A Purr-fect Yard Sale for A Purrfect World, June 2 and 3

Thursday, May 31, 2012 9:26pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

A Purrfect World Cat Sanctuary will hold its annual giant yard sale this weekend, June 2 and 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 60 Newark Avenue (corner of Baldwin Avenue), Bloomfield. The rain dates are Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10.

Last year, the sale featured 30 tables of merchandise, including clothing, bookcases, appliances, and assorted knick knacks.

A Purrfect World is a non-profit, 501 C3 organization dedicated to assisting the local shelters and communites in the care and education of stray and unwanted cats.

The Weekend: Open Mic, Music, Comedy, Art and Flowers

BY  |  Thursday, May 31, 2012 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Start your weekend off by expressing yourself at Trend Coffee & Tea House’s Open Mic Night. You can share poetry, spoken word, short stories, music, comedy or just kick back, relax, and enjoy local talent. Anyone who performs gets a free coffee. Open Mic Nights happens every Thursday.

Trend’s Open Mic Night
Thursday, May 31 from 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Trend Coffee and Tea House, 411 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Free

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Bloomfield Planning Board Approves Amended Redevelopment Plan

BY  |  Thursday, May 31, 2012 2:48pm  |  COMMENTS (11)

Chairman LaQuaglia hears testimony at last night's Planning Board meeting.

Last night the Bloomfield Planning Board unanimously approved an amended site plan and subdivision for the previously approved Bloomfield Center redevelopment at Lackawanna Place (also known as Block 228, Lot 1). The approved plan was modified from the original application to exclude additional retail/restaurant space.

The amended plan application originally submitted by Bloomfield Center Urban Renewal, LLC (the applicant) and the Bloomfield Parking Authority (the property owner) called for a reconfiguration of the apartments to include three-bedroom units (a total of 46 additional bedrooms) and an additional 20,000 square feet of space to be used for restaurants or retail establishments on a second floor mezzanine area.

At the beginning of the meeting, which was continued from May 8, the Planning Board’s traffic consultant, Joseph Staigar, P.E., testified that the additional 20,000 square feet of retail space would cause traffic problems at the intersection of Lackawanna Place, Conger Street and Glenwood Avenue. He stated that the additional trips generated, particularly if the space were occupied by restaurants, would cause backups as cars exited the garage at Lackawanna Place, or when cars made left turns from Conger Street onto Glenwood Avenue during peak traffic times. Staigar’s recommendation was to reduce the additional square feet of retail space by half to 10,000 square feet to mitigate the potential problems. Continue Reading

Bloomberg to NYC: No (Big) Soda for You!

Thursday, May 31, 2012 2:23pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

The Bloomberg administration plans to ban the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks in restaurants, fast-food chains, movie theaters, delis and sports arenas throughout New York City, according to an article in today’s New York Times.

The ban would apply to any sweetened drinks including sugared soft drinks (i.e. not diet), sweetened coffee or tea and fruit drinks with sugar, over 16 ounces.  Not affected are drinks with fewer than 25 calories per 8-ounce serving, such as vitamin waters and unsweetened iced teas. Continue Reading

MSU on the Higher Education Wish List

BY  |  Thursday, May 31, 2012 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

Montclair State University joined 44 public and private N.J. colleges and universities in compiling a $5.9 billion wish list to the state in an effort receive funding for programs, renovations and expansions. Continue Reading

Baristanet Caption Competition: Who Are These Guys?

BY  |  Thursday, May 31, 2012 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (40)

The official caption on this press photo we received yesterday read like this:

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. officially opened the new Essex County Riverfront Park in Newark’s Ironbound neighborhood on Wednesday, May 30th. During the dedication, DiVincenzo presented Governor Chris Christie (center) with a picture of the park. With them is Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker. The land acquisition, design and development of Essex County Riverfront Park was completed in 25 months. The park is the fourth new county park created since 2007 and expands the county park system to 21 parks. (Photo by Glen Frieson)

But we felt that our readers could do a better job.  In the spirit of the New Yorker cartoon caption contest, we invite you to submit your own caption for this photo — the cleverer, the better.  Surprise us.

Destination: Maplewood

BY  |  Thursday, May 31, 2012 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

When I moved to Maplewood in 1996, the downtown had a diner, a bagel place, several pizza joints, a Chinese place and two “fancy” restaurants, both now defunct.  Today, the village has become a foodie destination, attracting diners and gourmet shoppers from around the area (even from such far-flung locales as Montclair).  Here is a small sampling.

Arturo’s Osteria and Pizzeria, run by acclaimed self-taught chef Dan Richer and business partner Fred Shandler, is a hot table in town. In addition to the perfectly charred brick oven pizza (the crust is impeccable), Richer turns out superb homemade pastas – try the boar ragu or the cavatelli siciliani – excellent salads and small plates. His fresh baked bread is in itself worth the trip. Continue Reading

Decriminalized Marijuana Coming to NJ?

BY  |  Thursday, May 31, 2012 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (33)

The Star Ledger’s Brian Donohue always has a blast when he’s covering pot in New Jersey, like the time he came to check up on the planned medical marijuana dispensary in Montclair. In today’s edition of Ledger Live, Donohue tells us about a widely-supported bill to decriminalize marijuana in the Garden State, and brings us footage from last week’s Champs Trade Show at the Atlantic City Convention Center, an extravaganza of pot-related merchandise, with vendors hawking everything from clean urine to an Abe Lincoln bong.

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Montclair Mounties Want North Bergen Bruins Stripped of Football State Champ Title

BY  |  Thursday, May 31, 2012 7:27am

According to The Jersey Journal, The Montclair Mounties, the high school’s football team, have filed an appeal to the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) after it ruled in early May that North Bergen High School would keep the title of state championship, but that the athletic program would be placed on two years probation.

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RIP John Orme

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 7:10pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

Over the Memorial Day weekend, the Bloomfield Fire Department and the Bloomfield Volunteer Fire-Rescue Company lost one their most dedicated brothers.

Firefighter John Orme passed away unexpectedly on Saturday evening at Mountainside Hospital. Continue Reading

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