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
Have 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.
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
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.”
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
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.
Montclair High’s Green Action Club held the first annual recycled art contest at Montclair High School. There were many phenomenal entries but the winning entry was submitted by Isabel Kashi.
The students were required to make a piece of art that was no larger than a cubic foot and incorporated at least two recycled elements in to their design. The entries were then judged by a team of judges. The key points which the entries were judged on were aesthetic appeal, creativity, usage of materials and uniqueness of the entry. The contest was designed to show students what could happen when they reused and recycled, and what a big impact such a small action can have. The contest was successful, with the first place winner winning a Montclair High pride basket generously sponsored by the MFEE.
For more information about the club or the contest, please email here. The Green Action club is dedicated to raising environmental awareness and activism at Montclair High School.
Josephine Emanuelli is a sophomore at Montclair High School.
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.
Watchung Elementary School, Montclair’s science and technology magnet, held its 2nd Annual Science Summit last Thursday delighting and inspiring students and encouraging them to be curious and critical thinkers.
Smoke rings knocked plastic cups oﬀ students’ heads, taste buds were tricked, hand-made rockets launched at a speed of 136 miles per hour, angry birds ﬂew through the air, and students got a chance to ride a hovercraft. It was a day of interactive science experiments aimed to delight, surprise and inspire students. Watchung teachers led classroom discussions on the science behind each experiment.
“This event takes a year of planning and many hours designing the experiments,” said Watchung PTA President and Science Summit Chair, Stephanie Troeller. “Seeing the excitement and hearing the cheers from students is so satisfying. Our parents and teachers did a fabulous job.”