Generators Stolen Day After Hurricane

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011 3:20pm  |  COMMENTS (10)

Who would steal two generators from the back of a pickup truck the day after a hurricane? That’s what Bob Silver, developer of Hillside Square and Academy Square in Montclair, wants to know. And if you watch this video, and recognize the car, please report it to the Montclair police.

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Gaslamp Fire Under Control in South Orange

Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011 2:17pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Breaking News Network reported a “gas main break” at Centre St and Irving Ave in South Orange at 12:38 p.m. today, with the fire department reporting a ruptured natural gas line and a broken shut-off valve. When Carolyn Maynard-Parisi got to the scene the situation was under control. PSE&G workers told her the gas lamp had caught fire and they pried off shade which had melted on.

Local Post-Irene Attention Turns to Catskill Region

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

We’ve all been dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Irene on a local level, but for some in our community, the concern extends over the New York border, into the Catskill Region.

While clearly beyond the usual coverage of Baristanet, we’ve received numerous emails about stranded friends, lost vacation homes, washed away summer camp structures and general sadness for the extensive losses incurred by the residents of the upstate towns.

A Baristanet reader who has a home in Phoenicia decided at the last minute not to head up there on Friday, before the storm. She told us this:

News coverage has been shockingly poor about Irene’s effect on upstate NY. I have friends stranded in the Catskills who cannot go anywhere as bridges and roads have disappeared. It is really ugly, several people have died already. I know of people whose homes have been swept away.

We have friends and neighbors we can’t get in touch with – power and phones are still down in most of the area. The after-effects are going to be really tough as it is poor and rural and so sad that the damage is so extensive. The evacuation orders were non-existent.

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Hello, Devon Lonergan!

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

A big Baristanet welcome to Devon Russell Lonergan, born at 1:08 a.m. this morning at Englewood Hospital to Baristanet friend Tom Lonergan and his wife Judith. Lonergan, the executive director of the Montclair Business Improvement District, is well known and loved all around town, even if he is leaving us in October to take a job in Gaithersburg, Md. Devon, as Lonergan told his Facebook friends, is “8 Pounds, 2 Oz of pure Irish/Jamaican perfection.” Many congratulations!

Bill Colgan, Metro Real Estate: Revitalizing Bloomfield’s Downtown

Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (21)

Last week marked a major milestone in the redevelopment of Bloomfield’s downtown: we began demolition at the future site of the Glenwood Village project. Almost ten years in the making, Bloomfield residents are now going to see visible progress in our mission to remake the downtown into an attraction for families, fine dining, and modern retail space that will anchor the area for years to come. Though the naysayers claimed it would never get done, this effort demonstrates that public/private partnerships can work. At every level of government – from Mayor McCarthy and the Bloomfield Council, to Congressman Pascrell at the federal level – we came together to make sure this vision for Bloomfield’s downtown came to fruition.

Let’s run down some specifics of the project. Glenwood Village will include 224 residential apartments, 50,000 ft2 of retail space, 10,000 ft2 of fine dining, and a 439 space parking garage owned by the Bloomfield Parking Authority, all of which will be encompassed in a five-story building with the residential units located above the retail and restaurant storefronts. Because of the NJ Transit stop located directly adjacent to Glenwood Village, we were able to secure “transit village

status for the community. This means increased investment in Bloomfield and an improved quality of life as more people choose mass transportation over their cars. Continue Reading

The Irene Disruption: Day 4

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011 9:13am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Stephen Orel, working by candlelight in Millburn.

Mista Barista came home yesterday with a borrowed generator from work, and very proudly cranked it up, plugged in some extension cords, and brought several lamps from the living room to the kitchen, where I was cooking chicken breasts on the gas stove. I’d just tossed almost everything from the freezer and fridge, but the chicken, which had been in the freezer, was refrigerator cold. I practically did a Snoopy dance — cooking on the stove with real electric lights in the kitchen — and then 20 minutes later, electricity came back to our street for real.

“Woohoo — just got power!” I wrote on Facebook. Quickly the FB  “likes” piled up — 24 so far — but a friend of mine on Grove Street in Montclair said sadly, “I am still being told Sunday.”

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Montclair’s Bravest Still Pumping Basements Out

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 30, 2011 4:59pm  |  COMMENTS (67)

When Hurricane Irene slammed into Baristaville on Sunday, water began pouring into basements. Some people had French drains and sump pumps and electricity that remained on the whole time. Some had the sump pumps but no electricity. I had neither. (In my defense, I’ve never installed a drainage system because my basement has only flooded once before in 22 years.)

Plus I had an electrical wire down in the back yard, a husband covering the storm in New York City and responsibility for reporting the local hurricane story on Baristanet. My whole street was out of power, and I was more frantic about not getting the internet than anything else — but by the middle of the afternoon, with generators cranking all around me, and my neighbors deep in the mucky business of pumping their basements out, it dawned on me that I should be doing something to remediate the six inches of standing water. “Call the police,” one neighbor said. “Ask them to send the fire department to pump you out.” So I did.

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New Baristaville Restos: Taqueria Autentica, Acappello, Grid Iron Waffle

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 30, 2011 1:49pm  |  COMMENTS (16)

Lots of new restaurant news. Opening tomorrow at 1035 Broad Street in Bloomfield, near Stamna, is Taquería Auténtica, the restaurant version of the food truck that made its debut at the Montclair Farmer’s Market in 2009.

“Bloomfield just felt right,” said owner Michael Natiello. “My family has lived in Bloomfield for almost ten years, and we watched the culinary landscape evolve. The Orange Squirrel, Bar Cara and Stamna have demonstrated that Bloomfield can be a dining destination just like Montclair.”

Coming in September: Acappello, Montclair center’s newest Italian restaurant, will open its doors on Sept. 26  in the space formerly occupied by Sesame at 398 Bloomfield Avenue.

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Post-Irene Updates: Trash in Montclair, Showers in Maplewood, Water in Millburn

Tuesday, Aug 30, 2011 1:04pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

UPDATE: Residents of Montclair without power have been welcomed to come to the council chambers, 205 Claremont Ave., today until 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to cool off, recharge electrical devices and have a snack. The Salvation Army, 13 Trinity Place, is offering showering facilities, a coffee shop and comfortable lobby area between from 4:30 and 8:30 p.m. today and Wednesday. Residents of Glen Ridge are invited to use the Community Center/Train Station for computer use and gadget recharging until midnight tonight (Tuesday).

Montclair has scheduled a special, by-appointment-only trash pick-up for storm-damaged items for this Saturday. Please call 973-509-5711 no later than Friday, September 2, 12:00 noon to schedule a pickup. More details about disposing of storm trash are posted on the town website.

Meanwhile, Maplewood has announced this its town pool will be open today until 7:45 p.m. and will offer its showering facilities to all township residents.

This just in from Millburn: from 2:30 to 8 p.m. tonight, residents can go to South Mountain School for bottled water. There was also be some Red Cross flood clean-up kits available.

A Look at Notable Baristaville-Area Properties

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 30, 2011 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (9)

Hurricane Irene wiped out the open house scene on Sunday, but it’s always time to daydream about moving to a new house. Here’s a roundup of some interesting houses on the market.

23 Orchard St., Bloomfield

List Price: $250,000

Taxes: $10,584

Acreage: 0.16 Acres

4BR/2BA

This 10-room Colonial/Victorian stands out primarily due to its architectural detailing, much of which remains intact. The circa 1919 house has features most often seen in houses three times its cost, notably three (nonworking) fireplaces, including the original brick hearth in the kitchen, which serves as a focal point. Two of them can be restored to working order. The kitchen, which has newer appliances, also has its original large walk-in pantry; the space “could lend itself to making the kitchen larger, without much effort,” according to realtor Joanna Radecki.  Continue Reading

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