Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Mar. 29

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Approximately 150 properties are showing this weekend, including the following five:

montclair0329160 Lorraine Ave., Montclair

List Price: $969,000

Taxes: $37,447

Acreage: 0.43

7BR/2.2BA

Just listed, this circa 1887 colonial retains many original details, including a unique wooden staircase and landing, a wraparound front porch, stained glass, high ceilings and built-ins. The kitchen has been updated and has a center island, granite and a separate breakfast area. There is a master bedroom suite and two additional bedrooms on the third floor. Two fireplaces, central air and a deck are among the other highlights. There is a partially finished basement and a two-car detached garage. Open 2 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

Bloomfield Planning Board and Residents Question Traffic Pattern at Hoover Ave. Site

BY  |  Saturday, Mar 28, 2015 9:35am  |  COMMENTS (8)

Resident Geoff Gove questions applicant's traffic expert at Tuesday evening's meeting.

Resident Geoff Gove questions the applicant’s traffic expert at Tuesday evening’s meeting.

The Bloomfield Planning Board heard testimony from two traffic experts at Tuesday evening’s special meeting addressing the application of 262-268 Hoover Avenue @ Bloomfield, LLC to build a mid-rise multi-family building on the corner of Hoover Avenue and John F. Kennedy Drive.

The application was continued from the Board’s February 17th meeting, when the Board heard testimony by the applicant’s architect and engineer, as well as Ted Gatto, the property owner.

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the applicant’s attorney, Michael Piromalli from the Belleville firm of Gaccione and Pomaco, went over the changes that had been made since the meeting in February. Continue Reading

Montclair Celebrates Committee to Host Annual Beefsteak Dinner Fundraiser

BY  |  Friday, Mar 27, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair CelebratesIt’s time to start celebrating at events that make the Montclair Fourth of July parade and fireworks possible!

Montclair Recreation and Montclair Celebrates — a community-based organization formed to preserve the Township’s Independence Day celebrations — will host the annual Beefsteak Dinner Fundraising on Friday, April 10.

This year’s honorary dinner guest and parade grand marshal is long-time Montclair resident and Immaculate Conception High School President Celia Triggs Honohan.

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Baristanet Profile: Eugene Stern

BY  |  Friday, Mar 27, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (3)

Eugene Stern

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

Name: Eugene Stern

Where do you live? Bellevue Ave. in Montclair.

When did you move there? 2008

Where did you grow up? Brookline, MA. It’s a town next to Boston that has some urban features and some suburban ones. I liked where I grew up, so no big surprise that I ended up here.

How do you make a living? I’m trained as a mathematician. I started out in academia, then spent the last decade-plus helping design and build financial risk software. My jobs in risk have been a combination of math and modeling, product design, and helping clients. I talk to all kinds of people – programmers, modelers, salespeople, marketers, clients – and I get to do different things every day. Recently I started a blog in which I write about math, education, music, baseball, and anything else that comes to mind.

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Clever Commute Gets a Clever App

BY  |  Friday, Mar 27, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

ccapp1Our software updates too often and changes too much—how’s the latest iTunes working for you? But when Clever Commute upgraded its e-mail/text-based system for alerting NJ and NY commuters about train and bus delays with shiny new iOS and Android apps, it was enough to make any weary traveler give a little whoop of joy.

Clever Commute, which Montclair resident Josh Crandall started in 2006 to allow NJ Transit riders to crowdsource information about train delays and has steadily expanded to include LIRR, PATH, Metro North, and bus routes, launched its mobile apps earlier this year for one simple reason—well, really three, according to Crandall: “The audience wanted it, better/more consistent data quality for the users, and simpler/lower cost for me to operate.”

The app version of CC works more or less like the text-based version, with commuters posting updates about delays, accidents, track changes, and other maddening ephemera of a commuting life. But now, instead of filling up your inbox alongside notes from your boss and reminders about the kids’ schedules, everything is in the app. And with push notifications, more consistent message structure and a simple way to toggle between different train and bus routes, Clever Commute now fits in with the way you organize and access most info through your smartphone.

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Childhood: Memories of Play and Friendship

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

This is our last installment of “Childhood.” Thanks to Arthur Kobin and our readers for sharing their memories.

(Outside of the The Clairidge Theater)

(Outside of the The Clairidge Theater)

“I grew up here in Montclair. We’d always hang out in Anderson Park. That was really fun. We’d play frisbee and walk around the park with all my friends. Some of them are still here, like my friend Cindy! I went there today for a walk with her! She’s my childhood friend, and we’ve known each other our whole lives.”

 

 

U Drive. U Text. U Pay Distracted Driving Enforcement Campaign in Essex County

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

U Drive. U Text. U PaySheriff Armando Fontoura announced this week that Essex County officers will conduct distracted Driver Enforcement Operations throughout all of the county’s 22 municipalities from April 1 through April 21.

This “U Drive. U Text. U Pay” initiative has been funded by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and it is being undertaken to prevent further deaths and injuries to drivers, passengers and pedestrians.

“The number of persons killed or maimed as the direct result of distracted driving is truly staggering,” Fontoura said. “Inattentive driving persists despite educational, awareness and enforcement efforts by public safety personnel. We are hopeful that this initiative will serve as a wake-up call to all drivers.”

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Montclair Board of Education Holds Governance Workshop

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Dennis Cheesebrow

Dennis Cheesebrow

The Montclair Board of Education held a workshop meeting on March 25 to discuss improving governance and management of the school district.  No official action was taken on any major issue, thought the board did discuss ways of integrating long-term plans along with a transition from an acting superintendent to a permanent one.  Incoming board members Laura Hertzog and Eve Robinson attended the workshop, and though the meeting was open to the public, only one resident attended but did not stay for the entire meeting.

Consultant Dennis Cheesebrow of Teamworks International led the discussion, explaining to the board members the need for them to administer the district more coherently and with a sense of clarity in its mission.  Among his observations were examples of effectively employing data on student performance to improve academics and how a greater understanding of operating expenses — building maintenance, supplies — were key to good governance, as opposed to merely managing resources.  Cheesebrow said that a clearer grasp of applying resources to priorities, with a simplification of basic goals, is how boards function best.

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The Weekend: Film, Funk, Cabaret, and More!

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Ryan Hobler

There are many great events to enjoy this weekend. We told you about:

  • Susan Werner with special guest Ryan Hobler at Outpost in the Burbs
  • “The Enchanting Art of Japan” exhibition at George Segal Gallery at MSU
  • The 15th Annual New Jersey Jewish Film Festival
  • Paper Mill Playhouse’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame
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    And there’s even more. Here are your weekend highlights:

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    Montclair Film Festival Announces 2015 Opening, Closing, and Centerpiece Films

    BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 4:13pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

    Montclair Film Festival

    The Montclair Film Festival just announced the opening, closing and Centerpiece selections for the 2015 festival, taking place May 1-10, and they’re fantastic!

    “We are truly honored to bring these remarkable films to the Montclair Film Festival,” said MFF Executive Director Tom Hall. “These are movies that our audiences will love, and we could not be more excited to support these wonderful filmmakers and showcase their work.”

    Here are the opening, closing and Centerpiece selections for the Montclair Film Festival 2015:

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    Thanks for reporting on this, Steven. I'm looking forward to learning about the Board's vision for the district with the addition of Eve Robinson and Laura Hertzog.

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