Me and Teresa

BY  |  Sunday, Jul 31, 2011 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (84)

I thought I was in pretty good shape and all, from years of running road races and marathons, but nothing prepared me for the endurance sport known as “Waiting on Line for More Than Two Hours to Get a Damn Book Signed.”

Of course, it didn’t help that I was wearing three-inch white wedge sandals instead of my more comfortable running shoes. But, I wanted to look my best, as I was meeting Teresa Giudice from Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey. She and her husband, Joe, were making an appearance at Di Paolo’s Bakery in Verona and Teresa was signing copies of her latest Italian cookbook, Fabulicious (2011: Running Press. $20). Continue Reading

Tigger Returns

BY  |  Saturday, Jul 30, 2011 1:37pm  |  COMMENTS (22)

Earlier this week, we posted an alert about a runaway Bengel cat named Tigger.

After being gone for days, he found his way home. Some of you speculated that he was at one of the popular cat poker games that take place in secret locations around Baristaville. While we’ll never know the whole story, here’s what his human friend Frances thinks.

Tigger is back home. He announced his return by scratching on the kitchen door late Thursday night. As he is normally a resident of Verona, we had assumed that he was trying to find his way back there and had just about given up hope of seeing him again. Our son kept the faith though and speculates that Tigger, being an avid Jet’s fan, decided that the end of the football strike and the prospect of cozy Sunday’s watching his team was preferable to life in the wild.

Thanks to all of our neighbors on North Mountain Avenue and to the readers of Baristanet for their concern and willingness to help find Tigger.

Where does your pet long to get to, and what would he/she come back home for.

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, July 31

BY  |  Saturday, Jul 30, 2011 9:50am  |  COMMENTS (4)

Baristaville’s last open house weekend of July is going out with a little bit of a whimper – just 78 properties are showing. Sixteen of them are priced at $299,000 or less. Other price segments are active as well, but not to such an extent. New listings are plentiful at various price points. Here are three.

2-4 Essex Terr., West Orange

List Price: $524,900

Taxes: $20,139

Lot Size: 1.06 Acres


A rare Baristaville property on over an acre, this 13-room Contemporary, a new listing, has numerous attributes. Among them: New York City views in the winter, a modern kitchen with a butler’s pantry, many oversized windows, cherry floors, a library, central air, an enclosed porch, built-ins and an updated bathroom in the master suite. A finished, full, walkout basement and two car oversized garage round out this property. The house was constructed in 1952 and renovated last year. Open house 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

Elevation Burger Celebrates Two Years In Baristaville

Saturday, Jul 30, 2011 8:28am  |  COMMENTS (6)

Balloons! We Got Balloons At Elevation Burger!

Elevation Burger Montclair celebrated its 2nd birthday on Thursday — and the special guests of honor were the patrons. In addition to the regular menu, a one day special menu (burger with huge selctions of topping options, fries and fountain drink for one special birthday price) and The Mad Hatter Balloon Show added to the fun for all.

Elevation Burger is committed to sustainability. The burgers are ground on site from organic free-range grass-fed beef. Fries are cooked in heart healthy olive oil. Decor features sustainable material including bamboo. The used cooking oil is even converted into bio-diesel. And while the restaurant has a bus stop in front, and is within walking distance for many in Montclair, there is free parking in back for those who chose less sustainable forms of transportation.

Elevation Burger started with one restaurant in 2002, franchises started in 2008. Locally owners Matt Jerkovich and Brian Edger opened Elevation Burger in 2009 and quickly became known for its fundraiser nights in which a percentage of sales are donated to a local charity or group. Elevation Montclair has raised funds for the Montclair-Nutley-Glen Ridge Chapter of the Red Cross, Project Graduation, The YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign among several others. Happy Birthday Elevation Burger.

Black Out Inspires Community Activism in GR

BY  |  Friday, Jul 29, 2011 4:36pm  |  COMMENTS (12)

The record-setting heat wave that caused widespread power outages all over Baristaville a few weeks back was the last straw for residents of an area in the South End of Glen Ridge.

Their fourth incident during that heat wave, patience ran out and a local activist movement was born. Taking the lead, Adam and Annie Pockriss drafted a letter to Mayor Peter Hughes, which was signed by 20 households and delivered to the Municipal Building today. In their letter, the Pokrisses pointed out that PSE&G workers had confirmed that the section of the power grid that services the neighborhood is in dire need of upgrading or replacement.

“I wanted to be sure that an official complaint was registered, so that it’s on the record that people are unhappy,” Adam Pockriss told Baristanet. “Sometimes you just have to make a little noise, in order to bring attention to a problem.” Continue Reading

Four Watch Robbery and Robbery by Air-Conditioner Removal in Montclair

Friday, Jul 29, 2011 3:57pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

This just in from the Montclair Police:


On 7/27/11 at approximately 2:10 PM, police responded to a single-family residence on Virginia Avenue on a report of a burglary. The victim told police that she had left the house on that date at 10:30 AM. When she returned a little over three hours later, she discovered that a screen had been removed from a window on the porch and the window had been opened.

The victim then checked the residence and discovered that four watches had been stolen from a jewelry box on a second floor bedroom. The victim could only say that one of the watches was a Bulova brand watch. Police later spoke to a neighbor who stated that at approximately 11:00 AM on that date, two individuals had rung her doorbell, asking “Is Aaron here?” The neighbor replied that no one by that name lived there and the males walked west on Virginia Avenue. The pair were described as black males in their late teens to early twenties and both last seen wearing blue jeans. One of the individuals was also last seen wearing a blue shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Terence Turner at 973-509-4724.


On 7/28/11 at approximately 11:45 PM, police responded to a single-family residence on Tichenor Place on a report of a burglary that had occurred. The victim told police that sometime between 8:00 AM and 11:00 PM on that date, someone had entered his residence. It appeared that entry to the residence was gained by removing an air conditioner from a first floor window. A chair was found outside the residence under this window, and it is assumed that the suspect used the chair to climb through the window.

It was reported that a Playstation 3 valued at $300, two wireless remote controls valued at $50 each, six bottles of cologne valued at a total of $300, and $2,220 in cash was stolen from the residence. There are no suspects at this time.

Anyone with further information is asked to contact Detective Ray Gulbin at 973-509-4739. Continue Reading

Sex and Death in Baristaville

BY  |  Friday, Jul 29, 2011 2:51pm  |  COMMENTS (11)

Have you witnessed large flying insects playing out a WWF-style battle to the death lately?

It’s throw down time Cicada vs. Cicada Killer or Cicada Wasp. Yep, these giant insect battles are going on all over Baristaville  and they can be quite noisy and — depending upon what floats your boat — quite entertaining.

I believe the fight goes something like this:

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Long Goodbye For Montclair’s Cafe Eclectic

BY  |  Friday, Jul 29, 2011 12:45pm  |  COMMENTS (56)

Since 1997, Cafe Eclectic has made itself part of the fabric of Montclair, but after almost 15 years in business, the funky cafe — meeting place — art gallery — puppet exhibit — au pair hangout will close at the end of this year.

“The landlord wants us out,” says owner Julio Valentin. The current owner of the building, Dominic Restaino, also owns Cuban Pete’s and other space along Bloomfield Ave.; Restaino bought the building from Valentin’s previous landlord. Valentin did not want to talk about Restaino, but suggested that he had other plans for the space.

Valentin, who opened the cafe after working as a police officer in Newark, is sad to see the business close. “I thought we’d be here forever.” Continue Reading

Concerned Citizens of Montclair: Q&A for the Election Date Issue

Friday, Jul 29, 2011 11:12am  |  COMMENTS (26)

This is the latest installment in a series of opinion-editorials about the Montclair municipal government, by the Concerned Citizens of Montclair.

What is the “election date” issue?

Montclair has a non-partisan form of local government as defined in state law. As such, it is required to hold municipal elections in May, presumably to protect and separate local elections from partisan November activity. In 2010, NJ law changed -— communities with our form of government were given the option of moving local elections from May to November. This has the one-time effect of extending the four-year term of the sitting governing body (Township Council) by six months. Any community making this change must wait at least ten years before being able to move it back.

Of the 50+ NJ communities eligible to make this change, we believe roughly a dozen have done so over the past 18 months. Continue Reading

Sunday Liquor at the Glen Ridge Pharmacy

BY  |  Friday, Jul 29, 2011 10:28am  |  COMMENTS (3)

Last Sunday, I was headed to a BBQ and wanted to bring a bottle of something to mix into a festive adult drink. In the past, there haven’t been many options for purchasing this type of item — or any item, for that matter — in Glen Ridge.

As of a few weeks ago, however, the newly-renovated Glen Ridge Pharmacy and Surgical on Bloomfield Avenue decided to extend its operation to seven days of the week for the non-medical inventory (pharmacy hours on Sunday may soon be added as well). As it turns out, they now boast quite a nice selection of wines and spirits in the store-within-a-store, Glen Ridge Liquor.

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The cops don't need to be everywhere at once, the penalties need to be harsh. It is not hyperbole JC. No one is slowing down for a few hundred bucks. 5k or 10k and you can be sure that "speed won't be creeping up" on folks.

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