Happy New Year 2013!

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Thank you for a wonderful, productive and fun 2012. Here at Barista Kids we had a great, and very busy, year:

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West Orange Man Fatally Shot in Newark

Monday, Dec 31, 2012 2:38pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Police Director Samuel A. DeMaio announced today that the Newark Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force are investigating a murder.

At approximately 3 a.m. today Raymar Lecky, 22, of West Orange was shot in the vicinity of Sanford and Lanark Avenues. Lecky was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 3:18 am. A 26-year-old male was also shot but survived. He is hospitalized in stable condition. His identity is not being released.

No arrests have been made at this time. The investigation is active and ongoing. Additional details will be released when they become available.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office tips line at 1-877-847-7432.

Post Holiday Sales/Deals – Montclair (Updated)

BY  |  Monday, Dec 31, 2012 2:11pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Milk Money: Happy New Year! 20% OFF all clothes and shoes!

Hip Chic: Half off sale. Boots as low as $25 and some tees $10.

One Savvy Design: 30% off Coats, Sweaters, Dress Pants, Skirts, 20% off Boots, 20% off Handbags (blue dots on tags are excluded)

My Blue Suede Shoes: New Year’s 1-2-3 Sale works like this — today — and for the next two weeks (expect when closed on New Years Day), buy any one item (shoes or otherwise) and save 10% on your purchase total. Buy any 2 items, and save 20% on your purchase total. Buy three or more items and save 30% on your all your purchases! The store is making room for inventory of beautiful Spring footwear.

Floyd Hall Arena: Today (12/31) sign up for learn to skate or hockey clinics by December 31 and receive a $20 gift card!

Want us to get the word out about your post-holiday sale? Drop us a line at tips at baristanet dot com.

Essex County Hockey Tournament: Millburn High Wins

BY  |  Monday, Dec 31, 2012 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. presented the championship trophy for the Essex County Winter Holiday Hockey Tournament Blue Division to Millburn High School Hockey players. From left are Phil Pikus, Griffin Meselsohn and AJ Mallon. Millburn defeated Gill St. Bernards 8-3 on Sunday, December 30 in Essex County Codey Arena in West Orange. With them are Millburn High School hockey coaches Brandon Doria, Matt Blasi and Chris Lepore.

(Photo by Glen Frieson)

Thank You for Making the Orange Holiday Book Drive A Huge Success!

BY  |  Monday, Dec 31, 2012 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Book Drive

In partnership with Watchung Booksellers, Barista Kids’ first Holiday Book Drive in support of The Children’s Book Pantry of Orange was a huge success. Pictured above are just some of the more than 100 books that were donated to kids in Orange ensuring many children received the joy of a book of their own during the holidays.

We are grateful to all of those in the community who supported this effort, and especially to Margot and the wonderful staff at Watchung Booksellers who made this project possible by facilitating the effort in general, offering a discount on books purchased, and by going truly above-and-beyond in their generosity when they also provided many, many new books to the drive from the store directly.

Thank you again to everyone who made it possible to share the magic of reading with children this holiday season.

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Biggest Stories of 2012

BY  |  Monday, Dec 31, 2012 8:33am  |  COMMENTS (3)

Murders in Montclair, a heated local election, a dog called Memphis, and the biggest of all, a storm called Sandy. Here’s a look back at the biggest stories of 2012.

January The year starts out with buzz about Montclair’s upcoming local election. At first, then-2nd ward councilor Cary Africk was in the race. Later this month, he surprisingly bows out. And some beginning coalitions begin to take shape — only to shift again in the months ahead.

February Ibn Futrell, 29, of Bloomfield, is shot and killed on Mission Street in Montclair. The murder of Futrell, a former Montclair High School student, brings attention to the need for better street lighting and increased police presence. The debate on affordable housing in Montclair continues, and candidates choose slates, led by Karen Turner, Robert Jackson and Harvey Susswein.

March Downtown Montclair is invaded by a scantily dressed mega mob of 2-3,000 revelers, when an overcrowded Wellmont closed down its Barstool Blackout Tour event. Montclair politics see another slate change, with Real Progress adding Chris Swenson to replace Jeff Ogden, followed by a campaign kick off. Continue Reading

Fun in the Snow

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Weird NJ & Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh, West Orange Host Sandy Benefit, January 19

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Special guest hosts for the event will be Weird NJ publishers Mark Sceurman and Mark Moran. Local bands such as The Poor Man’s Opera, The Will O’Connor Live Acoustic Show, and special musical guests will be performing, and local restaurants and breweries. Continue Reading

Barista Kids New Year’s Round-Up

BY  |  Sunday, Dec 30, 2012 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

It’s almost New Year’s Day! Here’s a round-up of our favorite New Year’s posts, including things to do, resolutions and fun crafts!

Dog Found Near Edgemont Park, Montclair (Update)

Saturday, Dec 29, 2012 6:00pm  |  COMMENTS (7)

Update: Another happy ending – dog & family are reunited.

Reader found this dog in Montclair’s Edgemont Park; tag # is a 2012 rabies license.

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I will really miss their store. It was always so easy and fun to find a fun gift there. Walking into their store made me feel like I was transported into a faraway happy place!

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