Cooking Up Romance

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday — and area restaurants are offering special menus. Before the big day, you could work side by side with your sweetheart at a cooking class with molecular gastronomy chef Tre Goshal. Continue Reading

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Bloomfield Edition

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 2:25pm  |  COMMENTS (6)

Sure, it’s brave to go on a national quiz show and risk humiliation in front of a national television audience. You know what’s even braver? Inviting your colleagues, landlord and friends to the Town Pub to watch the show over pizza, even when you know how it’s going to turn out. Which is exactly what happened today, when Gsell’s episode aired at lunchtime. At the end his round, taped in the fall, he walked away with $1,000 — and several very nice mentions of his Field Station: Dinosaurs theme park, scheduled to open in May, by game show host Meredith Vieira. Continue Reading

The Extra Annoyance of Getting Ticketed in Front of MHS

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

Check one? Not on this ticket.

Think people were mad at the beginning of January, when the Montclair Police Department started issuing tickets because of new parking rules around Montclair High School? Guess what? Nobody’s figured out yet what the violation will set you back, so if you got one you can’t pay it online and can’t pay it at the counter at the police department. You have to actually show up in traffic court.

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Southern Belle Closes, Coal Pizza Coming

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 11:12am  |  COMMENTS (8)

All I know about coal oven pizza is that it’s hot — 900 F hot, and that it’s coming to Bloomfield Ave. in Montclair soon as Mancinni’s. Opening date is uncertain, as last-minute construction takes place and town permits are awaited.

The restaurant is on the site of the former bead store next to the former Cafe Eclectic. Montclair is also losing its other bead store, Montclair Beadworks on Church Street.  Continue Reading

Love Among the Shopping Carts

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 9:52am  |  COMMENTS (21)

UPDATE: The Book Doctors have selected cathar as the winner of our novel prompt contest.

It might have been the beginning of something big, but for the price check at Register 9. From NJ Craigslist:

We were on adjoining checkout lines at Shoprite, both with full baskets and a long wait on line. We were staring at each other often, even during the time you answered your phone and were chatting. I looked like we would finish our check-outs at the same time and I was going to discreetly approach you, but then my line got held up behind someone that that a problem item and you were gone by the time I got outside. Message me with which Shoprite.

Which Shoprite indeed? Novels have been written on lesser writing prompts. The best opening of a new novel wins a vintage Baristanet coffee mug from me and a referral to the Book Doctors at Pitchapalooza.

Bob Russo Spotted at Pals Cabin

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 8:58am  |  COMMENTS (30)

We had almost finished digesting the fact that Cary Africk will not be seeking reelection to the Montclair Council, when we ran into a prime beneficiary of the news at Pals Cabin last night — 2nd Warder Bob Russo, member of the Jackson-Murnick-McMahon-Russo slate.

Russo has picked up packages to run either for 2nd Ward or at-large, so Africk’s defection means that he could run in that slot without fear of going head-to-head with an incumbent. Continue Reading

Reduced Adoption Fees for Valentine’s Day … and More

BY  |  Monday, Jan 30, 2012 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Montclair Animal Shelter is offering an early Valentine’s Day gift for those looking for love: reduced adoption fees for one day only, on Saturday, February 4.

MTAS is once again partnering with Montclair Feed & Pet Supply to celebrate Valentine’s Day with reduced adoption fees on all dogs and cats during the in-store event. A number of the shelter’s adoptable pets will be on site at 191 Glenridge Avenue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with dog adoption fees reduced to $70 and cat fees to $50. The fee reductions will also apply to all adoptable pets at the shelter. The shelter will also open an hour earlier for the event on February 4, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

MTAS began on-site adoption events at Montclair Feed & Pet Supply at the beginning of 2012. On the first Saturday and last Sunday of each month, volunteers transport a number of the shelter’s adoptable pets to the store for display from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The shelter provides animal care, control, and pet adoption services to the townships of Montclair, Nutley, and Verona. Its regular hours are Tuesdays from 2 to 6 p.m.; and Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Off-hour and off-day visits are available by appointment. Montclair Feed & Pet Supply is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Africk Bows Out of Council Race

BY  |  Monday, Jan 30, 2012 12:47pm  |  COMMENTS (29)

There have been lots of rumors about political slates shifting over the weekend — none of it confirmed — but a big piece of news just came in by email in the past few minutes: 2nd Ward councilor Cary Africk, who had picked up a packet to run for council, just announced that he will not run after all.

It had been rumored that he was about to join the Swenson-Susswein-Turner ticket.

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R.I.P. Kate Ryan McGuire

BY  |  Monday, Jan 30, 2012 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

Saturday at the Union Congregational Church in Montclair, more than 300 people gathered to celebrate the life of Montclair singer Kate Ryan McGuire, who passed away on Jan. 19. Born and raised in Bloomfield, McGuire moved to Montclair after college in 1973, and married musician Andrew McGuire in 1982. The memorial service was highlighted by a performance by the Flemtones, of which Kate was a founding member. Her husband  Andy, one of the lead guitarists of the band, struck up the band and played all of Kate’s favorite tunes. Many members of the Tierney’s Open Mic scene also paid their respects in song.

Read more of Kate’s obituary here.

CCM: Register to Vote!

BY  |  Monday, Jan 30, 2012 11:11am  |  COMMENTS (4)

UPDATE: Printer Scott Kennedy of Studio042 has just printed up a bunch of voter registration forms. See the end of the article for how to pick them up.

According to most recent census data, there are 37,669, people living in Montclair.

There were 24,951 registered voters at the time of the 2008 elections.

Only 7,149 people voted in the 2008 municipal election.

This represents less than a third of all registered voters.

Many who prefer to maintain the status quo over fiscal responsibility make it a priority to get to the voting booths.

Residents for fiscal responsibility need to ensure proper representation at the May 8, 2012 Municipal elections. We need your help to “get out the vote” for fiscal sustainability!

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Again, on the Mountainside Hospital re-developement. Please bring in the Glen Ridge Historic Preservation Committee into the planning stages. I fear Montclair will drop the ball.

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