Black-and-white Cat Found on Upper Mountain Avenue, Montclair

BY  |  Sunday, Sep 30, 2012 6:40pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

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

Black Cat Missing in Bloomfield

BY  |  Sunday, Sep 30, 2012 6:28pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

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

Teenage Girl, 16, Killed in Bloomfield Car Crash

Sunday, Sep 30, 2012 6:13pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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

The Wild Parakeets of Maplewood

BY  |  Sunday, Sep 30, 2012 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (6)

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

Bloomfield Harvest Fest 2012

BY  |  Sunday, Sep 30, 2012 8:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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.

Montclair League of Women Voters Host Candidates’ Night For Little Falls Mayoral, Town Council Candidates

BY  |  Saturday, Sep 29, 2012 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

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.

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Jersey’s Mega Policy Advocacy Meeting to Tackle Sprawl

BY  |  Saturday, Sep 29, 2012 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

NJ’s largest policy advocacy meeting in years will be held on Sunday, September 30 at the NJ Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, NJ from 4-6 PM. Confirmed attendees number over 1000 and include US Senator Bob Menendez, over a half-dozen State Assembly members and Senators and over 70 Mayors, Council members and municipal leaders arriving from every county in the state. In an unprecedented show of unity, Democrats, Republicans, and independents are convening in Edison to make the case for changes in policies and funding to help the hundreds of older suburbs that have been disproportionately hurt over several decades by federal and state policies that promote “sprawling, homogenous communities” over the diverse, more sustainable “first suburbs.”

Other confirmed attendees include State Senators Barbara Buono, Ron Rice, and Joseph Vitale, Assembly Members Joe Cryan, Reed Gusciora, John Wisniewski, Mila Jasey and Patrick Diegnan, Mayors Brian Levine, Ray McCarthy, Joe Florio, and many others (see enclosed list). Joining them are hundreds of religious leaders, school board members, council members, and others committed to making their communities stronger.

“This gathering is a remarkable sign that New Jersey is waking up to the danger that we face in continuing our march towards sprawl” says former Mayor Jerry Fried of Montclair. “Even the State’s new Strategic Plan prioritizes allocation of resources to places that have public transportation and the existing infrastructure to support people and jobs… this is a departure from years of encouraging people to live in gated communities in the middle of nowhere.” Continue Reading

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Sept. 30

BY  |  Saturday, Sep 29, 2012 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (3)

With just over 100 properties showing, it’s shaping up to be a busy Sunday on the open house front. There is a lot of variety this week, with offerings at all sizes and price points.

9 Belvidere Pl., Montclair

List Price: $699,000

Taxes: $11,386

Acreage: 0.13


Built in 1907, this just-renovated and listed home has updates from “top to bottom.” The bathrooms have been redone, and the kitchen now boasts a  center island, quartzite counters and a microwave drawer. The house has new electric, plumbing, windows, hardwood floors, central air and a hot water heater. Other pluses: the master bedroom has two closets and a large bathroom with two sinks and oversize shower, and the third floor could be utilized in a myriad of ways. There is a full basement with a french drain and one-car detached garage. Open 2 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

Found: Kitten Near James and Midland, Montclair

Friday, Sep 28, 2012 10:03pm  |  COMMENTS (8)

Baristanet’s Holly Korus found this pretty little kitten (she thinks to be about 2-3 weeks old), by the corner of James and Midland Ave. She’s hoping to find the kitty a home (her exact words were …”I am not keeping this cat no matter how damn cute it is!”)

If you lost this kitten, email us at pets at baristanet dot com.

Duke and Duchess: NYC Fashion in Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Sep 28, 2012 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (24)

Let us deconstruct the idea of what makes a Designer.  A person who devises or executes designs and perhaps brands her product with her name. This does not mean the person needs to be famous or even known. That’s the brilliant part of the Montclair clothing store Duke and Duchess – it is about the look, not just the labels. The fantastic boutique is located in a large warehouse-looking space on South Park Street and is decorated with antiques as well as hints of Britain, representing owner Antony Hine’s home country.  D and D does carry many high-end designers for both men and women but it also carries fabulous cutting edge styles from designers who are not well known. Continue Reading

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