Montclair Will Be Dancing, Dancing on the Lawn!

BY  |  Friday, Sep 04, 2015 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Donna Scro’s Freespace Dance Company. (Photo by Tony Turner Photography)

On Saturday, September 12, Montclair’s lawns will be the place to be. First, there is the MAM Lawn Party and then later in the evening the second annual Dance on the Lawn takes place at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

The free outdoor dance concert founded by Montclair resident Charmaine Warren, will include a diverse group of artists from New York, state-wide from New Jersey, and some of Montclair’s own.

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Baristanet Profile: Tamisa Covington

BY  |  Friday, Sep 04, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Tamisa CovingtonThe latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood:

Name: Tamisa Covington

Where do you live? Bloomfield

When did you move there? Life long resident.

Where did you grow up? Clark’s Pond, Bloomfield, NJ.

How do you make a living? I’m the eCommerce Manager for a jewelry wholesaler/retailer in NYC.

Coffee, tea or … ? Coffee (I do indulge in tea from time to time).

What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday? My perfect Saturday is actually coming up! I am looking forward to joining my fellow board members and supporters to walk in our annual SOFIA Walk Domestic Violence. Cantebury Park is such a wonderful location and we are so grateful to our supporters and sponsors!

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With A Window Opens Montclair’s Elisabeth Egan Takes a Hilariously Honest Look at Having it All

BY  |  Friday, Sep 04, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

elisabeth eganElisabeth Egan launched her debut novel A Window Opens to a standing room only crowd at her hometown bookstore—Watchung Booksellers—on Wednesday.

“Wednesday night we had one of those wonderful Montclair moments! The store was packed (almost 100 people!) to celebrate Liz Egan’s debut novel,” says Margot Sage-EL, owner of Watchung Booksellers, who said family, friends, her junior high teachers, and fans came out because they read Egan’s book and found their story in hers.

A Window Opens is about a women who seems to have it all, but is struggling with a new job that is out of her comfort zone, trying to deal with parenting, marriage and aging parents, all told in Liz’s charming humor, ” said Margot. “Liz’s humorous take on seemingly absurd situations reveals that she has a sharp eye and deep understanding of cultural observation. Why are we juggling all that we are juggling? How does her protagonist, Alice Pearse handle all this? From the Q&A following the reading, we saw that Liz totally connected with her readership.”

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How Are You Spending the Last Weekend of Summer?

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 03, 2015 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Monday, September 7 is Labor Day and this weekend is the last one of summer. Okay, summer doesn’t officially end until September 23, but schools are back in session and the lazy, hazy days of summer end on Monday.

How are you spending this last holiday weekend? Take our poll and let us know:

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The Feast Worldwide Montclair Hosts Second Dinner Party

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 03, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Feast Worldwide Montclair

The second The Feast Worldwide Montclair will take place on September 20 at 7 p.m. at Basemeant WRX on Walnut Street.

These independent dinner events, which take place in 40+ cities, are meant to “rally around the change makers moving the world forward.” At each Feast, guests are invited to present their own vision for the future. Instead of talking about problems, they talk about ways to support each other, collaborate, and make the world work better.

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The Weekend: Labor Day Edition

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 03, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

It’s Labor Day weekend! If you aren’t taking a last hurrah vacation, or having a BBQ, get out and enjoy the last long weekend of summer at one of these great events.

Enrico GranafeiOn Friday night at Trumpet’s Jazz Club and Restaurant in Montclair, the Enrico Granafei Quartet will perform. Granafei has been the owner and musical director of Trumpets since 1999. One of the most respected players of the Chromatic Harmonica in the world today, Granafei continues to cultivate an audience for the instrument through his international performances. As jazz pianist/historian Lewis Porter says: “This could be the start of something big for harmonica players everywhere.”

Enrico Granafei Quartet
Friday, September 4 at 8 pm and 10 pm
Trumpets Jazz Club & Restaurant, 6 Depot Square, Montclair, NJ, 07042
$18 pp at door / $15 pp online / $12 pp minimum (food/drink)



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The Montclair Film Festival Announces An Evening With Stephen Colbert and J.J. Abrams

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 02, 2015 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

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We were pretty sure that Stephen Colbert would be involved at Montclair Film Festival‘s annual fundraiser event held at NJPAC, but we had no idea who the guest would be. Past guests have been Steve Carell, Jimmy Fallon, and Jon Stewart. Today we found out! MFF just announced that Stephen Colbert, host of CBS’ “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” will host an evening with director J.J. Abrams (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Lost”) on stage at NJPAC on Saturday, November 21 at 8 p.m.

Stephen Colbert and J.J. Abrams: Celebrity Nerd-Off! will feature the pair in a wide-ranging on-stage discussion of their influences, ideas, and creative work.

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Jewish High Holidays Services Round Up

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 02, 2015 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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The Jewish High Holidays begin with Rosh Hashanah, aka the Jewish New Year, starting at sundown on September 13 and ending at nightfall on September 15. For many Jewish families, it is a holiday of reflection and renewal, as well as a time to share a holiday meal with family and friends. It is followed by a sacred 10-day period that culminates in Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, notable for its 24-hour fast.

Here is a round up of local High Holidays services:

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Montclair Township Council: Recycling, Site Plan Amendments, Employment Program

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 02, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

A newly bearded Councilor-at-Large Rich McMahon with Second Ward Councilor Robin Schlager at the Montclair Township Council conference meeting of September 1

Councilor-at-Large Rich McMahon with Second Ward Councilor Robin Schlager at the Montclair Township Council conference meeting of September 1

The Montclair Township Council’s September 1 conference meeting lasted just over an hour and there were no residents in attendance. The council considered many issues, including some on the agenda for the regularly scheduled September 8 meeting. Topics included draft ordinances on clarifying how to properly recycle cardboard and reviewing plans for the placement of generators. The Council also discussed a job training pilot program and street maintenance.

Recycling Bins in Parks and Breaking Down Boxes Discussed

An amendment to the township’s recycling ordinance generated the most discussion.  The ordinance, up for first reading on September 8, addressed various points from the town’s recycling program.

Second Ward Councilor Robin Schlager was dismayed that Montclair has been asking its residents to recycle “extensively” but does not provide receptacles for parks and ball fields. She noted that a member of the Friends of Edgemont Park provides recycling receptacles at that park, empties them and puts the contents out in front of his own house.  Schlager said she has been told that if such receptacles were put in recreational facilities, people would dump pet waste or used diapers in them, adding that proper receptacles with explanatory signage could be used. Fourth Ward Councilor Renée Baskerville said that separate facilities for excretory matter could be provided to prevent that.

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‘Eat What You Want, Pay What You Want’ is Over, Blu and Next Door Close

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 02, 2015 8:45am  |  COMMENTS (1)

The sign on the front door of Blu.

The sign on the front door of Blu.

Well, it was good while it lasted—Blu and Next Door have permanently closed.

Owner/Chef Zod Arifai planned to close his side-by-side restaurants at the end of August. However, after trying out an “eat what you want, and pay what you want” night in June, he decided to offer that special until closing. Then his offer scored him a mention on the front page of the New York Times on August 17. In light of that publicity, he told that he would stay open longer than planned, for a few more months at least. But alas, that didn’t happen.

“I tried to keep it open for a few more months, however there are too many complications,” Arifai told Baristanet.

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