Montclair State University In Line to Receive $93.8 Million from NJ State Funding Sources

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Montclair State University is poised to receive $93.8 million in State of New Jersey bond funding to expand the academic and research facilities and to upgrade the technology infrastructure at New Jersey’s second largest university.

Governor Chris Christie yesterday announced that New Jersey State Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks has sent to the Legislature a list of 176 higher education construction projects totaling $1.3 billion. The recommended list includes funding for the construction of two state-of-the-art buildings at Montclair State to support growing academic and research needs in the areas of science and business. These funds from the Building Our Future Bond Act (which New Jersey voters approved in November 2012) will allow the University to begin construction in late summer on a Center for Environmental and Life Sciences and a new high-tech home for the School of Business. Continue Reading

Need Some Color Guidance? Amy Wax Has An App For That

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color 911 app autumnHave you ever fallen in love with a color? I have—the cool turquoise of the dishes my grandmother used when I was a child.

Color guru Amy Wax of Montclair has just released an app, Color 911, that lets you re-create your favorite colors, select colors from existing palettes, and edit your colors to adjust the hue, saturation, or brightness. You can also organize your personal color palettes into folders with notes, and share with friends, family, decorators, and clients via email, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

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Grandma Hawkins’ dishes.

The award-winning color consultant told me I could use a photograph of my grandmother’s dishes (which I fortunately inherited) with her app to shop for napkins or wall paint in the same shade, or in coordinating colors. “When it comes to choosing colors, what people really long for is direction,” says Wax. “This app provides that for however you use color in your life.” Continue Reading

Montclair Special Budget Hearing Tonight, Town Released 2013 Introduced Municipal Budget

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 4:09pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Reminder — tonight is a special budget hearing meeting in Montclair. Today, the town released the 2013 Introduced Municipal Budget.

#MFF13 Opening Night Hits A High Note With “Twenty Feet From Stardom”

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Darlene Love performs at opening night of Montclair Film Festival 2013. Photo: Montclair Film Festival

Darlene Love performs at opening night of Montclair Film Festival 2013. Photo: Montclair Film Festival

Montclair Film Festival started its first night of the 2013 Festival on a joyous high note — both from a screening of the film “Twenty Feet From Stardom” and an ebullient performance of “Lean on Me” by the incomparable Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Darlene Love, at Montclair State’s Kasser Theater.

As “Twenty Feet” director Morgan Neville tells it (in a Q & A following the screening, joined by Love and Montclair Film Festival’s Thom Powers) former A&M Records’ Gil Friesen smoked a joint before going to a Leonard Cohen concert and found himself transfixed, not by the headliner, but by the backup singers.

“He woke up the next day wondering ‘What’s their story?’” recalls Neville, who adds that Friesen, the force behind the film who sadly passed away before its premiere, said the resulting documentary was the “most expensive joint he ever smoked.”

#MFF13 Opens On A High Note With "Twenty Feet From Stardom"You know their voices, but Twenty Feet from Stardom put you in touch with the names, faces and stories of backup singers responsible for creating some of music’s most incredible moments. Exploring both the history (with ample help from music historian Warren Zanes, because as Neville points out, “There was no map for this film. It was even hard to find articles about back up singers”) and the lives of backup singers, the film showcases Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Tata Vega, Judith Hill and Claudia Lennear. Many of these women are now finding their own spotlight. Continue Reading

UPDATED: Multiple Stabbings Near Elm Street In Montclair Last Night

Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (20)


Detective Sgt. Wilhelm Young told Baristanet the attacks “can’t be labeled as random acts, at least not at this point.” The stabbings  occurred around 11:30pm on Fulton Street–a couple of houses west of Miller Street, says Young. The four victims, who were walking together before the attack, said they “couldn’t ID anyone,” according to Young. It was not clear whether the victims knew the attackers, or whether the faces of the attackers were visible. Young says it was also unclear how many attackers there were, putting the number at “two or more.” The victims were released from UMDNJ this morning. “Montclair is a safe town, but everyone should always be aware of their surroundings,” said Young.

Last night in Montclair, police were called to Elm Street on reports of a stabbing. The three victims could not identify their attackers, and say the attack was unprovoked.

From the Montclair Police Dept: Continue Reading

Montclair Film Festival: Showcasing Film Shorts By MSU Students

Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 1:18pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Montclair State University’s School of Communication and Media will present its annual student-produced short film showcase at the Montclair Film Festival.

“NJ Shorts: New Visions from MSU” – will take place on Friday, May 3rd at 7:00pm at the Bellevue Cinema 4 Theater in Montclair. Tickets to this event are $12.50 and can be purchased through the Montclair Film Festival website. From the MSU website:

“NJ Shorts: New Visions from MSU” is comprised of nine of the top short films created by students from Montclair State University’s Filmmaking BFA Program over the last year. This eclectic and impressive collection of films runs the gamut from a ‘neo-silent’ black comedy to two films dealing with children enduring the heartache of parental alcoholism and an endearing story about an elderly couple renewing lost love. Although the films’ creators are college students and recent graduates, the films are deeply compelling and possess first-rate production values of the highest caliber.

Body Found in Edgewater Is Bloomfield’s Nycal Velasquez

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Cliffview Pilot reports that the body of Nycal Velasquez, the Bloomfield man authorities had been investigating as missing, was found on the shore of the Hudson River shore over the weekend. Continue Reading

Town Wants To Honor Buzz Aldrin, Who Returns To Montclair For Mission To Mars Book Event

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Buzz Aldrin Returns To Montclair For Mission To Mars Book Event Montclair moonwalker Buzz Aldrin returns to his hometown to speak at Montclair Library on Sunday, June 2 (2-3 p.m.). Aldrin will speak about his book, Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration at the event, presented by Watchung Booksellers and the library (RSVP at the store at 973-744-7177 or at the Montclair Public Library). Aldrin will discuss a vision for taking humans to Mars by 2035.

Aldrin’s visit to Montclair poses the perfect opportunity for the town to finally show Montclair’s famous Princeton Place resident (who we also loved on 30 Rock — “I walked on your face!”) some love. Second Ward councilor Robin Schlager confirms the town is working on some way for the town to honor Aldrin, possibly coinciding with his visit (Buzz Aldrin Day perhaps?).

“We have no formal plans with Buzz at this time,” says Robin Schlager. “But we’re working on it.” Continue Reading

Former Teacher Of The Year Spared Jail Time On Sex Charge

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 8:10am  |  COMMENTS (12)

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Ex-West Orange High School teacher Erica DePalo, who admits having sex with a 15-year-old student from her honors English class, was sentenced to lifetime parole supervision by a Newark judge yesterday. The 33-year-old Montclair resident and former Essex County Teacher of the Year was charged with aggravated sexual assault, and could’ve faced up to 10 years in prison if convicted. According to the Associated Press: Continue Reading

Montclair Crime: Attempted Carjacker Says ” I Don’t Want to Kill You. I Just Want Your Car”

Monday, Apr 29, 2013 4:43pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Yesterday, a man brandishing a gun attempted to carjack a 2006 Toyota on Claremont Place in Montclair but the driver, an 87-year-old male, refused his request.

The owner of the vehicle had just parked at around 11:50 a.m., but before he could get out of his vehicle, he was approached by an unidentified male party whom he described as a black male, early 20s, no facial hair, approx 5’8”-5’10” tall, thin build, approx 150 lbs., wearing gray pants, black jacket and a ball cap.

The man asked asked the victim if he was waiting for a friend and then asked for a dollar. Then he asked the victim to open the car door so he could show him something. The would-be carjacker blocked the open door with his leg and opened his jacket to show what the victim described as a handgun with a black handle. He then stated “I don’t want to kill you; I just want your car.”

The victim took the keys out of the ignition and denied the vehicle to the actor. The actor then walked away from the scene, reportedly towardClaremont Avenue and then west on Claremont Avenue toward Grove Street with no further incident.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact Det. Cunningham of the MPD Detective Bureau at 973-509-4716. Your information will remain confidential.

And more police blotter from DLt. Angel Roman, Montclair Police Department Continue Reading

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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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