Police Say Upper Montclair Man Threatened Group With Machete on Thanksgiving

Saturday, Nov 30, 2013 3:12pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

New Milford police say an Upper Montclair man threatened a group of people with a machete after being excluded from Thanksgiving festivities. Joseph Hoo, 48, was charged with unlawful weapons possession, terroristic threats and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, the Star Ledger reports. Continue Reading

November Home Sales: Montclair, Glen Ridge, Bloomfield

Saturday, Nov 30, 2013 12:26pm  |  COMMENTS (17)

 86 Warren Place, Montclair

86 Warren Place, Montclair

Here’s a selection of homes that closed in November:

Montclair

2 Franklin Ave. Listed: $399,000. Sold: $402,000

535 Upper Mountain Ave. Listed: $449,000. Sold: $475,000

193 Inwood Ave. Listed: $565,000. Sold: $605,550

29 Windermere Listed: $595,000. Sold: $627,300

176 Gordonhurst Ave. Listed: $599,000. Sold: $585,000

24 Bellaire Dr. Listed: $599,000. Sold: $675,000

86 Warren Place Listed: $799,000. Sold: $799,000

87 Lloyd Rd. Listed: $899,900. Sold: $956,000

346 Park St. Listed: $935,000. Sold: $1,052,100 Continue Reading

Elf on the Shelf To Visit Turtle Back Zoo This December

BY  |  Saturday, Nov 30, 2013 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Elf on the ShelfElf on the Shelf – the special elf sent from the North Pole to help Santa manage his naughty and nice lists – will be making daily appearances throughout Decemebr on the Turtle Back Zoo Facebook page.

Each morning from December 1 through December 24, a photo of the Elf in a unique Turtle Back Zoo location – in an exhibit, on the grounds, with an animal – will appear on the Zoo’s Facebook page. Parents can tune in daily to share the fun photo with their children, and to get a reminder to move their own elf to a new location at home!

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Where to Cut or Buy Real a Christmas Tree

BY  |  Saturday, Nov 30, 2013 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Where to Cut or Buy a Real Christmas Tree

If you celebrate Christmas, you’re getting ready to put up the tree (unless you’re an early bird and did it the day after Thanksgiving.) If you prefer the real deal and would never go artificial, you’re in luck. Around here, or not too far away, there are many choices. Want to go rustic? Head out to western Jersey or up to the border of New York state for a true cut-it-yourself tree experience. Looking for a quick pick-and-wrap experience? We’ve got you covered.

Here are places where you can cut or buy a real Christmas tree:

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Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day 2013

BY  |  Friday, Nov 29, 2013 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

take your child to the bookstore day

On Saturday, December 7, the annual Take Your Child To a Bookstore Day takes place, celebrating neighborhood bookstores and the love of reading.

Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day was created by Jenny Milchman, a local mom and author. Milchman loves bookstores. In fact, every summer, she packs her family in the car and they drive across the country visiting independent bookstores and spreading the word about Take Your Child to A Bookstore Day. Why? Because, explains Milchman:

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Ditch The Malls, Shop For A Cause at Montclair Center for Festive Saturdays

BY  |  Friday, Nov 29, 2013 9:41am  |  COMMENTS (0)

1130 cover copyMontclair Center’s Festive Saturdays continue tomorrow with Shop for a Cause day. Merchants have chosen charities close to their heart to support for the day. They are doing so by either creating a sale around donations or acting as a hub for donations for the Saturday. The charities range from local organizations like Toni’s Kitchen or The Human Needs Food Pantry to international charities like World Cares or Red Cross’ Hurricane Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund. Continue Reading

Local Santa Photo-Ops

BY  |  Friday, Nov 29, 2013 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Santa

Taking pictures with Santa is a yearly tradition, even if it means a photo of a screaming, terrified child on St. Nick’s lap. I’m so lucky to be invited to a close friend’s annual holiday kick-off party. Santa is the honored guest and my girls get to sit on his lap and share their wish list. I’m happy because I get great photos with no lines.

If you’re not as lucky, you can find Santa at our town tree lightings or even have him come to your home thanks to the Montclair PBA, but is a list of local Santa Photo-ops (and one with Mrs. Claus!):

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Montclair’s Pig & Prince Donates 400 Meals For Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving Feast

Friday, Nov 29, 2013 7:33am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Pig & Prince Restaurant & Gatrolounge

Recovering from preparing Thanksgiving for your family? Imagine if you had to feed 400.

Michael Carrino, chef/partner of Pig & Prince Restaurant & Gatrolounge in Montclair, donated 400 traditional Thanksgiving Day meals to the Salvation Army to feed the local hungry. Major Larry Ashcraft arrived Thanksgiving morning to accept the donation. Continue Reading

The Weekend: What’s Happening After Thanksgiving

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Small Business Saturday

You have an extra long holiday weekend after Thanksgiving. What to do? Personally, I eat leftovers, attend a close friend’s annual holiday kick off party, and start decorating for Christmas.

But if you enjoy shopping on Black Friday, avoid the crowds by staying local:

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Thankful for the Good China, and the Paper Plates

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (3)

Thanksgiving paper plates - 8Except for maybe twice, I have spent the last 27 Thanksgivings with my husband Frank’s family. Even if I’d wanted to jet off to Las Vegas where my parents retired, distance, logistics, pregnancy, babies or work intervened.

The first Thanksgiving, we had been (on and off) dating for just a few months and I hoped the invitation signaled that we were serious this time. My job wouldn’t allow me time enough to make the 2700 mile round trip, and I was missing my family.

And though I probably should have known better—I’d been at his parent’s home a few times before—perhaps I was expecting (wishing?) to find something akin to what I’d grown up with: a holiday table draped in a linen tablecloth, laid with the good china, relatives in fancy dress, the football game on but not blasting, everyone in a state of heightened busyness and atwitter with celebration, the cut glass bowls waiting on the sideboard.

I arrived at Frank’s parent’s house in heels, wearing a new outfit, my hair and make-up just so, bearing a bouquet of flowers and a plate of home-made brownies (a last minute adjustment, figuring a bakery bought cake might send the signal that I wasn’t domestic). My future father-in-law greeted me in the jeans he wore that summer to tend the garden, my mother-in-law wore a sweat suit. Someone was setting out paper plates, the television was pulled up near the dining room table. There was a general air of relaxed comfort, as if this was just an ordinary Sunday afternoon, which I mistook for a lack of interest in the occasion. Continue Reading

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