Grape Expectations – A Great Night For Montclair Library!

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Little Daisy Bake Shop's sweet tribute.

Little Daisy Bake Shop’s sweet tribute.

Montclair came together Saturday night to share a love for books, wine, books about wine and of course, the Montclair Library.

The Dickens-themed Grape Expectations wine event with New York Times food and wine critic Eric Asimov was a sold-out affair to benefit the Montclair Library Foundation. Asimov started the evening off with a user-friendly master class where he stressed the importance of simply enjoying wine, getting away from what can seem pretentious and making the experience of tasting and learning about wine more accessible. He also shared how he first became obsessed with wine and other anecdotes from “How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto.”

Asimov’s talk was paired with a quartet of tastings selected by Sharon Sevrens of Amanti Vino and matched to small bites constructed artfully by Ariane Duarte of Culinariane. (Two favorites in the master class flight — a 2011 Chateau Simone Palette Rose, Provence, at $61.99 and a more economically priced 2012 Sigalas Santorini Assytiko/Athiri Blend at $17.99)

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Montclair Police Makes Multiple Arrests in Connection with Graffiti Vandalism

BY  |  Monday, Sep 30, 2013 4:22pm  |  COMMENTS (78)

dapMontclair Police announce charges have been filed against three individuals following a lengthy investigation with assistance from detectives in the Juvenile Aid Bureau into numerous criminal acts of graffiti around town. The arrests were the result of an investigation conducted by our Juvenile Aid Bureau after linking similar markings throughout the Township, Todd Conforti, Deputy Chief of Police reports, adding that the individuals involved in this rash of vandalism caused thousands of dollars of damage to both public and private property.

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September Home Sales: Montclair, Glen Ridge, Bloomfield

Monday, Sep 30, 2013 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (7)

Montclair Home SalesHere’s a selection of homes that closed in September: Continue Reading

Montclair Film Festival Announces 2014 Dates

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Montclair Film Festival Announces 2014 Dates Mark your calendar — the Montclair Film Festival turns three on April 28-May 4, 2014!

The 2014 festival will build on 2013’s success of more than 14,000 attendees who viewed over 80 films and events, including selected world and New Jersey premieres. A favorite category, New Jersey Spotlight, provides a platform for dozens of talented and up-and-coming filmmakers from New Jersey to exhibit new work as does its sister category, “New Jersey Shorts.” Other categories include “Music On Film,” a special Family section, “African American Stories,” Narrative Film,” “Documentaries” and “Comedy” among others to be announced when the Festival lineup is set. Continue Reading

Glen Ridge Crime: Robber Throws Victim To Ground, Steals Cell Phone

Monday, Sep 30, 2013 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Glen Ridge Crime: Robber Throws Victim To Ground For Cell PhoneLast week’s crime in Glen Ridge from Lieutenant Fred Egnezzo:

Date/Time: 9/20/2013 @ 12:41 AM

Incident: Robbery

Description: Officers were dispatched to the area of Bloomfield Ave. and Hillside Ave. on a report of a robbery that had just occurred. The victim walked into headquarters and reported that a man approached him asking where a bus stop is, at that time the victim was thrown to the ground a cell phone was taken by the suspect who fled the scene. Officers checked the area for the suspect with negative results. Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact the Glen Ridge Detective Bureau at 973-748-5400. Continue Reading

Early Montclair and the Italianates

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Without a doubt, it was the lovely architecture that originally lured me, like many others, into the area of Montclair. Like many homes in the area, mine is an old, yet beautiful, cash suck. My house is an Italianate built most likely in 1840, according to my friend Frank Godlewski, aka the House Whisperer, aka Frank GG, as a second and or third country home to a wealthy NYC family. Yes–an Italianate not a Victorian.  A lesser known style usually characterized by its low pitched roofs, deep eaves and long rounded windows mimicking Italian villas of the day.

Victorian may the most misused stylistic-buzzword that most architecture buffs find maddening. A blanket term thrown over everything from the 19th century and a bit after. Look, a curly Q — it must be Victorian. Flocked wallpaper — must be Victorian. Flock of Seagulls—while probably never referred to as Victorian, having popped out a century later, they are a perfect example of British style, that with new and improved technology (hair gel), took the States by storm. Continue Reading

Planners Recognize Montclair Center as 2013 Great Place in New Jersey

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Planners Recognize Montclair Center as 2013 Great Place in New Jersey More accolades for Montclair — Montclair Center, the downtown of Montclair, has been named a Great Place in New Jersey for 2013 by the American Planning Association-New Jersey Chapter (APA-NJ). Great Places in New Jersey recognizes unique and exemplary downtowns, streets, neighborhoods and public spaces – four essential components of exceptional communities. Montclair Center’s honor in the new Great Downtown category follows the recognition of Church Street as a Great Street in 2012, the program’s first year.

“The people of Montclair are thrilled that APA-NJ has again honored us by recognizing Montclair Center as a Great Place in New Jersey,” said Montclair Mayor Robert D. Jackson. “The Township’s 360 or so retail and dining establishments are testaments to how hard our merchants, property owners and Business Improvement District work in concert to be business friendly and to capture and hold the interest of residents and visitors alike.” Continue Reading

UPDATE: Fatality at Mountain Ave Train Station in Upper Montclair

BY  |  Monday, Sep 30, 2013 7:18am  |  COMMENTS (22)

 Mountain Avenue train station

Update: 2:20 pm: William Smith of NJ Transit, has given us the following update:

Investigation by NJ Transit police is still ongoing. The man who was fatally struck  has been identified as David N. Levy, 43, of Montclair


Update: 9:14 am:

Cross-honoring along the Montclair-Boonton Line is no longer in effect.

Update 8:24 am: William Smith from NJ Transit spoke to Baristanet with an information update:

The trespasser fatality occurred at approximately 6:45 am at the train crossing at Laurel Street. At this time, there is no positive identification of the adult male fatality. There were approx. 400 customers on board the Hoboken-bound train at the time of the accident. No customers or train crew were injured.

Update: 7:50 am: Police have Laurel Place blocked off from Valley Road, where they are on the scene at the Mountain Avenue Train Station.

At 7:05 am this morning, Breaking News Network sent out the following message: “NJ| Essex| Montclair| *Fatal Person Struck By Train*| Upper Montclair Station| Montclair/Boonton Line service is suspended in both directions due to a person that was struck by a train near the station.

We’ll update as we learn more. 

NJ Transit Montclair/Boonton Line service is suspended both ways:

Breaking Bad Series Finale – Who Are You Rooting For, What Will You Miss?

BY  |  Sunday, Sep 29, 2013 5:21pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Breaking Bad Series FinaleWill you say goodbye to Walter White, Jesse Pinkman, Saul, Skyler and the gang and watch what’s being dubbed a shocking, satisfying ending for the Breaking Bad series finale (which would be good for all the folks still unhappy with Sopranos fade to black ending)? Continue Reading

Cat Found On Liberty Street, Bloomfield

Sunday, Sep 29, 2013 1:37pm  |  COMMENTS (8)

lost cat bloomfieldA reader, Mary, writes…

I have been feeding this neutered very clean male cat since July and have not been able to locate the owner.(despite multiple postings on facebook and word of mouth). Found on Liberty Street in Bloomfield, last block next to Berkley. He is very social, vocal and follows us around our property. I cannot take him in as I have 4 other cats–although he has walked into my house as if he belongs there! Continue Reading

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Watched a Montclair Animal Control officer pick up an injured red tail hawk a few months back. She made it look easier then picking up a kitten. It was impressive. The talons on that thing were scary.

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