Pet Adoption to Take Place December 1 at Montclair Feed and Pet Supply

Friday, Nov 30, 2012 3:17pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

Montclair Feed and Pet Supply will host a Pet Adoption Day, Saturday, December 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The pets to be featured are from the Montclair Animal Shelter and volunteers from the shelter will be on hand to answer any questions.

Montclair Benefit Event to Aid Jersey Shore Recovery

BY  |  Friday, Nov 30, 2012 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair TV34 has joined forces with Montclair PBA Local 53, Parents Who Rock, Prudential New Jersey Properties and the many talented and generous local musicians to present Shore Aid – a live event to benefit the victims of super storm Sandy.

The Shore Aid benefit will be held Sunday, December 2, beginning at 12:00 noon in Montclair Municipal Chambers, 205 Claremont Avenue. It will feature music performances, special guests and an auction – all to be televised live on TV34 and streamed on the channel’s website,

Cash and check donations will be accepted at the event, which is open to the public. Tables will be set up to take credit card donations as well. All proceeds will go to benefit victims of Sandy in some of the state’s hardest hit shore towns: Seaside Heights; Normandy Beach; Ocean Beaches I, II, III; and Ortley Beach. Those who donate $250 or more will present their checks live on TV34 at the event.

Admission to Shore Aid performances is free, but event sponsors ask that attendees bring a new toy or a gift card to be donated to Operation Jersey Shore Santa – an organization created to bring the holidays to New Jersey families displaced by the storm.

Montclair’s own Alma Schneider of Parents Who Rock and Take Back the Kitchen is organizing the talent for the Shore Aid benefit. Numerous performers have offered to donate their time and talent to make Montclair’s Shore Aid benefit a huge success. The schedule of performances can be accessed here.

Giveaway: Tickets to It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

BY  |  Friday, Nov 30, 2012 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Contest closed: we have our winners!

Midtown Direct Rep & SOPAC are giving away two pairs of tickets for their new holiday show, Joe Landry‘s It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Directed by MDR co-artistic director Jeremy Dobrish, the award-winning play is inspired by the classic holiday film and is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience.

The show will be performed by Midtown Direct Rep’s accomplished company members including Maplewood and South Orange Broadway pros, Michelle Federer (Smash, Wicked), David Hess (A Little Night Music, Sweeny Todd), and MDR Co-Artistic Director, Sandy Rustin (author of Rated P … for parenthood).

Midtown Direct Rep is a theatre company comprised of friends and neighbors from the South Orange/Maplewood area…who also happen to be among Broadway’s most talented professionals (SOMA has been called the place “where Broadway comes home to sleep”).

MDR is giving away two pairs of tickets, one for each of its Dec. 8 shows at 2pm and 8pm. The first two readers to send us an email ( telling us the name of George Bailey’s youngest daughter in It’s a Wonderful Life will win (first winner gets choice of performance times). Good luck!


Judge Rules Bloomfield Can Condemn Train Station

BY  |  Friday, Nov 30, 2012 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (11)

An Essex County judge ruled yesterday that the Township of Bloomfield may condemn the Bloomfield train station under eminent domain.

Judge Patrica K. Costello determined that Bloomfield was entitled to condemn the train station for its stated purpose of providing  “safe and convenient public access to the NJ Transit platforms.”

The town had been trying to buy the property from Howard Haberman, a local developer and land owner. Haberman owns the concrete station and the tower portion of the train station and New Jersey Transit owns the tracks and platform.

Haberman had hoped to develop the property rather than sell it. In July, Haberman’s company,  Bloomfield Daval Corporation, received notice that the Township had initiated condemnation through eminent domain.

“After many years of making significant contributions to Bloomfield’s downtown, I am deeply disappointed that the Township of Bloomfield has chosen to condemn our company’s Block 220 train station property rather than work with us to develop a first class restaurant, retail and office complex consistent with my father’s vision,” Haberman said at the time.

His father, Allen R Haberman, a developer in Essex County, formed Daval in 1964 to acquire Bloomfield’s westbound train station. The station was built in 1912 and is on the National and State Historic Registers.

Glenn Domenick, Bloomfield’s Director of Community Development, told Bloomfield Patch in September that Howard Haberman had let the station fall into disrepair and “refuse[d] to negotiate in good faith.”

The town wants to renovate the station, which sits across from the empty site that will become Glenwood Village, the downtown redevelopment project that will include apartments, retail and restaurant space and a public parking garage.

Holiday Gift Pick: The Sound of Music at Paper Mill Playhouse

BY  |  Friday, Nov 30, 2012 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Want to give a holiday gift to remember? The Sound of Music at Paper Mill Playhouse manages to stay true to the “favorite things” about this magical musical and yet, gives audiences something new to love, too.

From left to right: Chelsea Morgan Stock (Liesl von Trapp), Gracie Beardsley (Marta von Trapp), Elena Shaddow (Maria), Hunter A. Kovacs (Kurt von Trapp), Sean McManus (Friedrich von Trapp), Greta Clark (Gretl von Trapp), Maya Fortgang (Brigitta von Trapp) and Amanda Harris (Louisa von Trapp).

Much of what’s new comes from Maria. Sure, on the cover of the Paper Mill program, there is the familiar picture of the young Fraulein, with a backdrop of mountains, sporting a blonde hairstyle akin to Julie Andrews iconic pixie coif. Yet, when the curtain opens on the majestic Paper Mill stage, out comes a winsome, lithe, dark-haired Maria, played by Elena Shaddow (glad no one asked her to make her hair blond like poor Friedrich in the movie version).

It’s just not the hair that is different. Shaddow’s Maria has an energetic, youthful, impish quality with a hint of — dare we say it — defiance. The portrayal works well to connect her with the new generation of Sound of Music fans (like my approving 10-year-old-daughter). And any doubts you have about this Maria disappear when she opens her mouth to reveal an incredible voice. Shaddow brings big, bold, beautiful vocals rendered in a way that appears effortless. Climbing along a craggy mountain (the sets are spectacular, especially the opulent Von Trapp manse), Shaddow’s confident, joyful rendition of the title song is one that would have Andrews smiling. Continue Reading

Superstorms and Toxic Waste

BY  |  Friday, Nov 30, 2012 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (4)

When a superstorm meets a Superfund site you have the potential for a super toxic mess.

Which is why Sen. Frank Lautenberg announced legislation this week that would protect public health by providing emergency funding to contain pollution at Superfund sites following a natural disaster like Superstorm Sandy.

“Flooding and high winds like we saw during Superstorm Sandy can damage Superfund sites and unleash toxic pollution into our air, water and communities. As extreme weather becomes more common, we must take steps to make sure Superfund sites do not present an even greater risk to public health after a storm or disaster,” said Lautenberg, who is Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health.

The “Superfund Emergency Response Act of 2012” would also mandate that the EPA study the vulnerability of Superfund sites to extreme weather events and develop a plan to better protect these sites from natural disasters.

Lautenberg also released a letter to the administrator of EPA Region 2, which includes New Jersey, calling for an additional assessment of Superstorm Sandy’s impact on Superfund sites in the state.

New Jersey has the largest number of contaminated sites in the United States. The closest one to Baristaville, the Orange Valley Regional Ground Water site on the Orange/West Orange border, was added to the National Priorities List earlier this year after testing found that the public supply wells at the site contained several toxic chemicals, including PCE (tetrachloroethylene) and TCE (trichloroethylene).

Local Montclair Film Maker Competes at Sundance Film Festival

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 29, 2012 4:41pm  |  COMMENTS (6)

Congratulations to local mom (and my good friend, all the way back from 6th grade in Michigan) Stacie Passon has made her first film, Concussion, and it will compete at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

The film, written and directed by Passon and starring Robyn Weigert, is a story of a housewife  who changes her life after a blow to the head. The festival will be buzzing about this one, but my lips are sealed.

U.S.A. Today reports, that for the first time, half of the entries are from female directors.

Local Photographer Exhibits “Only in New Jersey” at the Montclair Public Library

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 29, 2012 2:38pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

We all know that Montclair residents have interesting points-of-view. And coming up in December, talented and prolific photographer Leslie Granda-Hill, long-time Montclair resident, will be sharing her sometimes quirky and always thought-provoking images from all over New Jersey.  Her exhibition at the Montclair Public Library displays photographs that are truly to be found “Only in New Jersey.”

The product of several years of Leslie Granda-Hill photographing New Jersey in a way that is unusual and seldom seen, these images capture the diversity of people and places of New Jersey in a style reflective of social documentaries. From clowns to zombie girls to charros, Granda-Hill’s cross section of the NJ population is fascinatingly and intimately revealed in both full-color and black-and-white.

“Only in New Jersey” will be on display at the Montclair Public Library through December, but the public is invited to the opening reception on Tuesday, December 4th from 6-8 pm. Join the photographer for light refreshments and take advantage of her presence to discuss her work.

If you’re interested in seeing some of Leslie Granda-Hill’s work beforehand, take a peek at her galleries at her website. Images from the “Only in New Jersey” exhibition will be for sale at the website as well.

“Only in New Jersey” at the Montclair Public Library
Opening Reception: Tuesday, December 4th, 6-8 pm.
50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042

Holiday Gift Picks in Montclair: For The Chef, Fashionista, Mixologist and Mom

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 29, 2012 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (6)

Tagines and cookware from O Soleil

For those of you who want to shop local but don’t know where in the Ebenezer Scrooge to start, this year Baristanet has your Tiny Tim covered.

Here are the first five of many, many holiday gift picks Baristanet will bring you this season. Check the Holiday 2012 tab daily for local holiday updates. Continue Reading

The Weekend: Smokin’ Hot BBQ, Dance Party, Comedy and Wine

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 29, 2012 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

There is a lot going on this weekend. Don’t forget about Rocky Horror Live tomorrow night (11/30) and the upcoming MFEE Home For The Holidays fundraiser happening on December 5. Here are other highlights:

The attire suggested is “Blazin’ boots and country denim,” at Montclair Art Museum’s Smokin’ Hot Barbeque, a fundraiser celebrating the exhibition Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico. You’ll enjoy savory southwestern fare provided by Ruthie’s BBQ & Pizza, margaritas and cocktails provided by Egan & Sons, and live DJ’s provided by WFUV. There will also be a great silent auction. It sounds like a “smokin’” good time.

Smokin’ Hot Barbeque

Friday, November 30 from 7 pm – 10 pm

MAM, 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042

Tickets: Non-member $100 / Member $75. Other special tickets in support go for $500 and $100. Purchase online here.


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