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

Millburn Middle School Spring Chorus Concert

BY  |  Tuesday, May 31, 2011 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The annual Millburn Middle School Spring  Concert will entertain on Wednesday, June 1 with a varied program of showtunes, choral classics, popular selections, and songs from around the world.

Six groups of chorus students will show of their talent and range with favorite tunes such as, Edelweiss from The Sound of Music, the Johnny Mercer hit Accentuate the Positive, a medley from Fiddler on the Roof, foreign language songs from around the world, Josh Grobin’s You Raise Me Up, and much more.

The program will end with all of the singers united. Over two hundred voices are combining to sing a selection entitled Omnia Sol (Let Your Heart Be Staid), an inspirational song which celebrates friendships made and the lasting effects they have, a recognition of the end to the school year.

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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.”

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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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Sun Safety Tips

BY  |  Tuesday, May 31, 2011 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

I’m willing to place bets that many of you spent time at a pool this weekend. Even if you didn’t, if you had the kids outside, they needed sunscreen.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has offered some tips on protecting your children from the sun:

Follow these simple rules to protect your family from sunburns now and from skin cancer later in life:

  • Keep babies younger than 6 months out of direct sunlight. Find shade under a tree, umbrella, or the stroller canopy.
  • When possible, dress yourself and your kids in cool, comfortable clothing that covers the body, like lightweight cotton pants, long-sleeved shirts, and hats.  
  • Select clothes made with a tight weave – they protect better than clothes with a looser weave. If you’re not sure how tight a fabric’s weave is, hold it up to see how much light shines through. The less light, the better.
  • Wear a hat or cap with a brim that faces forward to shield the face.
  • Limit your sun exposure between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, when UV rays are strongest.
  • Wear sunglasses with at least 99% UV protection (look for child-sized sunglasses with UV protection for your child).
  • Use sunscreen.
  • Set a good example. You can be the best teacher by practicing sun protection yourself. Teach all members of your family how to protect their skin and eyes. 

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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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Banishing the Princesses

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Every morning for quite some time now my daughter leaps from her toddler bed declaring, “I want to dress like a ballerina today!” I’m still a little hazy on what constitutes dressing like a ballerina. Almost always it means stockings and some sort of skirt or dress. But often leggings (ballet pants, to use her term) will do.

We live, breathe and yes, even eat ballerina.

“Is this a ballerina breakfast?” she asks regarding her Puffins with a certain scrutiny.

Of course, Sweet-ums. Eat up.

And then I raise my coffee mug in silent celebration for we are embarking on a new day where ballerinas rule the roost and The Princesses are nowhere to be seen.

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De Camp and the councilman missed the bus on this one.

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