Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Nov. 29

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Just 21 properties are showing this holiday weekend, including the following four:

montclair11291 Nassau Rd., Montclair

List Price: $475,000

Taxes: $15,334

Acreage: 0.24


New to the market, this just-renovated Craftsman bungalow has an updated kitchen and bathrooms, hardwood floors, two wood-burning fireplaces and an open floor plan. The windows and the sliding glass door are new, and the 2,278-square-foot house has recently been repainted. There is a partial, unfinished basement. There is no garage. Outside, there is a paved patio and a storage shed. Open 2 to 4 p.m.

montclair1129_221 Van Breeman Ct., Montclair

List Price: $549,000

Taxes: $12,800

Acreage: 0.21


On the market for approximately three weeks, this eight-room split level has an updated kitchen with a breakfast bar, new hardwood floors throughout and renovated bathrooms; one has a jetted tub. There is a full basement and a one-car attached garage. The house, which is situated on a cul-de-sac, was built in 1960 and renovated this year. Open 1 to 4 p.m.

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Showing Love to the Montclair Public Library: My First Chapter

BY  |  Saturday, Nov 28, 2015 3:58pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Public LibraryThis essay is part of the Montclair Public Library Foundation’s 4th annual “My First Chapter” series. These essays are in support of the Montclair Public Library. This essay by Jake Silverstein, editor-in-chief of The New York Times Magazine, is the second in a six-part series which first appeared in the Montclair Times and is reprinted here with permission.

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Work off that Pie in Anderson Park this Weekend

BY  |  Friday, Nov 27, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Anderson Park

Friends of Anderson Park will spread mulch over the newly planted tulip bed to keep the bulbs cozy over the winter and they need your help. Bring friends, earn community service hours, work off that Thanksgiving pie!

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#GivingTuesday: The True Spirit of the Holidays

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

Giving TuesdayThere’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but we think that Giving Tuesday is in the true spirit of the holidays — a day dedicated to giving back.

On Tuesday, December 1, you’re encouraged to join others to celebrate generosity and to give.

According to the, it’s a simple idea: “Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.”

There are many way to join the #GivingTuesday movement right here in our community. We encourage you to join in and feel good:

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, Nov 26, 2015 7:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


This Thanksgiving we’re so very thankful for you dear readers. Every tip, photo, email, visit, and all the other ways you contribute to the site make all of us at Baristanet feel incredibly fortunate.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sponsored Post: One Savvy Design—Church Street’s Best Kept Secret

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 5:00pm


One Savvy Design Consignment Boutique

Discover the exciting world of consignment

and redefine your style with our new and consigned merchandise.

One stop shopping for you and all your holiday gifts.

One Savvy Design Consignment Boutique offers everything you need from women’s contemporary to luxury clothing, shoes, handbags, and accessories. This boutique carries a variety of new and consigned merchandise including J. Crew, Anthropologie, Diane Von Furstenberg, Kate Spade, Prada, Louis Vuitton and Chanel.

Check out their website to see featured items online. They also offer customers a rewards program where you earn points for every purchase.

Best of all, you can order online and plan to run in and pick it up at your convenience OR if you an out-of-towner, have it shipped free from now until the end of December.

Arlene Carrini worked in the garment industry in NYC developing her extensive background in Sales, Merchandising and Buying. She had been consigning her clothing for years when she decided it was time to open her own store and put her expertise to use.

“I am excited to be a part of the Montclair community for the last 4 seasons” says Arlene. She loves what she does and you know it from the moment you walk in. “We want you to feel comfortable in our store and we welcome you as if you are walking into our home.”

Arlene and her staff can provide a personal shopping experience this holiday season, for you and your gift giving needs.

One Savvy Design Shabby Chic Furniture

Decorate for the holidays with our shabby chic furniture.

We carry an eclectic collection of up-cycled, hand painted furniture and mirrors.One Savvy Design Shabby Chic Furniture originated in 2008 in Arlene’s backyard. She came across an interesting piece of furniture and decided to refinish it herself.

The result of her efforts, and positive feedback, inspired Arlene to continue painting and refurbishing many more pieces, transforming One Savvy Design into what it is today.

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At One Savvy Design, you’ll find a collection of up-cycled, re-purposed vintage dressers, servers, buffets and vanities. All pieces are carefully selected and hand painted with quality low voc chalk paint. In this creative process is the commitment to create a more eco-friendly everyday lifestyle.

In addition to the finished pieces on the showroom floor, Arlene offers custom painting for any unpainted piece in inventory or for a piece of furniture of your own.

Stop by One Savvy Design’s showroom and discover a unique find!

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One Savvy Design

One Savvy Design Shabby Chic Furniture

74 Church Street (One block west of Starbucks), Montclair, NJ


Tuesday-Saturday 10-6

Friday Extended Holiday Hours 10-8

Sunday 12-5






Baristanet Thanksgiving Round Up 2015

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Wine, Beer and a Cocktail to Go With Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Tomorrow is the big day — Thanksgiving, Turkey Day, Gobble ’till you Wobble Day!

Here is a collection of recipes, cocktails, decor advice, playlists and more that we have given you over the years to help you host a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner:




  • Set the mood with some Turkey Tunes, a great Thanksgiving Day playlist.




Cocktails and Wine

Farnum Hill Semi-Dry Cider

You could also forget about it all and see if you can get a reservation at one of these restaurants.


Happy Thanksgiving!



The Weekend: What’s Happening After Thanksgiving

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes

You have an extra long holiday weekend after Thanksgiving. What to do? Personally, I eat leftovers, attend a close friend’s annual holiday kick off party, and start decorating for Christmas. But if you’re eager to get out, burn off those calories, and/or get your holiday shopping started, there are plenty of options.

We told you about:


Here’s what else is happening this weekend:

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Montclair Township Council Meeting: Town Reduces $40 Million of Debt Since 2011

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Montclair Chief Financial Officer Padmaja Rao delivers news on the reduced debt at the November 24 Montclair Township Council meeting while resident Sandy Sorkin (left) takes notes.

Montclair Chief Financial Officer Padmaja Rao delivers news on the reduced debt at the November 24 Montclair Township Council meeting while resident Sandy Sorkin (left) takes notes.

The Montclair Township Council held a brief conference meeting on November 24 at which it hosted the township’s chief financial officer, Padmaja Rao, who presented favorable news about Montclair’s finances.


Rao began by saying that, since the end of 2011, the township had reduced its debt from $223 million then to $183 million in November 2015, which caused Mayor Robert Jackson and the councilors to break out in applause.  Rao also reported that the township was able pay down $11.5 million through the budget  in the process.  Mayor Jackson said that the 22 percent reduction in the debt was significant because it allowed Montclair to dedicate less money to the debt while paying it down, providing some financial momentum.  Rao also said that 59 percent of general obligations bonds would come due in five years, the remainder coming due in ten years, which she was favorable toward debt reduction.

In public comment, resident Sandy Sorkin agreed that Rao’s news was wonderful, but he had an issue with the fact that her report had not been posted on the township’s website.  Rao had given hard copies of a slide presentation to the council, and Sorkin said that the public ought to be privy to the information that the council had only just received.  Sorkin added that this was an example of “secret reports” with details that the public couldn’t see.

“I think that you should have the same complaint that I have, that this should have been available before the meeting, so you wouldn’t have to sit here and read it to ask your questions,” Sorkin told the council.  He commended the $40 million debt  reduction but asked how much of it was canceling unissued bonds that were authorized.  Mayor Jackson said that the amount of issued debt went down by about $204 million to $164 million, so it’s the same spread as the drop in debt that was issued.

“I’ve heard this in the past,” the mayor said, “where people have said, ‘You’re not really reducing outstanding debt,  you’re just canceling other debt, and that is absolutely not the case.”

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Montclair Crime: Burglaries on Cooper and Ardsley; Dog Feces Smeared on Car Windshields

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Montclair Crime: Burglaries on Cooper and Ardsley; Dog Feces Smeared on Car WindshieldsMultiple parked cards were vandalized on North Fullerton — with dog feces. That and more in a week in Montclair crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police:


11-16-2015 (Glenridge Avenue) Mr. Willie Kearney, 57yoa from Montclair was found intoxicated and in possession of an open alcoholic beverage container. Mr. Kearney was interfering with PSE&G crews working at that location, repeatedly entering their work area, and creating a hazardous condition. He was arrested and charged with disorderly persons. He was also cited for possession of the open alcohol container.

11-18-2015 (Monroe Place) Ms. Nadiay Lamb, 31yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with DWI. Continue Reading

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