Favorite Things Around $30 or Less – Montclair’s So. Fullerton Ave.

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 30, 2011 3:51pm  |  COMMENTS (32)

Have you ever heard this? “Wow, thank you, I love it. It is just the right color and size, I’m sure I will use it all of the time, really it is just perfect — really perfect….did you save the receipt?” Well that is what you get for shopping at Crap-Mart. Now, if you are going tell me downtown Montclair is not beautiful or that nothing is affordable, I will tell you that is simply not true. South Fullerton is full of gorgeous little shops with lovely, friendly, knowledgeable owners with all kinds of QUALITY gift items for around $30 and I have done the legwork for you ( after visiting these stores half of my holiday shopping is done). All I ask for is one box of THE BEST TRUFFLES IN THE WORLD and you don’t even have to wrap them for me. Continue Reading

Tricky Tray or Bloomfield’s Bukowski Shelter for Animals Tomorrow (12/1)

Wednesday, Nov 30, 2011 3:17pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Township of Bloomfield John A. Bukowski Shelter for Animals is holding its second annual Tricky Tray tomorrow, Thursday, December 1 at The Chandelier, 340 Franklin Avenue, Belleville, from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Tickets are $45 each, and include dinner (served at 7 p.m.) and valet parking. There will be a full service cash bar; soda, coffee and tea are included with the ticket price. All proceeds benefit the NTNN Animal Support Fund for the animal shelter.
There will be about 300 prizes available, including an iPad2, a Wii system, two Denali bicycles (one mountain, one street), two Keurig brewing machines, and a flat screen TV. The prize tickets are priced as follows: Continue Reading

Two Cats–One Missing, One Found

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 30, 2011 2:51pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

A family from Montclair living on Gates Avenue, near Harrison and Fullerton, reported that their cat, Jelly Bean, has been missing since November 24. He is a two-year-old grey tabby with a purple collar.

A reader from Bloomfield writes that a calico cat has been found wandering in the vicinity of Friendly’s, in the Brookdale section. The cat is very timid and appears that she is not used to being outside. (No photo at this time, sorry).

If you know anything about either of these cats, please email pets@baristanet.com.

Acappello Sings to Your Tastebuds

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 30, 2011 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (13)

First cousins Dardan Mati, Ben Husenaj and Naz Husenaj were singing a familiar business reprise when they opened Acappello on Bloomfield Ave a month ago. The restaurant, named with a nod to the Wellmont Theater next door, is their fifth restaurant in New Jersey, following Cara Mia in Millburn, La Campagna in Morristown, La Catena in Bridgewater and La Catena 22 in Roselle Park. Continue Reading

Free Parking in Bloomfield

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 30, 2011 12:04pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Bloomfield parking meters were bagged on Monday and will remain so until January 2. It seemed early to me to see free parking even before December, but Bloomfield Parking Authority executive director Karen Hochman says the free holiday parking always rolls out around this time.

Montclair will bag meters between Dec. 9 and Dec. 26. Both towns warn shoppers that they’ll strictly enforce two-hour limits. Continue Reading

Silent Protest on Gray Street

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 30, 2011 10:59am  |  COMMENTS (25)

The anti-PSE&G banners are waving from houses on Gray Street, and a spray painted message greets visitors turning onto the street from Glen Ridge: “NJSA 48:3 PSE&G IS NOT ABOVE THE LAW. SHOW FINAL PLAN [illegible] OR LEAVE.” Residents were tipped that PSE&G trucks would show up today — and they did — but workers say they are just there to fix a gas leak. Indeed, a strong gas smell did permeate the air on the Montclair side of the street. Continue Reading

NJ v. Black Bears, Millburn v. Deer

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 30, 2011 8:56am  |  COMMENTS (10)

A six-day bear hunt is set to start Monday in New Jersey, but anti-hunt activists made their case against the hunt in an appeals court yesterday — and the panel is expected to make its decision prior to Monday.

Doris Lin, attorney for the Animal Protection League of New Jersey, who made the argument, told us that it wasn’t an 11th hour plea. Her group had actually filed its challenge of NJ’s black bear plan last year, and didn’t get heard until yesterday. Continue Reading

$5 Feline Adoption Event at MTAS, December 3 and 4

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

The Montclair Township Animal Shelter will present its special “$5 Felines” adoption event on Saturday and Sunday, December 3 and 4, between 2 and 4 p.m. Continue Reading

First Night 2012

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011 3:15pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

bubble mania

First Night Montclair 2012 will be a scaled down version of celebrations past, but plenty of fun both for kids and grownups.

Montclair Recreation and Cultural Affairs director Pat Brechka says First Night had to be scaled back, because “not as much sponsorship money is coming in.” The First Night 2012 website with event info will be updated fully next week, Brechka says.

Events for kids will run between 5-9 p.m. and will include Wild ‘n Wacky, Bubble Mania, Basketball Wizard, a ventriloquist and magician Joe Fischer. Programs geared to adults will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will include a performance by Warren Zanes (who is working with Steve Van Zandt to teach rock history to kids), Andy McKee, Zara Phillips, Client No. 9, the TNT Ramblers, salsa dancing with AfroCuba and a comedian to be named later.

Venues will be Hillside School, The Salvation Army, the Unitarian Church and the Evangelical Covenant Church. Terry’s Serendipity Cafe, a program for teens with an open mike will be held at the Montclair Public Library. The cost for kids (age 3-17) is $5, adults is $15, but $20 for adults who purchase on the day of the event.

First Night Maplewood/South Orange has its list of performers online, with events taking place at South Orange Middle School and Flood’s Hill.

Braving New Food At Montclair’s Adara

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

amuse-bouche tilapia noodle ceviche

I’ve wanted to go to the six-week old Adara in Montclair since I first read about it on Baristanet. The menu looked friendly enough to a pseudo-vegetarian with fish eating tendencies, and despite the teasing given to its molecular gastronomy techniques early on (“spray-on shrimp cocktail?”), or perhaps because of it, I decided that I had to make a visit.

I had two fears about eating at Adara: that it would be snooty and that the food would come in thimbleful portions. Neither fear materialized. Our server was friendly and informative, and Adara’s atmosphere is inviting and warm. Both my husband and I left Adara satisfied and happy – in fact we barely touched the coconut-crusted chocolate truffles that came with our bill. Continue Reading

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