Plum Bakery Opens For Gluten-Free Goodies in Montclair

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Here’s what you need to know about the just opened gluten-free Plum Bakery (179 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair). If you want delicious bakery treats, you better get there early in the morning. Since having a soft opening on the weekend and their first weekday open today, owner Natalie Colledge says she’s selling out by early noon on most items.

I went over to Plum Bakery this morning to get a sampling of the treats (it’s a tough job).

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Montclair Council: Parking Meter Delays, Need For More Police and Affordable Housing

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The Montclair Township Council

The Montclair Township Council

The Montclair Township Council went through its second consecutive conference meeting on October 6, meeting once again with departments as the start of 2016 — a municipal election year —  draws closer.

Police Department

Police Chief David Sabagh addressed the council on staffing and equipment issues.  He said that the current staffing level for the police department is 109 but the current number is 106.  He said he hopes to bring in new hires to bring that back up to 109, but he also noted that special details such as the street crimes unit pull from patrolling levels, and the new scheduling for the officers has resulted in regularly scheduled overtime; more officers, Chief Sabagh said, would get more officers on the street.  The overtime tends to be more for patrols than for supervisors.

Chief Sabagh also addressed the need to hire more local officers who know Montclair, which mayor Robert Jackson hoped to see more of.  With only 13 officers who are Montclair residents, the chief agreed that getting more local officers would be a big help, especially for the community policing efforts.  He said that Sergeant Tyrone Williams and Detective Kim Nelson have been diligent in recruiting by reaching out to young adults and high school seniors to get them to consider a law enforcement career.  He also noted that there was a testing system to recruit more local officers, with exams given to state, county, and local residents on a three-tiered basis depending on residences, but the need for greater diversity resulted in a system of hiring interviews and board reviews that skewed against more local hiring. Fourth Ward Councilor Renée Baskerville suggested there might be a way to combine the two methods of hiring to place more considerations on local hires,  and Township Attorney Ira Karasick suggested consulting the labor councils to see if there’s any flexibility on the matter.

Chief Sabagh also expressed interest in acquiring more Segway-style T3 vehicles  to allow police officers to patrol their beats more easily than on foot but still be open and out in the community without having to rely on cars.  He said that the one scooter the police department piques the interest of local residents and helps bring the police closer to the residents.  “They really love it,” the Chief said of his officers.

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Open Book / Open Mind Series: Elizabeth Alexander on The Light of the World

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Elizabeth Alexander is best known as the poet who read “Praise Song for the Day” at President Obama’s first inauguration. At Montclair Public Library on October 18, she will discuss her first memoir The Light of the World, a story of art, food, love and loss, which she wrote as a tribute to Alexander’s late husband, the chef and artist Ficre Ghebreyesus. Montclair’s James Johnson will lead the discussion. Jazz House Kids will provide live music accompaniment.

Alexander is the author of six books of poems, two collections of essays, a play, and various edited collections. She was recently named a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, as well as the Wun Tsun Tam Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. She previously served as the inaugural Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University, where she taught for 15 years and chaired the African American Studies Department. Yesterday, Alexander was named as director of The Ford Foundation’s Creativity and Free Expression program.

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Joe Walsh Rocks MHS at Benefit Concert Saturday

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Joe Walsh delivered on his promise to help Montclair High School at a benefit concert in the school’s auditorium Saturday night, receiving standing ovations for hits such as “Life’s Been Good” and “Rocky Mountain Way.”

His 90-minute set included songs from his solo albums as well as his stints with the James Gang, Barnstorm and the Eagles. The crowd was made up of folks who looked to be in their fifties or older—as well as high school aged fans up in the balcony. Continue Reading

Montclair Planning Board Considers New Restaurant, Mixed-Use Complex, Three New Elm Street Houses

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The  buildings, an office/retail building (left) and a contemporary residence, in the mixed-use project proposed at the corner of Forest and Walnut Streets in Montclair

The buildings, an office/retail building (left) and a contemporary residence, in the mixed-use project proposed at the corner of Forest and Walnut Streets in Montclair

The Montclair Planning Board spent a good deal of its October 5 meeting reviewing a planned mixed-use complex for the northeast corner of Forest and Walnut Streets that was, well, complex.

A couple from the Towaco section of Montville Township in Morris County is seeking to demolish the vacant automobile service station adjacent to the corner and build two structures, one for personal office space and a store front and the other to live in.  Psychotherapist Michelle Bauer and her husband, Neal Beeber, who own and rent the two-family Victorian house at 91 Forest Street around the corner, are interested in building a two-story building that would house a small store on the first floor and Dr. Bauer’s office on the second, located next to a three-story contemporary house, for their new residence.

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Giveaway: Tickets to Paula Cole at Outpost in the Burbs

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WINNER: Congratulations to binarycool!

Grammy Award-winning artist Paula Cole will make her debut appearance at Outpost in the Burbs on Friday, October 9, and Baristanet has a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader!

With her seventh studio album over a two-decade-long career, Paula Cole has created “7”, writing out her life, touching emotion.

“7 is a collection of songs that came suddenly and urgently. The songs demanded to be written and released, as if my subconscious needed to reach out to me; to tell me all I was going through. I recorded this album live, as an acoustic quartet. It sounds like a soft, soulful album made in the 1960’s and the songs speak for themselves,” says Cole.

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Backstage at Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice at the Women’s Club of Glen Ridge

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Enjoy a Jane Austen luncheon tomorrow, Tuesday, October 6, at the Women’s Club of Glen Ridge.

Journey with theatre director Susan Kerner and cast members to a bygone era when romance blossomed on dance floors and on garden walks, in passionate conversation and in heartfelt correspondence. (Mr. Darcy was so dreamy.)

Discover how the Montclair State University artistic team prepares to produce Simon Reade’s breezy stage adaptation of this beloved classic this November and learn how today’s college students relate to Jane Austen’s witty and deeply human examination of 19th century courtship rituals and marriage.

P & P photoBackstage at Pride and Prejudice
Tuesday, October 6. Lunch at noon, Program at 1 pm
Women’s Club of Glen Ridge, 219 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge, NJ
$15 for members / $20 for non-members includes lunch
Reservations online here or by calling 973.748.5459


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MAM Hosts Landmark Event To Announce The Vance Wall Art Education Center

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Montclair Art Museum celebrated its future this past Wednesday with a landmark event officially introducing the Vance Wall Art Education Center at MAM, establishing the footing for enhanced educational outreach and accessible programs for people of all ages.

MAM director Lora Urbanelli. Photo: Andy Foster

MAM director Lora Urbanelli.

Speaking of the generous $5 million gift from Carol and Terry Wall/The Vance Wall Foundation, MAM Director Lora Urbanelli said it would enable the new Education Center to “make the creative process accessible, desirable and deliverable to our children, students, seniors and everyone in between.” She added, “as schools focus more effort on standards and teaching to the test, many have marginalized or eliminated class trips that stimulate creativity. For adults, the arts can bring fulfillment at any age, including populations that struggle with dementia.” Continue Reading

Fans Flock to Yogi Berra Museum to Celebrate Number 8

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Berra grandchildren Larry and Lindsay as well as sons Larry, Tim and Dale reminisced about Yogi.

Berra grandchildren Larry and Lindsay as well as sons Larry, Tim and Dale reminisced about Yogi.

To best describe fans’ devotion to Montclair’s most beloved Baseball Hall of Famer, you’d have to turn a well-known Yogi-ism inside out: Everybody still went there, even though the place was crowded.

“It was a wonderful tribute to Yogi and a testament to how he touched so many lives,” said David Kaplan, director of the Museum and Learning Center. “All the youth performers were remarkable. It was a beautiful day – Yogi probably ordered the great weather – to celebrate his life and legacy in a special way.” Continue Reading

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Oct. 4

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Just about 120 properties are open this weekend. New listings and reductions are plentiful. Here are five:

montclair100430 Marion Rd., Montclair

List Price: $939,000

Taxes: $22,445

Acreage: 0.38


New to the market, this 11-room colonial has various architectural details, including hardwood floors, wainscoting, moldings, picture windows, French doors and a wraparound deck. The house, which was built in 1922 and renovated last year, has an updated kitchen with a center island and custom cabinets, central air, a wood-burning fireplace in the living room and a custom mudroom with a heated floor. Laundry is on the second floor, and there is a master suite on the third. There is a full, walkout basement and a two-car detached garage. Open 2 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

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