into a prolific artist. Konopinski’s solo show, Continental Divide: Drawings, Paintings and Other Marks, will open on Saturday, June 4 at the Arts Unbound gallery in the Valley Arts District.

While serving in the United States Air Force, Emily was diagnosed with systemic Lupus. She took up painting and sculpture as a way of managing the loss of fine motor skills, memory and focus. Continue Reading

Huge Yard Sale to Benefit Cat Sanctuary, June 4 and 5

BY  |  Tuesday, May 31, 2011 1:59pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

A huge yard sale will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5, to benefit A Purrfect World Cat Sanctuary at 60 Newark Avenue, Bloomfield, on the corner of Baldwin Place (entrance is the driveway on Baldwin), from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.

The sale will feature nearly 30 tables of merchandise, including clothing racks, bookcases and ground tarps chock full of stuff. Highlights include vintage jewelry and a circa 1919 five-piece wooden bedroom set. Donations were provided by more than 100 families. Early birds are discouraged since organizers will be busy setting up.

NJ Libertarians File Complaint Against 21 Montclair Officials

BY  |  Tuesday, May 31, 2011 1:46pm  |  COMMENTS (21)

John Paff, Chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party‘s Open Government Advocacy Project filed a complaint against 21 elected and appointed Montclair government officials today. In a letter addressed to Thomas H. Neff, Chairman of the state’s Local Finance Board, Paff claimed that the officials failed to file their Financial Disclosure Statements by the April 30 deadline. The forms have several questions dealing with real estate holdings and asks for details about sources of income within a family.

“This information allows citizens to detect any conflicts of interest,” Paff told Baristanet. Basically, it’s about full disclosure.

Paff said that the officials had all received multiple reminders about the deadline to complete the forms, and yet they still were not filed. “Whether or not they like the law, which has been on the books since 1990, not filing suggests a cavalier disregard for it,” he explained. “If they don’t want to file, they shouldn’t take the job. It’s not OK to disobey.”

According to Paff, the violation could result in fines ranging from $100 to $500 per person. Continue Reading

Goodbye, semplice

BY  |  Tuesday, May 31, 2011 1:08pm  |  COMMENTS (8)

It’s always sad to get news that one our unique downtown stores is going out of business. It’s especially sad to hear we’re losing that cool oasis of chic furnishings and accessories at the corner Bloomfield Ave. and Glenridge Ave. in Montclair, where semplice home resided. Not just because of its simple elegance, but because owner Kelly DelRosso has worked so tirelessly on behalf of local retail as the creator of Shop Local Montclair.

Undoubtedly, DelRosso, who’s a master graphic designer as well as grassroots organizer, will stay busy — even without a bricks-and-mortar store. As she said in an email to customers, “Our next chapter begins. Stay tuned.”

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Wheeler Antabanez Hits High Speeds

BY  |  Tuesday, May 31, 2011 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Did you get any “out on the water” time this past weekend? You know Wheeler Antabanez did, and it was fast and furious.

Blazing through the Great Piece meadows from Kriegers to the mouth of the Rockaway, he hopped a ride with Frank Verrone on his high performance jet boat. Hold on tight and watch as they hit 40 mph around tight corners and deadly obstructions.

Can you feel the breeze?

Hacking Away at Two Hundred Thou of College Debt

BY  |  Tuesday, May 31, 2011 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (88)

To some she’s just a suburban kid asking for a handout. But Kelli Space, who graduated from Bloomfield High School in 2005 and from Northeastern University in 2009, sees herself more as an evangelist for awareness about the crushing burden of college debt.

Last June, Space set up a Tumblr site called “Two Hundred Thou,” asking people for donations to help her pay down her $200,000 college loans. Nothing much happened until she reached out to Gawker last November. Since the Gawker write-up she’s raised $10,430, which she’s applied straight to her debt, and attracted the attention of EduLender, a website that serves the college loan community, and which asked if they could host her site. That’s where “Two Hundred Thou” now lives.

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Rare Marilyn Monroe Photos Discovered in Flooded Wayne Studio

BY  |  Tuesday, May 31, 2011 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

A Wayne photographer recently rediscovered some rare photos of Marilyn Monroe and Jane Mansfield while cleaning up his flooded studio. Read the story here.

Would you pay big bucks for them at an auction? Anyone want to guess their value?

Photo from Wikipedia.

A Tennis Match Made in Baristaville

BY  |  Tuesday, May 31, 2011 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (7)

Megan Howard and José Funes make their living by hooking up people who are searching for tennis partners.  But this tennis-centric couple who are business as well as life partners found each other from a different sort of match – Match.com.

“It was our mutual appreciation for Lucinda Williams and poker that brought us together,” said Howard, a writer and editor.  The two have been an item since 2006.

Funes is a fixture around South Orange, having taught tennis to legions of children, teens and adults of all levels for over a dozen years. 

Frequently, his students would ask if he could match them with other players of similar abilities. “This area has a large and active tennis community,” he said, “but other than relying on spouses and friends, it can be hard to find partners at their own level.” Continue Reading

Memorial Day Parade in Maplewood

BY  |  Monday, May 30, 2011 4:22pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The day started out with a thunderstorm but the weather cleared in time for the start of Maplewood’s annual Memorial Day Parade. The parade kicked off at 9am with Maplewood’s finest leading the way down Maplewood Avenue. Veterans, the township committee, and almost every boy and girl scout followed behind them. They were greeted by an enthusiastic crowd cheering and clapping them on. A few of the bystanders came out to say thank you and to shake the veterans’ hands.

Also in the line of march, was the first aid squad, the fire department and the original 1966 Bat Mobile.

The parade ended at the municipal building where the names of the dead were remembered and a wreath was laid at the memorial. The Columbia High School Band played each of the armed forces’ anthems followed by a single trumpet playing ‘Taps’.

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