Montclair: Blue Mercury Coming, Blue Suede Shoes Going

BY  |  Friday, Feb 28, 2014 4:23pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

blue mercuryThe news is blue today in Montclair. We’re excited to learn that Blue Mercury, the luxury beauty products store and spa destination is coming to 30 South Park Street, where South Park Bar & Grill used to be, (news that will also likely make Siena residents happy, too). Continue Reading

Montclair’s Underdog Film Fest To Screen Oscar Shorts Sunday

BY  |  Friday, Feb 28, 2014 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

underdog“Oscar Shorts – celebrate the Underdog” will once again screen all the Oscar nominated short films (live, animated and documentary) on the day of the Academy Awards, Sunday, March 2nd. Continue Reading

Spin For a Child To Support CASA For Children of Essex County

BY  |  Friday, Feb 28, 2014 1:30pm

Spin for a Child, an indoor cycling fundraiser dedicated to raising funds to support CASA for Children of Essex County, will take place at 3Sixty Cycling and Fitness Studio in Montclair, NJ on Sunday, March 2.

CASA for Children of Essex County (CASA) is an independent, court-authorized non- profit organization that works through specially trained and supervised volunteers to promote the welfare of children in Essex County who have been removed from their homes because of abuse, neglect or abandonment. CASA serves as a foster child’s “voice in court” working to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available while helping to move the child toward a safe and permanent home. Continue Reading

Out of Order Improv Comedy Returns to Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Feb 28, 2014 11:10am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Out of Order Improv ComedyAfter last year’s smash hit and near sellout performance, Out of Order Improv Comedy returns to Studio Players in Montclair for one night only tomorrow,  March 1!

Out of Order has been performing for audiences in NJ and NY for over seven years. They’re a troupe made up of actors, writers, designers, illustrators, painters, waiters, soldiers, nerds, marketers, geeks, artists, musicians and comedians. The group was founded by Kym Frank and along with “OoO” veterans Omar Kozarsky and Jess Prekel, it grew to include current cast members Dave O’Neill (of Montclair), Russ Crespolini and Joe Guadara. Years later, long time friend and fan Jason Victor joined the gang, and most recently, the incomparable Tom Wright. On piano for the improv music scenes, Dr. John Pierce.

So what exactly is Improvsational Comedy?  Allow our friends at Out of Order to explain:

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Snow, Public Assets Dominate Montclair Councilor Hurlock’s Community Meeting

BY  |  Friday, Feb 28, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (8)

Montclair First Ward Councilor William Hurlock at his February 27 community meeting

Montclair First Ward Councilor William Hurlock at his February 27 community meeting

Montclair First Ward Councilor William Hurlock held his sixth community meeting on February 27 at the Bellevue Avenue branch of the Montclair Public Library and fielded questions from the public about various issues, but snow was easily the biggest topic of the evening.  He was joined by Mayor Robert Jackson and Public Works Superintendent Rob Bianco.

Residents expressed frustration with a problem that has become familiar with too many Montclair residents – streets narrowed by snow embankments.  One resident complained that driving through the streets was like going to a maze, and she also expressed displeasure with parked cars taking up too much space.  Officer Frederick Cook, another one of Councilor Hurlock’s guests, said that the police department was working to enforce “no parking” rules along snow embankments, noting that the police have put signs up and have towed several vehicles.  He added that several  of the temporary “NO PARKING” signs have been ignored and even removed. Continue Reading

Indicted Bloomfield Officer On Dashcam Video: “I Was Completely Scared”

BY  |  Friday, Feb 28, 2014 6:49am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Orlando Trinidad, 33, one of the officers indicted on conspiracy, official misconduct and assault, as a result of a Bloomfield police dashcam video arresting Marcus Jeter, talks with ABC’s Sarah Wallace, saying the video doesn’t tell the real story and that he feared for his life. Continue Reading

Montclair’s State Senator Nia Gill Works to Keep NJ at Forefront of Gun Safety

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

State Senators Gill and Weinberg co-sponsored the bill to reduce firearm magazine capacity to 10 rounds.

State Senators Gill and Weinberg co-sponsored the bill to reduce magazine capacity to 10 rounds.

New Jersey State Senator Nia Gill wore her young grandson’s watch, festooned with cartoon characters, during Monday’s press conference in Trenton to announce a bill to limit the size of an ammunition magazine to 10, down from 15. As parents of children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in December of 2012 looked on, Senator Gill mentioned the watch as she spoke of the motivation for the bill and the bond she shares with parents who have lost children to gun violence.

State leadership was joined in Trenton by gun violence prevention advocates, including Montclair representation from groups like Bluewave NJ, Ceasefire NJ, and the NJ Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.  Also present were directors of The Sandy Hook Promise, Newtown, CT parents who lost children in the Sandy Hook 2012 tragedy. Continue Reading

The Weekend: Beatles, Flamenco, Jazz and More

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

There are some great happenings this first weekend of March.

Don’t forget about Montclair Film Festival’s Oscars’ Eve Party on Saturday and the book signing events in town: The Forgotten History of African American Baseball and Fusion Food in the Vegan Kitchen.

Here are other weekend highlights:

beatlemania again

Beatlemania Again! performs at Morris Museum in Morristown on Friday night. The National Touring Beatles Stage Show celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Beatles debut on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 and chronologically traces the Beatles’ career from Ed Sullivan to the psychedelic Sgt. Pepper era, to the final years of Abbey Road and Let It Be.

Beatlemania Again!

Friday, February 28 at 8 pm

Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ

Tickets are $20  and can be purchased by calling 973.971.3706

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Montclair Film Festival Announces Winner of 2014 Official Poster Contest

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

jennifer langeThe Montclair Film Festival (MFF) in partnership with The Montclair Art Museum (MAM) has named Jennifer Lange of Bloomfield the winner of their 2014 Official Poster Contest.

Jen Lange, who also happens to provide craft content for Barista Kids, and her husband have been active members of the community for the past 12 years.  

This was the first time Jen submitted a design in the MFF poster competition, in its third year,  after a friend suggested she take a go at it.

Jen, who studied digital imaging in college and ran her own graphic design business, tells Baristanet why she did just that.

“I grew up going to film festivals. This contest allowed me to pursue my old love, and I had such a great time creating for the contest,” she said.

Jen said her primary goal when designing the poster was to “reflect in print the joy and good feeling living here gives me.” She added, “I wanted the poster to look like Montclair, and to evoke positive emotion.”

She accomplished that by including distinct town landmarks in her design,  such as the Edgemont Park statue, Montclair Art Museum, the Clairidge Theater, to name a few. See for yourself in an exclusive unveiling:

And the 2014 Montclair Film festival Poster is…..

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Montclair Internist Pleads Guilty To Taking Bribes in Test-Referral Scheme

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 6:38am  |  COMMENTS (5)

pine street medAn internist with a practice in Montclair, admitted yesterday to accepting bribes in exchange for test referrals as part of a long-running scheme operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC (BLS), of Parsippany, N.J., its president and numerous associates, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced.

Charles Goldberg, 60, of West Orange, N.J., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count of accepting bribes. Continue Reading

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