Found – Friendly Dog Near Oak Place, Montclair (Updated)

Sunday, Mar 31, 2013 12:41pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

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Update: Mocha has been claimed by a very happy owner. She promised to purchase a tag. Thank you Baristanet!!

This friendly male dog was found this morning on Oak Place in Montclair. Pink and blue collar with white paw prints, no tag.

It Happened This Week: Vampire Weekend, Whoopi, Bobbi Brown and More

Sunday, Mar 31, 2013 12:13pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

It Happened This Week: Vampire Weekend, Whoopi, Bobbi Brown and Other Headlines

  • Vampire Weekend, led by Glen Ridge High grad Ezra Koenig, gets flack for possibly violating clean air act with Saab-burning video, Diane Young. Koenig responds to AutoBlog.
    • Montclair makeup queen Bobbi Brown shares what she wears with the New York Times, confesses a terrible habit of “not wearing socks” and gives some love to fave restaurant Raymonds and her new “media center” at 18 Label.
    • Did you pick up Easter candy at Holsten’s? The Bloomfield ice cream/candy shop got a visit from Whoopi Goldberg, who came over from her West Orange digs to pick up something sweet.
      • Essex County: Our Cherry Blossoms Are Way Better Than Yours

        BY  |  Sunday, Mar 31, 2013 11:17am  |  COMMENTS (2)

        Cherry Blossoms at Branch Brook ParkDoes anyone do park better than Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.? One of Essex County Park System’s crown jewels is the cherry blossom display at Essex County Branch Brook Park — larger than the national display in Washington, DC and boasts the most diverse collection of cherry blossom varieties in the world. To make sure it remains in the pink as the Cherry Blossom Capital of America, DiVincenzo announced plans this week to plant an additional 1,000 cherry blossom trees in Branch Brook Park to bring the total number of cherry trees to over 5,000 by next year’s festival.

        Sure, there’s not a lot of pink yet to be seen on the Cherry cam, but the Cherry Blossom festival does not start until next Saturday, April 6; events run through Saturday, April 20.

        This year, trolleyThe 37th Annual Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival includes free self-guided cell phone history tours (dial 973-433-9047 and follow prompts or use a Smart Phone to scan bar codes at each location) to connect to a short history of the park; the Cherry Blossom Challenge Annual Bike Race; Cherry Blossom 10K Run; Bloomfest: A Family Day; 1-Mile Fun Run and Walk; and Cherry Blossom Trolley Tours ($5 for a 45-minute journey through the pink park and its 118 years of history). Click Cherry Blossom schedule of events for information/full details.

        Want to bring more pink to Essex County Branch Brook Park? Donate a tree. Each new Cherry Tree can be purchased for $250 from the Essex County Parks Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Contributions to the foundation are tax-deductible, checks can be made out to “Essex County Parks Foundation” and mailed to the Essex County Parks Foundation, 115 Clifton Avenue, Newark, NJ 07104. Write “Cherry Blossom Campaign” on the memo line of the check. You can also make donations at a “Cherry Blossom Giving Tree” located at the entrance of the Essex County Cherry Blossom Welcome Center. Donations of $250 are recognized with a leaf on the Giving Tree and donations of $1,000 or more are recognized with special plaques on the Giving Tree wall. Donors can choose to have their name inscribed on the Giving Tree or make the contribution in memory of a loved one.

        Play Telephone Thursday at Montclair Art Museum’s “Bloomfield Avenue Hotline”

        BY  |  Sunday, Mar 31, 2013 9:53am  |  COMMENTS (0)

        Play Telephone at Montclair Art Museum's Bloomfield Avenue HotlineBloomfield Avenue connects Montclair and Bloomfield. Bringing the two communities together is The Bloomfield Avenue Hotline, which opens at Montclair Art Museum’s Free First Thursday Night (April 4, 5-9 p.m.).

        The Bloomfield Avenue Hotline is the winner of the first annual Bloomfield Avenue Prize, a joint initiative of the Montclair Art Museum and Bloomfield College. Artists were challenged to develop a project that would unite these two communities and bridge the two campuses physically, symbolically, or both. Thirty-five proposals were submitted; artists Karina Aguilera Skvirsky and Liselot van der Heijden were selected to erect their joint project involving live classic yellow phone booths at each location.

        Artists (l.) Liselot van der Heijden and Karina Aguila Skvirsky

        Artists (l.) Liselot van der Heijden and Karina Aguila Skvirsky

        Two phone booths will be installed: one at the College in the College Library and one at the Museum in Lehman Court, the Museum’s main entrance hall. On Thursday night, users can pick up the phone to hear prerecorded messages based on conversations the artists have had with members from each community. Users can also leave messages that can be heard by others using the phone. The resulting messages will become a portrait of that specific location.

        Also on Thursday, from 8:30 to 9:15 in the Museum’s auditorium, Leir Hall, Montclair Film Festival artistic director Thom Powers will give the first public presentation of the lineup of the 2nd annual event happening later this spring (April 29-May 5). This year’s festival has plans for over 80 films and events, almost doubling in size from last year. Powers will take us behind the scenes of how films are selected and answer questions to give an insider’s look at how this event comes together. Continue Reading

        Happy Easter 2013

        Sunday, Mar 31, 2013 12:12am  |  COMMENTS (6)

        Easter vigil, Immaculate Conception, Montclair

        Easter vigil, Immaculate Conception, Montclair. Photo: James Fitzhenry

        Happy Easter to all our readers who celebrate on this holy day.

        Sacred Heart Church, Broad Street,  Bloomfield.

        Sacred Heart Church, Broad Street, Bloomfield. Photo: Sally Streeter

        Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Mar. 31

        Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 10:17am  |  COMMENTS (0)

        Just six properties are open this Easter Sunday, including the following houses:

        southorange03316 Overhill Rd., South Orange

        List Price: $1,150,000

        Taxes: $32,521

        Acreage: 0.31

        6BR/3BA

        This 16-room Colonial, new to the market, has many large, updated rooms. The kitchen is a highlight, with lots of storage space, a breakfast room and a built-in china cabinet. Other pluses: there is a gas fireplace in the living room, an office on the first floor, a three-season porch, central air and an in-ground heated pool in the backyard. There is a finished basement with a full bar and an attached two-car garage. The house was built in 1950 and is located in the Newstead section of town. Open 1 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

        Glen Ridge Police Get Nixle — A Communication Alert System

        BY  |  Saturday, Mar 30, 2013 7:40am  |  COMMENTS (0)

        Starting in April, the Glen Ridge Police Department will utilize a new communications service to send information directly to residents using the latest technology.

        The Nixle Community Information Service will let Glen Ridge police create and publish messages to be delivered to subscribed residents instantly via cell phone text message and/or email. Notifications can also be accessed online at Nixle’s website.

        Messages may include weather, traffic, crime/safety alerts as well as other relevant safety and community event information. Messages can be targeted to reach residents registered within a 1/4 mile radius, giving them the opportunity to receive trustworthy information relevant only to their neighborhood. Residents can also decide from which local agencies they want to receive information and choose the way in which alerts are received –email, text message, or over the web. Continue Reading

        Film on Beirut Marathon to Play at Uncle Moustache

        BY  |  Friday, Mar 29, 2013 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

        beirutmarathonThe Beirut International Marathon is an annual event that was first held in 2003, when it attracted more than 6,000 runners from 49 different countries and tens of thousands of spectators. Since then it has grown, last year attracting 33,370 thousand runners from 96 countries.

        The race, created by businesswoman May El-Khalil after a near-fatal running accident, has the theme of unity at its core. It reaches out to all sides of Lebanon’s political spectrum, holding a 3-kilometer race for MPs of any political allegiance, as well as members of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon stationed in the country.

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        Blowout Gallery/Rara-Avis Celebrates One Year Anniversary In New GLAM District

        BY  |  Friday, Mar 29, 2013 2:03pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

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        Looking for something fun to do tonight? Come celebrate the one-year anniversary of the gallery formerly known as Blowout. The owners–Charlie Potters, Dino Eulette, and Bill Sakas–will be serving drinks and snacks from 6-9pm on Friday, March 29th to thank friends and patrons for their support. The shop’s new name, Blowout Gallery/Rara-Avis, better reflects what people will find inside, says Potters. Rara-Avis is an unusual, uncommon, or exceptional person or thing.

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        Charlie Potters, co-owner of Blowout Gallery/Rara-Avis.

        The proprietors of the “Clubhouse of Cool” each focus on a particular time period and type of design. Potters is an expert in American folk art and 16th-19th century fine and decorative arts, Eulette specializes in high-style 20th century and mid-century modern, and Sakas is a collector of 20th century toys and other objects, photography, and ephemera. These “three very different sets of eyes” give the carefully curated gallery its distinctive style, says Potters. What the three men have in common is a love of high quality design. “We all enjoy the finer things in life, are passionate about objects, and we’re each a little quirky,” admits Potters. Continue Reading

        Slimming Down Chris Christie

        BY  |  Friday, Mar 29, 2013 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (24)

        christie lettermanChris Christie’s weight is clearly a sensitive subject. Though he’s poked fun of his largess, he’s also inclined to telling others to “shut up” about it. It appears nobody will, though.

        Yesterday, Esquire magazine issued the governor a few tips on how to make his figure appear a little less rotund. The first tip: “Put on a damn jacket” to cover that overhanging gut, “making it look less like you’ve stacked a few extra inner tubes, Michelin Man-style, around your midsection.”

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