Experience Fluid Metamorphosis at Montclair’s 73 See Gallery

Monday, Jun 30, 2014 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

“Cosmic Fluid Energy”, Latex on Canvas, 60” x 36”; © Monika Smerdel

“Cosmic Fluid Energy”, Latex on Canvas, 60” x 36”; © Monika Smerdel

Montclair’s 73 See Gallery is showing Fluid Metamorphosis.

Monika’s Smerdel’s paintings are realized as she meanders between her inner world latent with personal thoughts, feelings and dreams and the external environment rich with visual stimulus (real and imagined) where color and light, texture and sound invade her day-to-day existence. Organic in feeling and approach, each layer of paint acts as a unique cell that finds presence in attaching to the fluidity that came before it.

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A Little Monet in Maplewood

BY  |  Monday, Jun 30, 2014 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

monet1On Saturday, June 28, the Maplewood Garden Club cut the ribbon on the new footbridge over the Hilton Library Rain Garden. It was a beautiful day and it’s a lovely bridge — but the reason it exists at all is a bunch of muddy footprints.

As the MGC’s Kathy Kohlman explained in her speech at the dedication ceremony, the rain garden had been built amidst the big weather events of 2011, and when the last snows cleared there were tons of muddy footprints tracking back and forth across the garden. It was meant to be a community space, but the club wanted to keep the community’s feet from trampling on the garden’s plants and flowers. Continue Reading

NJ Spotlight: Will Chris Christie’s House of Cards Collapse?

BY  |  Monday, Jun 30, 2014 11:02am  |  COMMENTS (43)

House of CardsNJ Spotlight analyzes Christie’s chances for a presidentail run:

Looking at Gov. Chris Christie’s schedule in the days leading up to last week’s budget battle, you would think he didn’t have a care in the world as he continues to gear up for a 2016 presidential bid:

“Dad Dancing” with Jimmy Fallon, showing off the results of his “less is more” lap-band diet

Blaming Obama for Iraq in front of the Faith and Freedom Coalition in Washington

Raising money for the Republican candidate for governor in New Hampshire, the first primary state

Telling former Romney donors in Utah he isn’t “worried” about Bridgegate

Playing nine innings of “celebrity softball” in Yankee Stadium with Boomer and Carton so they can talk about it on WFAN for days. Continue Reading

Bloomfield Avenue Complete Corridor Plan Presented at Bloomfield College

BY  |  Monday, Jun 30, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (3)

Mike DiGeronimo presents update of the Bloomfield Avenue Complete Corridor Plan.

Mike DiGeronimo presents update of the Bloomfield Avenue Complete Corridor Plan.

Members of Together North Jersey presented proposed solutions to five problematic intersections along Bloomfield Avenue as part of an update on the Bloomfield Avenue Complete Corridor Plan on June 26 at Bloomfield College’s Science Hall.

The update was provided as part of an open house/workshop meeting that was held from 5 to 8 p.m. Residents and other interested parties were invited to provide input into the possible solutions offered to improve the five intersections. The goal of the proposed changes is to make Bloomfield Avenue more supportive to everyone who uses it, including pedestrians, bicyclists, commuters and shoppers, as well as drivers. Continue Reading

Photos Released of Possible Witnesses To West Orange Homicide (Updated)

BY  |  Sunday, Jun 29, 2014 10:04am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Update: Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura today announced that his department’s Crimestoppers cash reward offer in the shooting death of Brendan Tevlin has been increased to “up to $25,000″.

West Orange Police and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office are looking for help from the public to identify possible witnesses to the Wednesday evening homicide in West Orange. Brendan Patrick Tevlin, 19, of Livingston was found dead in his car with multiple gun shot wounds. Tevlin, who graduated last year from Seton Hall Preparatory, was a student at the University of Richmond. Continue Reading

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, June 29

BY  |  Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 12:22pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

There is a lot of variety among the nearly 150 properties showing this weekend, including a good selection of smaller homes.

glenridge062985 Baldwin St., Glen Ridge

List Price: $529,000

Taxes: $13,319

Acreage: 0.13


Just listed, this seven-room colonial has an updated kitchen with maple cabinets, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and a pantry; the bathrooms have been modernized as well. The house was renovated in 2005, but details dating to its 1900 construction remain, including the original pressed tin ceiling in the dining room. The fourth bedroom is on the first floor and is currently used as a family room. The house, which has high ceilings and recessed lighting, also has central air, an open front porch, a fenced-in backyard and an unfinished basement. There is no garage. Open 2 to 4 p.m.

Also showing in Glen Ridge, 16 Ridgewood Ave., an 11-room Dutch colonial with six bedrooms and four bathrooms, just came on the market for $674,900. The just-renovated house has a new mahogany front porch, a white kitchen with chocolate quartz countertops, central air and original details such as stained glass windows. There is a three-car detached garage. Taxes are $9,065. Open 2 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

UPDATE: Found Dog in Montclair, No Collar

BY  |  Friday, Jun 27, 2014 7:19pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

UPDATE 6/28: Dog and owner have been reunited!

A reader writes in:

A small brown yorkie with no collar was found on Fernwood near Norwood in Montclair about 5:30 pm today. Email here with any info.


Animals Not Getting Enough Exercise Among Issues Raised By Montclair Animal Shelter Advisory Board

BY  |  Friday, Jun 27, 2014 1:40pm  |  COMMENTS (49)

montclair animalAnimals kept in facilities in need of repair and spending too much time in cages and not enough time exercising or socializing. A lack of volunteers and no “shelter director.” These are some of the issues raised by the Montclair Animal Welfare Advisory Committee, a committee was created by the Township Council in February 2013 to oversee concerns about animals.

According to Kay Sherwood, chair of the advisory board, the committee sent its recommendations in a memo to town manager Marc Dashield in April and a meeting was held on May 15. Sherwood says Dashield refused to discuss the committee’s number one recommendation — to hire a qualified shelter director. (Currently, there is a shelter manager, Melissa Neiss, a certified animal control officer, who reports to Sue Portuese, Montclair’s Health and Human Services director.) Continue Reading

Montclair’s Growing Pains Make Wall Street Journal

BY  |  Friday, Jun 27, 2014 11:10am  |  COMMENTS (64)

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Montclair residents only need to see the large crane looming over Bloomfield Ave. to be reminded of how Montclair is changing.

Now Valley and Bloom — the the $100 million mixed-use complex being built at the corner of Valley and Bloomfield Ave. — as well as the proposed MC Hotel by Marriott are featured in the Wall Street Journal article “Montclair Works to Map Future,” focusing on the towns attempts to revitalize without losing its charm and resident opposition to the Master Plan. Continue Reading

UPDATED: Comings and Goings in Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Jun 27, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (12)

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We’re sad to learn that Le Baker’s Dozen on Bellevue Avenue will close its doors at the end of July. They announced the news on their Facebook page earlier this week:

It is with bittersweet sentiment that we announce the retirement of Le Baker’s Dozen after July 26th of this year. Opportunities and situations emerge in our lives that sometimes call for our full attention, and in this particular case our family would be remiss if we did not heed the call.

…to you, our friends and customers, thank you, thank you, thank you. Our lives are a collection of the choices we make and we are so happy and grateful that all of you have been a byproduct of our decision to open the shop. Bakeries are unique entities for much of our business revolves around celebrations. For 10 years, 6 of them in Montclair, you have invited up to be a part of your special occasions. Your birthdays and new babies. Your weddings and anniversaries. Your first days of school and college graduations. Thank you for letting us into your lives. We could not have asked for a more enthusiastic, diverse and supportive group of people to share our days with. You have bestowed us with a lifetime of unforgettable memories, and we wish you all the very best going forward. Thank you for making our lives so very sweet. We feel truly blessed!


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The cops don't need to be everywhere at once, the penalties need to be harsh. It is not hyperbole JC. No one is slowing down for a few hundred bucks. 5k or 10k and you can be sure that "speed won't be creeping up" on folks.

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