Meet Yogi Berra and Ron Guidry

Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 3:03pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Yogi Berra (credit: Kristi Cataffi)

Mark your calendars and meet Montclair’s favorite resident, Yogi Berra this Wednesday, April 4, (6-7:30 p.m.) along with Ron Guidry at a book signing for Harvey Araton’s new book “Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra and Ron Guidry and Baseball’s Greatest Gift” at the Yogi Berra Museum.

Berra and Guidry will both sign copies of the book. To reserve a copy, call (973) 655-2378.

Also this month, on Wednesday, April 18, attend the “Damn Yankees” Discussion (7-8:30 p.m. ) — a panel discussion with author Jane Leavy (“The Last Boy”); Will Leitch (NY Magazine); and Dan Barry (NY Times) and other contributors to “Damn Yankees: Twenty-Four Major League Writers on the World’s Most Loved (and Hated) Team.” For more information, call (973) 655-6891.

The Sisterhood of Joni Mitchell

BY  |  Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 12:49pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

For people of a certain age and gender (aka female Baby Boomers), hearing Joni Mitchell’s songs re-interpreted is a little like being a holy believer and reading a new version of the bible. Like prayers, the lyrics, wisdom and raw emotions found in Mitchell’s fourth album, Blue (1971), have long been personal mantras for many in that category. And so, for the mostly die-hard vintage Joni crowd at Friday night’s Outpost in the Burbs concert, “Joni Mitchell’s Blue: A 40th Anniversary Celebration,” the consensus was that it took some focus to release the preconceived notion of what the performers — an eclectic sisterhood called Chicks with Dip — should sound like. That said, once the crowd let go of looking for Joni’s exact inflections, particular range of notes and cadence, there was a silent collective appreciation for the fact that the group was expanding the Joni Mitchell canon. Continue Reading

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Apr. 1

BY  |  Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 10:31am  |  COMMENTS (0)

No foolin’ — the upper end of the market is clearly blooming for spring, with at least 19 properties over $1,000,000 showing, or about 25% of the properties open. There are a lot of new listings at various price points as well.

89 Ridgewood Ave., Glen Ridge

List Price: $1,085,000

Taxes: $27,063

Acreage: 0.43 Acres


Built in 1910 and renovated in 2002, this just-listed 16-room Craftsman Colonial has sumptuous woodwork throughout and many grand touches, notably high ceilings and three fireplaces. A large chef’s kitchen with custom cabinetry and granite countertops is another highlight. Central air and a wet bar are among the other amenities. There is a full, partially-finished basement and large two car detached garage. Outdoors, there is an oversize deck, patio and pool. Open house 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

37 Dodd St., Montclair

List Price: $399,000

Taxes: $14,177

Acreage: 0.23 Acres


Also a new offering, this seven-room Colonial has original woodwork dating to its 1915 construction. Other positives include: built-ins in the dining room; a fireplace in the sizable living room; a heated three-season porch; and a decently-sized stone patio. There is a breakfast bar and five burner stove in the kitchen. Lastly, there is a full basement and two car detached garage. Open house 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

Millburn CSA Expands

BY  |  Friday, Mar 30, 2012 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

For the first time in five years, the Millburn-Short Hills CSA (community supported agriculture) is opening membership to anyone who wants to participate. Previously, the CSA had to cap membership at 50 families because of space restrictions in the pick-up location. Now there is a new location at the Wells Fargo parking lot in Millburn at the corner of Essex and Spring Streets behind Bhakti Barn Yoga.

Every week, from mid-June through late-November, members will receive fresh organic vegetables grown at Starbrite Farms in Andover, NJ and/or organic fruit from Breezy Hill Orchard in Staatsburg, New York. Members can add fresh free range, antibiotic and hormone-free eggs and fresh pasta shares from Knoll Krest Farm in Clinton Corners, N.Y. One hundred percent Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Tapadero Ranch, from a small grove of hand-cultivated organically grown trees in the Central Coast of California, will be delivered on three separate days throughout the summer. (Note: Olive Oil can be purchased by anyone, even if they are not participating in vegetable and/or fruit shares.)

The deadline for a membership is April 1, 2012; share prices are $600 for vegetable, $276 for fruit, $92 for a dozen eggs per week and $97.75 for fresh homemade pasta each week. The Extra Virgin Olive Oil is $15 per 375 ml claret bottle.

“We have a long-term focus and commitment to bringing the best locally grown, sustainable, fruits and vegetables to the families who have become members,” said Melissa Goldberg, who runs the CSA.

For more information about the Millburn-Short Hills CSA or to sign up, visit  or email


Photo by Sandra Mora via flickr

The Wellmont Responds

Friday, Mar 30, 2012 2:44pm  |  COMMENTS (16)

Update (5:28 p.m.): The management at Wellmont sent an update to their earlier statement:

Today, a very productive meeting was held with town officials including police, who agreed to meet on a monthly basis moving forward.

The management at Wellmont has issued a statement in response to the mayhem that took place outside its theater last night:

The management of the Wellmont Theatre is deeply disappointed with the events that took place in association with the Barstool Blackout Tour event on Thursday, March 29th. As with all shows at the Wellmont, the safety and well-being of our patrons is always the highest priority, which led to the joint decision by local police, Wellmont management and theatre security to shut down the show due to unruly patrons. At that time, there were 765 patrons inside the venue, and approximately 500 people outside the theatre, well within the Wellmont’s legal capacity of 2,000+.

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Mapping Health Insurance Coverage

BY  |  Friday, Mar 30, 2012 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (22)

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the groundbreaking national healthcare reform law signed by President Obama in 2010. Many provisions have already taken effect, including greater coverage for pre-existing conditions, insurance coverage until age 26 under parents’ plans, and free preventive care — including mammograms and colonoscopies. The most wide-reaching and controversial aspect, requiring most people to buy basic insurance, is set to become effective January 1, 2014.

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Dr. Goose’s Mega Millions Advice

BY  |  Friday, Mar 30, 2012 12:57pm  |  COMMENTS (15)

The lotto’s a game of slim chances,

Though the jackpot immense at first glance is;

Of the fortunate few

Whose numbers come through,

Most end up in bankrupt finances.

With a record-setting $540 million jackpot up for grabs on Friday night, the Mega Millions game has given the country lotto fever. However, the cold fact is that nine out of ten lotto winners squander their prize in five years or less.

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Montclair Police Issue Report on Wellmont Incident

Friday, Mar 30, 2012 11:28am  |  COMMENTS (34)

Lt. Scott Beuhler has issued this statement about last night’s incident at the Wellmont Theater:

On 3/29/12 at approximately 7:35 PM, police responded to the area of the Wellmont Theater on Seymour Street on a report of a very large crowd. Police had met with security members of the theater prior to the event and were informed that the performance was sold out. Upon arriving, police saw a crowd of upwards of twenty-five hundred people. While monitoring the crowd, police had dispatch notify surrounding agencies that mutual aid may be needed, due to the size of the crowd, which had become unruly while waiting to gain entry to the theater.

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Finally, Some Montclair Streets Will Get Repaired

BY  |  Friday, Mar 30, 2012 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (9)

Days after we received an email from a tipster deploring the condition of Stonebridge Road, we received this email from Montclair Township last night:

Milling of Stonebridge Road (entire road) will take place on or about Friday, April 6 and Monday, April 9; paving will take place on or about Tuesday April 10, weather permitting. Milling and resurfacing operations will begin at approximately 7:30 a.m. Streets will be closed at various times throughout these days, as detailed below.

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Northfield Ave., 7:14 p.m.

BY  |  Friday, Mar 30, 2012 8:18am  |  COMMENTS (8)

Shortly before chaos erupted in downtown Montclair, the skies all around Baristaville filled with an enormous, dark, low-lying cloud. I happened to be on Northfield Ave. in West Orange, but Facebook friends witnessed the phenomenon — in awe — from Newark Airport to South Orange. One friend thought it looked like aliens were about to emerge from the sky. It looked to me like a cloud tsunami. Did you see it last night, and if so, what did you think?

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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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