A reader from Montclair writes that she found a little, black-and-white cat that is currently hanging out behind their neighbor’s house on Upper Mountain Avenue, between Mt. Hebron and Normal. He/she appears to be very malnourished and weak, but super friendly. The woman called the Montclair Animal Shelter to come pick the cat up but wants to get the word out. If this is your cat, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Bloomfield reader writes that her all-black, four-year-old cat, Shadow, has not been seen since Wednesday (9/26). He went missing from the south side of Bloomfield, in the vicinity of Berkeley Heights Park and Bloomfield Avenue, and doesn’t wear a collar. If you have seen Shadow, please contact Baristanet.com.
Tragedy in Bloomfield this weekend when a teenage girl was killed in a car crash on Broughton Ave. Christina Lembo, 16, a high school athlete, was riding in a Honda Civic that was hit by a black Camaro. Lembo, a Bloomfield High school student, played varsity soccer. Essex County Prosecutor’s office is investigating the crash and released this statement:
Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Bloomfield Police Chief Christopher Goul have announced that authorities are investigating a two vehicle fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred in Bloomfield late Saturday night. At approximately 11:10 p.m., Bloomfield Police responded to the 200 block of Broughton Avenue on a report of a motor vehicle crash. Arriving officers observed that two vehicles, a 2000 Chevrolet Camaro and a 2007 Honda Civic had crashed at that location. The occupants of both vehicles were transported to area hospitals. A sixteen year old female passenger in the Honda Civic was transported to University Hospital in Newark. This victim, who has been identified as Christina Lembo, age 16 of Bloomfield, was pronounced dead a short time later at the hospital. The other two occupants of the Honda civic and the two occupant of the Camaro all suffered non-life threatening injuries. Continue Reading
I thought I was imagining things when, a few weeks ago in Maplewood’s Memorial Park, I saw a few parakeets flying around. I’d heard about the parakeets of Telegraph Hill and of Brooklyn, but wild parakeets in Maplewood? Couldn’t be.
But it turns out the birds weren’t just a figment of my imagination. The Monk Parakeets, as they’re called, originate from Argentina and have been in Maplewood since around 2009. Self-sustaining feral populations have been present in this country since the 1960s, when they were imported as pets. Many escaped or were released and they’re now found in several states including New Jersey, Connecticut and New York (those Brooklyn parakeets are also Monk Parakeets). Unlike other birds from subtropical climates, the Monk Parakeet is better equipped at surviving in cold climates, which explains why they’re found this far north. Continue Reading
The Montclair Art Museum has two colorful and fun exhibitions running through January 2013. Between the adobe houses, nature views, and Kastinam images of Georgia O’Keeffe and the brilliant color, butterfly adorned, and life-sized characters of Saya Wookfalk, children and their grown-ups will have lots to enjoy during afternoons at our own Montclair Art Museum.
The more traditional exhibition is Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico, but it may include pieces new to that those of us who had an O’Keeffe print hanging in our rooms. Children will like seeing the Katsinam dolls and paintings of ceramic chickens and mountains. Older children will appreciate the variety of colors and styles O’Keeffe used to convey her surroundings. Saya Woolfalk’s The Empathics may frighten very small children, but focusing on the colors and butterflies should quell any anxieties. Kids will love the colors and sparkles and full-sized characters throughout the installation. There is so much to look at and discover throughout that it may take two visits to appreciate. I strong suggest visiting the outdoor screens which feature video from the exhibit before seeing the installation. It will help prepare the kids for the experience.
The Bloomfield Harvest Fest 2012 is the place to be this weekend in Baristaville. Celebrating 20 years, the fest offers food, fun, rides, games, contests, giveaways , music and more. Local businesses, community groups, and town officials have joined together to promote and celebrate The Bloomfield Bicentennial. The festival continues today until 6 p.m.
Finding an excuse to eat a little treat with a good cup of coffee is a delightful way to embrace the early fall days instead of mourning the end of summer. Usually, I don’t like the kids having snacks after school, but there are days when they need a little something to keep them going to dinnertime. Follow the recipe and these buttery little cakes will fit the bill.
Hot Apple Cakes are similar to Welsh Cakes, a specialty from my homeland. They are cooked on a heavy frying pan or if you have one, a bakestone. For some crazy reason, our house is a little raisin-averse, so I replaced the raisins in the traditional Welsh Cake recipe with grated apple and there are so many local apples in season that you might be spoiled for choice. I used Granny Smith apples – a great baking apple.
You can also get your kids involved by giving them some small cookie cutters to make their own.
Wednesday, October 3 is International Walk to School Day and Crossing Guard Appreciation Day. Schools all over are getting involved and participating by organizing group walks or rides.
Last year, Bike to School Day was made into a separate event held in May. However, you can do either on International Walk to School Day. And for those of us in Montclair, who may not be able to walk or bike to school because of the Magnet System, many schools are organizing meet up areas a few blocks away so you can walk together in solidarity. The idea is to get fewer cars driving up to the schools.
Here are the local towns participating. Check online to see if your school has registered:
The League of Women Voters of the Montclair Area Education Fund is sponsoring a Candidates’ Night for Little Falls Mayoral and Town Council candidates. The forum will be held on Wednesday, October 10th from 7 to 9:30 pm in the auditorium of the Passaic Valley High School, 100 East Main Street, Little Falls, New Jersey.
Democratic candidate Joseph Sisco and Independent candidate Donald Radcliffe of Taxpayers Come First will challenge incumbent Republican Mayor Darlene Post for a four-year term. Democratic candidates James Damiano and Cassandra Lazzara are challenging incumbent Republican Council President Louis Fontana and Councilor Pamela Porter for four-year terms on the Town Council. Democratic candidate Rosemarie Bello-Truland and Republican candidate Joseph Rento are running to fill a two-year unexpired term on the Town Council.
Young fans of graphic novels will be excited to learn that Bass Art Studio will be offering a class called Creating A Graphic Novel, taught by Kevin C. Pile, for kids ages 12-17.
Pile is the author of the graphic novel Blindspot, Katman, Take What You Can Carry, and the forthcoming Bad For You, all published by Henry Holt for Young Readers. He has done illustrations for The New York Times Op-Ed page, The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and numerous other publications.
Kevin has taught comics and illustration in a variety of school environments and grade levels. He is a New Jersey Council of the Arts Resident Artist and currently teaches regularly at the Montclair Cooperative School and Montclair State University.
For more info and to register for the class, which begins on October 2, click here.