Geraldo Rivera For Senate?

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 5:35pm  |  COMMENTS (36)

Geraldo Rivera For Senate?Geraldo Rivera announced on his radio show today that he may run against Cory Booker or Frank Lautenberg for 2014 NJ senate race.

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State Gun Buyback Program Coming to Montclair

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 5:10pm  |  COMMENTS (19)

pistolToday state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa announced that Montclair will be among the five Essex County communities to participate in the next phase of the state’s gun buyback program. The other towns are East Orange, Irvington, Newark, and Orange. The Star Ledger reported from the press conference, where officials cited success with recently held buybacks in other Garden State cities. CBS News reports that the program will take place on February 15 and 16 at Union Baptist Church, 12-14 Midland Avenue, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Residents can bring in up to three firearms, and receive $250 each, no questions asked. More details are available at the website of the NJ Attorney General, and questions can be directed to the Attorney General’s Citizen Services unit, 609-984-5828.

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The Weekend: Carnaval, Blues, Pépin and More

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

carnavalWant to spice up the weekend? Then head to Rio for Carnaval, and you don’t have to go far. You can do that right in West Orange at Luna Stage.  The world premiere of Nikkole Salter’s Carnaval—a play that was inspired by the author’s discovery of the underground world of sex tourism and man-cations in Brazil. The play follows three young men from Brooklyn to Rio de Janeiro, and runs the gamut from hilarious to devastating, is not without controversy. “Some theaters opted not to produce the play because of the risqué nature of the subject matter and the use of explicit language,” says Salter. “Though the plot and the characters are fiction, the world of the play represents a truth. And sometimes the truth is explicit.” Jane Mandel, Artistic Director and Founder of Luna Stage, decided to produce the play because she felt it tells an important story that will get people thinking and talking. “You can read about these issues in the newspaper or hear about them on the radio, but the theater brings it all to life in a very visceral way. The play is emotionally affecting.”


Previews begin tonight,  January 31 at 7:30 pm.

Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ

Tickets range from $25 to $35 and can be purchased in person, on the phone at 973.395.5551, or on the Luna Stage website

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Vintage Valentine Postcards: Vestiges of a Vanished World

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

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Time to stop worrying about not keeping up any of your New Year’s Resolutions because tomorrow is February 1 and you know that that means — time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day.

Want some help getting in the mood? Drop in at Makeready Gallery and step back to a time when folks sent their beloved a fancy postcard for Valentine’s Day, bedecked with cupids, cherubs, flowers, hearts and other iconic images of love.

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Gallery owner Maureen O’Brien collects early 20th century Valentine postcards, and for 2013 she’s matted and framed 100 of the more unique pieces, mostly from the years between 1906 to 1926. The postcards have been carefully placed in 8 by 10 inch double matte, and are on sale for $20 each. To preserve the archival nature of the items, in some cases the matte backs are hinged to reveal the century-old messages inscribed on the back.

The matted cards make a clever, one-of-a-kind Valentine greeting or gift. With just about everyone whipped into a Downton Abbey-inspired nostalgia for the early 1900s, what could be lovelier than a dainty, gold embossed postcard complete with ladies in long dresses, their hair upswept, a castle in the background? Continue Reading

Put Some Drama (or Music) in Your (Adult) Life

BY ,  |  Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 11:36am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Paper Mill Adult Acting Class

Who says kids and high school students get to have all the fun on stage? Not Paper Mill Playhouse. Famous for their top-quality youth drama and musical theater development programs, the Millburn landmark also has a slate of upcoming offerings for adults. Registration is now open for their Spring Mini Session.

For those who’ve never been under the footlights before (or at least not since elementary school), the Adult Acting class invites beginners to develop comfort in front of an audience via basic acting and communication skills in a fun and safe environment.

But if you have a hankering to find out if the stage is really the place for you, then the Senior Players Acting Workshop sounds like the right pick. The Workshop is an opportunity to explore and discuss all aspects of theatre performance and production. That group will also select a one-act play to analyze and work on in class, with an informal performance at the end of the session. Maplewood resident Ed Schiff, veteran actor, and director of 50 stage productions, teaches. Continue Reading

At a Glance: Community Development Block Grant Applications

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 9:45am  |  COMMENTS (13)

Money Stacks

At their recent meeting, the Montclair Township Council voted to submit nine Community Development Block Grant applications. Here’s the chart showing, in descending priority order, which organizations/activities the grants would be used for, the specific program or way the monies would be utilized, and the exact amounts.

Do you see one here you care a lot about?

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Some Good Commuting News for a Change

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 8:17am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Path trainDespite the wind and rain this morning, at least the Montclair-Boonton line train service was back on schedule, following yesterday’s train-truck collision in Little Falls.

In other welcome commuting news, direct PATH service was re-opened yesterday between Hoboken and the World Trade Center for the first time since Hurricane Sandy. Overnight PATH service between Newark and World Trade Center was also restored earlier in the week.

As if that isn’t enough good commuting news, the lobby waiting area at Hoboken station is now open again, providing at least warmth and shelter to cold, waiting riders – though it will be another couple of months until the classic wooden benches return, ticket counters open, and restrooms are once again available. Still, many train commuters are happy to at least have a place to wait out of the chill of concrete platforms, back inside under the historic carved ceiling and decorative windows.

And how is your commute so far today?

Batten Down the Hatches: A Storm and Wind Warning and Flash Flood Watch in Effect

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 6:05pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

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Freezing temperatures one week, near 60° the next. And now to add to the weird weather, a storm and wind watch, as well as a flash flood watch are in effect now until 6 am Thursday.

PSE&G has been Tweeting about the possibly of power outages, stating, “We’re no strangers to severe weather and damage. We’re prepared, focused on safety and ready to go once the storm clears.”


Artists Wanted To Decorate Red Eye Café in Montclair

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 4:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Artist Michael Brodka was featured last month.

Want to see your art at the very popular—Red Eye Café? Now’s your chance. Red Eye is seeking artist submissions from new and re-emerging professional artists for its 2013 Red Eye Gallery schedule.

To submit work for consideration,  include 5-10 digital images of current work, artist statement, resume, bio, etc… online by February 9, 2013 and email them to:

NJ Transit: Montclair Boonton Line Service Advisory for January 30

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 3:04pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

NJ-TransitThis morning’s accident will make this evening’s commute bad. From NJ Transit website:

Due to this morning’s train incident in Little Falls, Montclair line customers traveling out of Hoboken will be accommodated on a Gladstone train from Hoboken to Broad Street in Newark.   Montclair line passengers will transfer at Broad Street in Newark and board a Montclair MidTOWN Direct train to Montclair State University.

All 1000-series trains will operate via the Morris & Essex Lines trains this evening.  Customers are advising of the following:

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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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