NJPAC Moves Sheila E Sounds of The City Performance Inside Tomorrow Night

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 5:11pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Sheila EKeeping one step ahead of the rain clouds, NJPAC will relocate the Thursday, August 1 free concert by acclaimed percussionist and singer Sheila E. to the  2,800-seat Prudential Hall.  For the first time, NJPAC is moving a Horizon Foundation Sounds of the City performance from the outdoor Theater Square into Prudential Hall, rather than cancel the event due to anticipated inclement weather. You can’t lead the Glamorous Life when you’re drenched in the rain.

All tickets are free and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 4 pm, Thursday, August 1.  Tickets will be available in front of the NJPAC Rotunda, One Center Street in downtown Newark. All seating will be general admission, and patrons must be present to receive a ticket.  Performances will begin at 5:15 pm, with Sheila E. taking the stage at 6:30 pm.  The opening act will be New Jersey singer and songwriter Joanna Burns.

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Grape Expectations Food and Wine Fundraiser to Offer The Best of Times

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 2:45pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

Grape ExpectationsAttention Foodies, Oenophiles and Bibliophiles! You’ll want to save the date for the Grape Expectations Food and Wine event in support of the Montclair Public Library on Saturday, September 28.

The unique wine and food event with a ‘Twist’ will celebrate the works of Charles Dickens with a night of wine, food and fun. Eric Asimov, chief wine critic for The New York Times and the author of “How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto,” will attend. Amanti Vino work with Mr. Asimov to select an array of interesting wines for the event. Local chefs—Michael Carrino from Pig and Prince Gastropub, Mark Papera of Fricassee, Jennifer Snyder of The Little Daisy Bake Shop, Grace Grund of Terra, 12 West, CulinAriane and more—have signed on to create dishes inspired by the works of Charles Dickens to delight supporters at the fundraiser.

Other local businesses, like Baristanet and Barista Kids, are signing on as sponsors to show their support for our community library which supports our whole town. Volunteers are also joining in to share their energy and talents. If you would like to help at the event, please contact Jennifer Dorr  or Eileen Lundberg.

Ticket information will be released in mid-August. More exciting details to come!

UPDATE: Missing Dog from Brookdale Section of Bloomfield

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 1:31pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

missing dogUPDATE: Pinchu was found at the shelter!

A reader’s dog went missing today from his home in the Brookdale section of Bloomfield:

My dog went missing today from our backyard. His name is Pinchu—he answer to his name (pinch-U)—and he’s an Australian Shepard. He is chipped and a patient of Dr. Cameron’s Animal Hospital.

Email owner here with any information.

Newest Kid on The Block is Old School: Cucina 98 Opens for Weekday Lunch

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Cucina 98Bite Me isn’t going to be enough on Walnut Street any more; you’re going to want to sit down and finish the entire plate. Cucina 98, a cozy eatery tucked in the front of Corso 98′s kitchen, is now open Tuesdays through Fridays for lunch. After a soft opening last week, Lisa Marie and Elio, the power-couple behind Corso 98, are in full swing with sandwiches, salads, detoxifying water, and the deepest, most wonderful iced espresso in town for those who stop in to the tiny but tasty lunch spot.

Those who have enjoyed a meal at Corso 98 will recognize familiar items like the fantastic ravioli and lasagne, homemade with the freshest of ingredients. However, simpler items like a chicken salad wrap and a truly delicious eggplant sandwich are the perfect lunch to stay or take-away. The space is bright and welcoming, but small. Owner and operator Lisa Marie said she’d happily open up the Corso 98 dining room if needed.

On my first visit during Cucina 98′s opening week, I took home the Eggplant Sandwich ($8). I take lunch seriously, and the sweetness of the eggplant together with the tartness of the goat cheese and greens over the crunch of the pine nuts fulfilled my expectations. I meant to save some for my husband to try, but he went without. Next time.

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Bloomfield Crime: Armed Robberies, Carjacking, Lots of Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The following Bloomfield crime report  for the week of  7/29 provided by Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:


07-26-2013 – On Ella St. a residence was broken into through a rear window. A 40 inch television and a women’s pocketbook were taken.



On July 27th & 28th, between the hours of 10:00 pm and 8:00 am, loose change was stolen from several vehicles on Highfield Rd., Davis Ave., and Haines Dr.



07-24-2013 – On the 200 block of Montgomery St. a 2000 Nissan with N.J. license plates was stolen.

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Montclair Jazz Festival: Hear Live Music, See Live Music, Be Live Music

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (4)

Montclair Jazz FestivalIn a town that has a film festival and a  food and wine festival, you gotta have a jazz festival. And Montclair has one—an amazing one with the 4th annual Montclair Jazz Festival Saturday. The full day of swinging music happens on Saturday, August 17 in Nishuane Park from noon to 8 pm. — and yes, this is a first — there will be a beer garden!

Produced by Jazz House Kids under the direction of its jazz powerhouse duo—jazz vocalist & recording artist Melissa Walker and with creative direction from bass virtuoso Christian McBride—the Montclair Jazz Festival features world-class artistry in a family-friendly environment.

“It’s been exciting to see how in just a few short years, our festival has blossomed into one of New Jersey’s significant summer music events with more than 3,500 in attendance,” says Melissa Walker, president and founder of Jazz House Kids.  “Montclair, known for its arts scene, now has a jazz festival to add to its cultural offerings.”

The 2013 Line  up includes:

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Dog Found in Glen Ridge, Being Held at Bloomfield Shelter

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 7:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

dog foundTipster sent in this info and photo:

This dog was found on Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. on Highland Avenue in Glen Ridge. He’s got no tags but is wearing a red bandana and a choke collar. The GRPD arranged for him to be held at the Bloomfield Animal Shelter. Police said he is friendly and tame, clearly someone’s pet.

Three Men Arrested In Bloomfield Gas Station Robbery

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 6:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Three men were arrested in connection with a late-night robbery of a Bloomfield gas station.

Nana A Osei-Bonsu, 18, of Bloomfield; Khaalid A. Gray, 19 of Newark; and Bashir Sutton, 19, of Orange were arrested and charged with possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, receiving stolen property, robbery and conspiracy.

Police say Sutton and Gray entered a gas station in 400 block of Bloomfield Ave. at approximately 11:54 pm and confronted the attendant, who was counting money in a back office. Gray allegedly pointed a handgun at the attendant, demanding he turn over the two envelopes of money. Police say the attendant resisted and a struggle ensued. Khaalid allegedly assaulted the attendant who was trying to activate the alarm, while Sutton allegedly tried to open the cash register. Believing the suspects had stolen the envelopes of money he had been counting, the victim watched as the suspects ran from the gas station, across Bloomfield Ave. and into Watsessing Park. Continue Reading

NJ Women’s Pro Soccer Team: Final Home Game Of Season On Saturday

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 6:02pm  |  COMMENTS (1)


All photos courtesy of Howard C. Smith

Soccer fans won’t want to miss the Sky Blue FC game this Saturday, the last home contest of the regular season for the Jersey-based professional women’s soccer team. Sky Blue, currently holding second place in the newly-formed National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) will battle the Washington Spirit on Yurcak Field at 7pm. The playing field is located on Rutgers’ campus in Piscataway, NJ–only about a 45 minute drive from Montclair.


Jersey girls Christie Rampone (defender, and captain of both Sky Blue and the U.S. Women’s National  Team) and Jill Loyden (goalie, see spotlight video on her below) are popular players on Sky Blue. “Christie, Jill and all our players are very personable and generous with their fans. They’re happy to stay after the game and sign autographs,”

says Cristine Wilson, Community Relations Manager for the team. “It’s a great opportunity for young girls to meet them. I would’ve done anything to be near the great female soccer players as a girl growing up playing the game.” Continue Reading

Ten Thousand Dollars Worth Of Jewelry And Cash Stolen From Several Montclair Homes Last Week

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 2:28pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Thieves stole a total of about ten thousand dollars worth of jewelry and cash–including $3,000 worth of jewelry that was allegedly taken during an open house–from Montclair homes over the last week. In other news, a woman was arrested for allegedly making “terroristic threats” to a NJ Transit bus driver.

Here’s more information on those and other crimes, provided by Detective Lieutenant Angel L. Roman Jr., Detective Bureau Commander, Montclair Police Department, for the week of 07-23-2013:


On 7/23/2013 at 1950 hours, Officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Montclair Avenue on the report of a burglary that had occurred. Upon arrival Officers met and interviewed the homeowner. The homeowner stated that while he was in the back yard cutting the grass someone entered his home. The homeowner found the dresser drawers in his bedroom open and multiple pieces of jewelry missing. The estimated value of the jewelry taken is $3,785.00. Anyone having information regarding this incident can contact Det. Turner at 973-509-4724. Continue Reading

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