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.

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

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

BY  |  Sunday, Dec 30, 2012 10:39am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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

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.

Winter Storm Freyr – Whole Lotta Snow Falling Down North Jersey (Updated)

BY  |  Saturday, Dec 29, 2012 12:33pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Two accidents in span for four minutes on Valley Road. Vehicles moved to William Street; ambulance on scene. Photo: James Fitzhenry

Winter Storm Freyr (named for a Norse fertility god, rhymes with fair) isn’t messing around. If you turned your back on Freyr for a few minutes, you may have been surprised to see how furiously the snow started falling in our area.

Weather Channel says it won’t be a blockbuster, but will produce “shovel-able” snow, up to five inches. On Twitter, a collective wow…

Photo: @fatbunnypress

Holiday 2012 Movies: What New Releases Are You Seeing?

Saturday, Dec 29, 2012 10:37am  |  COMMENTS (3)

There’s another snow storm coming (wispy snow already falling) but there’s still time to catch a movie. Here’s the schedule for Montclair area. How many of the new holiday 2012 movies have you seen? Give us your reviews.

My First Chapter: Montclair’s Lee Siegel

Saturday, Dec 29, 2012 9:33am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Here is the seventh in a series of essays entitled “My First Chapter” in support of Montclair Library. This installment is from Montclair’s Lee Siegel. His essay first appeared in the Montclair Times and is reprinted here with permission.

Public libraries cannot keep the evil in the world from bursting in through their doors, but they can offer sanctuary from the world’s ordinary business. When I was a kid, growing up in the Bronx and Paramus, the library was a transformative kingdom where the concrete givens of material circumstances had no claim. Inherited wealth or pedigree didn’t stand a chance against the library’s rarefied privilege of inhabiting any epoch, experience or life you wanted to.

The very physicality of the blond wooden chairs in the library was like an extension of the portals of escape that stood vertically, side by side, on the shelves. The polished smoothness of the wood put you in constant jeopardy of sliding down, or from one side to the other. How disadvantaged, all of a sudden, seemed all those posteriors that were the beneficiaries of lucky, inherited advantage, rooted as they were in the potholes of privilege! You, on the other hand, could slip and slide into one new life after another, and inherit the different treasure of experience embodied by each one. Continue Reading

Happy Kwanzaa

BY  |  Friday, Dec 28, 2012 7:25pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Tonight is the 3rd night of Kwanzaa—Ujima, celebrating the principles of collective work and responsibility.

Baristanet wishes those celebrating  a joyous Kwanzaa!

Sandy Sorkin: Lack of Transparency From the Montclair Township Council

BY  |  Friday, Dec 28, 2012 4:13pm  |  COMMENTS (31)

I am curious about how others perceive the need for more transparency in the workings of our town council.  It came up more than once during the campaign. My concerns about a lack of transparency may simply be a personal opinion, but it is tempered by my belief that other residents would like to have access to more information, and to be able to actively participate in our town government.  I also believe that there is considerable talent in this town that would be willing and able to offer constructive criticism and make valuable suggestions as policies and initiatives are developed.  Waiting until the decisions are made and the council votes relegates potential contributors to being critics who are unable to join to the process until the 12th hour.

My view seems to be at odds with a number of the policies of the current town council.

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The cops don't need to be everywhere at once, the penalties need to be harsh. It is not hyperbole JC. No one is slowing down for a few hundred bucks. 5k or 10k and you can be sure that "speed won't be creeping up" on folks.

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