Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Oct. 26

BY  |  Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 1:34pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Just about 120 properties are showing in Baristaville this Sunday, including the following six:

glenridge1026101 Carteret St., Glen Ridge

List Price: $339,000

Taxes: $9,721

Acreage: 0.09


Featuring an updated kitchen and bathroom, this seven-room colonial is new to the market. The house, built in 1925, was just painted, has a wood-burning fireplace, cove moldings and new laminate floors. There is an unfinished basement; there is no garage. Open 2 to 4 p.m.

Also showing in Glen Ridge, 525 Belleville Ave., an 11-room colonial on the market for about six weeks, has six bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, an updated kitchen, porch and patio. But perhaps most noteable is the renovated two-bedroom apartment over the garage. The property is listed at $659,000. Taxes are $17,157. Open 2 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

Go Take A Hike in Essex County

BY  |  Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 11:02am  |  COMMENTS (0)


If lacing up your boots and exploring the beauty of Jersey’s great outdoors is something you enjoy, you’re in luck. There are many local hiking trails to explore and the fall foliage makes them a true gem this time of year:

Continue Reading

Montclair To Vote On Mandatory Sick Leave Ordinance

BY  |  Friday, Oct 24, 2014 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (11)

mandatory sick leave ordinnce

In November Montclair will join Trenton to vote on a ballot question to adopt an ordinance which would require Montclair private-sector employers to allow their employees who work in the Township to accrue paid sick leave. In August, the Township Council  had the opportunity to enact the ordinance without it going to the ballot, but elected to leave the decision to the voters after receiving a petition with 1,106 signatures in favor.

Freeholder Brendan Gill, Deputy Mayor Robert Russo, and 3rd Ward Councilman Sean Spiller have been vocal supporters of the ordinance. On the other side of the debate, Upper Montclair Business Association President Diane Esty has questioned the impact on small business owners and how it could be enforced by the township.

The ballot question and explanation reads as follows:

Continue Reading

Baristanet Profile: Mark Pizza

BY  |  Friday, Oct 24, 2014 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Mark Pizza

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

Name: Mark Pizza

Where do you live? Bloomfield

When did you move there? 2003

Where did you grow up? Clinton, Massachusetts

How do you make a living? Senior Director, Account Services at Viacom in NYC.

Coffee, tea or … ? Coffee in the morning and dirty martini at night

Continue Reading

These Are the People in the Pine Street Neighborhood

BY  |  Friday, Oct 24, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

POPs: Portraits on Pine Street

Aristotle is quoted as saying, “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” The POPS: Portraits on Pine Street project shows the inward significance of  the people of the community of Montclair. Looking at the faces, each person’s story is revealed. The strength in the mother’s eyes. The wisdom in the father’s stare. The joy in the young child’s smile. These are our neighbors. These are Montclair residents.

Mary Z, owner of 73 See Gallery, has big ambitions. Her Pine Street art gallery has turned into more than a space for local artists. It’s like a community center for the area families. She conceived of the idea of the POPs: Portraits on Pine Street as a community art project to help celebrate, recognize and unify our neighbors both within our neighborhood and our larger community. She asked neighborhood artist Seth Ruggles Hiler to paint the portraits of residents. They planned to do 100 and created a Kickstarter for the funds, but the campaign fell short. When Baristanet learned of the project, we made a donation to help.

“Our community has very few businesses and raising funds for our community projects and events is difficult at best. We held a kickstarter campaign to try and fund POPs in the way we envisioned and fell short. Baristanet really came to the rescue enabling us to fulfill this most critical piece of the project – printing high quality archival reproductions of each of the portraits to give to each of our sitters both to honor them and to commemorate their involvement.” says Mary Z.

Continue Reading

Classics on the Big Screen Weekends at The Clairidge in Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Oct 24, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (7)


Picture this. Getting an early morning Sunday sitter, enjoying a long, lingering breakfast at Raymond’s, walking with your sweetheart on Church Street, then taking in a classic film on the big screen. Isn’t it romantic? It’s on my new weekend date wishlist. Bowtie Cinemas “Cine Classics” Classic Film Series will make it happen every Saturday and Sunday morning at Clairidge Cinema in Montclair. 

Continue Reading

Cru Meets Brew: Fabulous Food and Drink For Charity

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Cru Meets Brew

Chef Bucco’s Barnegat Light fluke with pickled cauliflower, pine nuts, golden raisins
Bourillon-D’Orleans paired with Vouvray Demi-Sec 2012 and Erdinger Weissbier

Remember the jingle ? Two great tastes that taste great together… 

If you’re of a certain age, you know it’s from the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups commercial in the 70s. Chocolate and Peanut butter accidentally get mixed together and the results are delicious. That’s exactly what happened at Cru Meets Brew, which, thanks to Sharon Sevrens of Amanti Vino, proved you don’t need to be one-sided when it comes to wine and beer with your meal. With many incredible varieties and crafts these days, there are wines and beers that go with any dish.

Guests who attended the Cru Meets Brew charity dinner last Thursday at the beautiful Highlawn Pavilion were treated with incredible meals and drinks all night. The meals were from talented local chefs Christopher Ryan Arturo (Red Eye Café); Bryan Gregg (Escape); Adam Rose (Villalobos); and Julian Valencia (Ani Ramen House); and guest chef Anthony Bucco (former Executive Chef of The Ryland Inn)

Continue Reading

John Herrmann Named New Montclair Fire Department Chief

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Montclair Fire Department Outgoing Township Manager Marc Dashield appointed Deputy Fire Chief John Herrmann as Montclair’s new Fire Chief. Hermann, who has served the department for 33 years, will be sworn in to the position later this month.

“After an extensive review of several candidates for the position, Deputy Chief Hermann stood out as someone with outstanding leadership abilities and I am certain Montclair will be well-served with John at the helm,” said Township Manager Dashield.”

“This is truly an honor,” says Herrmann. “Montclair has always taken pride in the work of its Fire Department and I will do my utmost to continue moving the department forward with even greater outreach and superior service to the communities we serve.”

Continue Reading

The Weekend, and Beyond: Ladies Night, Parties, and Halloween Happenings

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Center Creates A Great Night For The Ladies

Lots of great happenings to enjoy this weekend and beyond….with Halloween parties to enjoy week leading up to the holiday.

halloweenCheck out our Halloween Happenings After Dark round up for fun happening through the holiday next Friday. Check here for family-friendly Halloween events.

Of note this Saturday:

The Philip McNeal Haunt for the Hungry, named for the late Philip McNeal, former Chairman of the Board of the Human Needs Food Pantry in Montclair, and lover of Halloween fun. John Whipple, who in past years has hosted the haunted adventure “Old Man Whipple’s House” at his home, has also joined the Philip McNeal Haunt for the Hungry to make it a truly haunting event!

Strut Your Mutt, Essex County’s Annual Canine Costume Parade and Contest returns to Brookdale Park thisSaturday! Go out  to see dogs of all breeds, ages and sizes wearing costumes ranging from sweet and humorous to downright scary. Prizes are awarded in a variety of categories including Most Creative, Cutest, Best Owner-Pet Costume and County Executive’s Choice. Registration begins at 9:15 am with the parade starting at 10 am. Rain date is Sunday, October 26.

 We also told you about:

Continue Reading

Forum On DeCamp Issues Yields Frustration, Suggestions

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (9)

The DeCamp forum of October 22 at the Watchung Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield was sparsely attended.

The DeCamp forum of October 22 at the Watchung Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield was sparsely attended.

It was raining heavily outside the Watchung Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield, while a public meeting addressing problems with DeCamp Bus Lines went on inside with residents expressing anger over DeCamp’s substandard service, just as with the previous meeting on April 30. But the October 22 meeting, meant to follow up on the concerns about DeCamp raised nearly six months earlier, unfolded very differently. For one thing, representatives from DeCamp refused to show up. Also, few members of the public showed up as well. Bloomfield Second Ward Councilman Nicholas Joanow explained his frustration with DeCamp by pointing out that he had asked the company to send someone for the meeting, only to be told that there was a schedule conflict and that DeCamp had nothing more to say.

Joanow praised his fellow panelists at the meeting, State Senator Ronald Rice and State Assemblyman Ralph Caputo, both Democrats from the 28th Legislative District, for their willingness to have a dialogue with DeCamp to address riders’ concerns and improve service.  He added that a vibrant, efficient bus service like DeCamp was “a critical component” to enhance the quality of life in Bloomfield  by providing access to New York City.

Continue Reading

Featured Comment

What is Montclair's authority to regulate compensation for private employees?

Tip, Follow, Friend, Subscribe

Links & Information

Baristanet on Flickr