DeCamp Public Forum Returns This Wednesday

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Decamp Public Forum: The SequelBloomfield 2nd Ward Councilman Nick Joanow will host a follow-up public forum on the topic of DeCamp Bus Lines’ service to Bloomfield and surrounding communities this Wednesday, October 22, at 7:30 p.m. at Watching Presbyterian Church.

Back in May, bus riders slammed DeCamp with complaints at the first public forum. One of the outcomes was the promise of a follow-up meeting in six months so that DeCamp’s customers could hear updates to the suggestions and comments that were expressed.

State Senator Ronald Rice as well as Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia will be in attendance again, as will representatives from the office of Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (who is unable to attend due to a schedule conflict). Representatives from DeCamp Bus Lines have also been invited to attend to share with the public the progress they have made on addressing riders’ concerns. Continue Reading

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Oct. 19

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More than 130 properties are showing this weekend, in line with recent weeks. Here are six:

montclair1019237 Christopher St., Montclair

List Price: $899,000

Taxes: $27,355

Acreage: 0.47


This just-listed, 11-room colonial has an updated kitchen, hardwood floors, central air, a fireplace in the living room and a solarium. There is a master suite with a sitting room and two closets. There are numerous architectural details as well, including leaded glass flanking the front door and dining room with a beamed ceiling, molding and corner built-ins. There is a stone patio in the backyard. And, there is a partially finished basement and a three-car detached garage. The house was built in 1912. Open 2 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

Clybourne Park, Still Relevant, Deftly Explores Race, Class

BY  |  Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 8:55am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Clybourne ParkMontclair State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance and director Susan Kerner delivers a hit with Clybourne Park, exploring race, class and the tensions that arise, now through October 19 at the L. Howard Fox Studio Theater.

Inspired by watching the 1961 film version of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun in seventh grade and also basing his piece on events Hansberry’s parents actually endured, playwright Bruce Norris wrote Clybourne Park as a response to the classic. He expands the story beforehand and afterward, with Karl Lindner from A Raisin in the Sun as a prime character. The award-winning play received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2011 and the Tony Award for Best Play in 2012. Continue Reading

Beautiful Night For Montclair Center’s A Little Night Art XIV

BY  |  Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 8:31am  |  COMMENTS (0)

art walkStrolling through Montclair Center on a balmy Friday evening is always an enjoyable experience, but last night, there was a feast for the eyes, courtesy of A Little Night Art XIV. The annual autumn art walk featured art galleries, retail stores and restaurants who welcomed visitors to exhibits by a variety of artists. Continue Reading

Baristanet Profile: Huguens Noel

BY  |  Friday, Oct 17, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

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

Name: Huguens Noel

Where do you live? Montclair, NJ

When did you move there? A few months. After visiting a friend 12 years ago, my wife and I decided it was the perfect place place to raise our kids.

Where did you grow up? Brooklyn, NY

How do you make a living? I’m the Founder of HAACIDS, LLC.

Coffee, tea or … ? Coffee (with goat milk, cacao and cinnamon) does the trick for me.

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Vaudeville is Alive and Well at Maplewood’s The Speakeasy

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The SpeakeasyIn the 1920s, Maplewood was known throughout New Jersey for its Vaudeville. Long before it became a six-plex, the Maplewood Theater was a hotbed of talent; audiences were regaled with musicians, magicians, the beautiful, the sublime, and the surreal.

Studio B is bringing that tradition back with The Speakeasy on Saturday, October 25.

Studio B, an arts organization based in Maplewood and South Orange, has been producing vaudeville-style entertainment for the past 3 years. Among its regular line up of shows, The Speakeasy Series has served to showcase exceptional talent, entertain modern audiences, and – in Studio B honcho Marcy Thompson’s words, “tip our hat to a grand – and local – tradition.”

“Vaudeville belongs in the 21st Century. It’s perfect for today’s audiences and performers,” says Thompson. “The acts are designed to delight – and it give exposure to multiple performers at every performance. The best part is, anything goes.”

“Vaudeville is the grand daddy of pop culture. If you didn’t like an act, all you had to do was wait 10 minutes,” says Jenny Turner Hall, the other Studio B honcho.

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Local Businesses Think Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness

BY  |  Friday, Oct 17, 2014 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Parlor hair studio In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, several local businesses are helping to raise money and awareness by thinking pink.

Parlor Hair Studio on Glenridge Avenue in Montclair will make you “pretty in Pink,” with pink hair extensions or highlights during the month of October. All profits will go to The American Breast Cancer Research Foundation.




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Montclair Fall Food Classic Served Up a Wonderful Meal For a Good Cause

BY  |  Friday, Oct 17, 2014 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Caroline Clarke and our own Lisa Davies

Lisa Davies and Caroline Clarke

The third annual Montclair Fall Food Classic was held yesterday, Thursday, October 16 and offered the community a wonderful meal for a very good cause—raising funds for The Salvation Army’s hot meal program at the Citadel.

The tables were beautifully decorated topped with centerpieces donated by Kings Food Markets, a gorgeous centerpiece designed by Holly Korus greeted guests, live jazz performed by John Ehlis set the scene, great baskets donated by local businesses were offered for raffles, and the food was delicious.

The event was organized by Montclair Salvation Army volunteers: Caroline Clarke and our own Lisa Davies. Each week these women cook for local homeless and hungry people in our community.

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Montclair Historic Preservation Commission Reviews Plans From Plofker, Grabowsky

BY  |  Friday, Oct 17, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (6)

Janice Talley and Ira Karasick at the October 16 Montclair Historic Preservation Commission meeting

Janice Talley and Ira Karasick at the October 16 Montclair Historic Preservation Commission meeting

The Montclair Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) met on October 16 in its first meeting this year without a consultant. Although there was no hint of when a successor for Peter Primavera might be named, the meeting, facilitated by Planning Director Janice Talley, proceeded smoothly after a stumble or two over approval of minutes.

The highlight of the evening was developer Steven Plofker’s appearance to discuss his plans for the old motor vehicle inspection station on the corner of Forest and Label Streets. Plofker, accompanies by architect Paul Sionas, was visibly excited about the project and was constantly moving back and forth between the renderings and plans, which Sionas had shown to the Planning Board at its August 25 meeting.

Sionas, for his part, reprised his Planning Board presentation for the benefit  of the commissioners. As he noted back in August, the sealed window openings facing Label Street would be opened up and feature windows with metal frames with both pairs of garage door openings converted into windows. Sionas also plans to incorporate the building’s metal trusses into the interior layout and include a second floor.

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Montclair Opens New Bike Depot at Bay Street Train Station

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 3:14pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

The late rock star Freddie Mercury once sang about how he wanted to ride his bicycle and ride it where he liked.  In Montclair, it’s now a lot easier to do that.

A Trek bicycle in one of the two-tired racks in the new Montclair Bike Depot at the Bay Street railway station.  There are spaces for 24 bicycles.

A Trek bicycle in one of the two-tired racks in the new Montclair Bike Depot at the Bay Street railway station. There are spaces for 24 bicycles.

Montclair opened a new bicycle depot at the Bay Street railway station on October 16.  The indoor facility, located at the immediate left of the entrance to the parking garage, has space for 24 bicycles and eighteen lockers for personal items.  Commuters can now leave their bicycles and belongings in a secure storage area, protected from the weather, before boarding the train.  The depot was made possible by grants from PSE&G, Partners For Health, and Sustainable Jersey, a certification program to help municipalities in New Jersey that seek to pursue environmentally friendly initiatives.  Pinnacle, the Montclair real estate development company, has also lent support, in keeping with its focus on sustainable projects.

Mayor Robert Jackson spoke at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which also drew three members of the Montclair Township Council, outgoing Township Manager Marc Dashield, and several other local officials and activists.  The mayor spoke of how the bicycle depot was the latest in a series of tremendous innovations that were making Montclair a “cool town,” which he believed portended to building a stronger community in the time to come.

Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson speaks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Bike Depot at the Bay Street train station, as outgoing Township Manager Marc Dashield listens.

Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson speaks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Bike Depot at the Bay Street train station, as outgoing Township Manager Marc Dashield listens.

Speaking from her perspective as a physician, Fourth Ward Councilor Renée Baskerville said that the new depot, by encouraging more commuters to bike to work, would help cut down on obesity and promote a healthier living pattern.   But she also noted how it was a sign of greater investment for the  Fourth Ward, which includes the Bay Street train station,  and that it would also allow people from other areas who arrive by train to have access to the township’s various attractions.

The principal benefit of the depot is the enclosed design, which Cyndi Steiner, executive director of the New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition, says provides an advantage over the open-air bike racks at other NJ Transit stations, where bikes can be vandalized or even stolen, despite the best efforts of owners to secure them with locks.  The new depot at the Bay Street station has a 24/7 security camera, and members gain entry to the depot with an access card.

“Because commuters can now store a bike securely in the Bike Depot,” Steiner says, “a safer,  higher-quality bike can be ridden to the train station, providing alternative transportation options to commuters from a greater distance.  The Bike Depot will serve as a model for other NJ Transit train stations.”

Montclair Township Manager Marc Dashield applauds as Cyndi Steiner, executive director of the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition, cuts the ribbon to open the new Montclair Bike Depot.

Montclair Township Manager Marc Dashield applauds as Cyndi Steiner, executive director of the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition, cuts the ribbon to open the new Montclair Bike Depot.

Randy Solomon of Sustainable Jersey said he was “stoked” about the new depot.  Dressed in business attire and a bicycle helmet, he said he hoped that such a sight would become the norm, and that “the powers that be” could encourage people to believe that bicycle commuting would be accepted as a normal, everyday activity.  Essex County Freeholder Brendan Gill (D-5th District) said there was a “renaissance” happening in Montclair, as the township was embracing the sustainable development patterns of the future.  Gill also announced that he’s just joined the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition board.

“Now all I have to do is get a bike,” he joked.

Pinnacle’s Brian Stolar, who is also a New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition board member, said that this facility was just a first step in creating a series of transportation alternatives in Montclair, which include car sharing, bicycle sharing, and shuttles.  He also noted that the Bay Street  garage has a five-year waiting list for commuters to park their cars, underscoring the need for more transit opportunities.  He also credited the Michigan firm Duo-Gard for the depot’s design, as well as SwissTrax for the flooring and Saris for the two-tiered metal racks, demonstrating the complexity involved in building a seemingly simple facility.

Commuters who are interested in using the Bike Depot at the Bay Street station can learn more by going to


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Well-written and informative article, I think the Plofker plan for the DMV garage is a good one! :-)

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