Montclair Pedestrian Safety Committee Shares 5 Action Items in Quarterly Report

BY  |  Wednesday, May 27, 2015 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

drive with care in montclairThe Montclair Pedestrian Safety Committee, with the help of the public and a strategic planning consultant, has adopted 5 action items to move forward with, which were presented to the Town Council on February 10.

One of the five actions is quarterly reporting on pedestrian accidents in Montclair, as well as an update on what the safety committee is doing to reduce these accidents. Committee member Alex Kent, who is also a coordinator at Drive with Care in Montclair and a community liaison for Montclair Health and Wellness Partnership, sharesthe committee’s the first Pedestrian Safety Committee quarterly report with below:

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Giveaway: Outpost in the Burbs Presents Anna Nalick at Van Vleck House & Gardens

BY  |  Wednesday, May 27, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

Anna NalickOutpost in the Burbs outdoors at the beautiful Van Vleck House and Gardens, on Sunday, May 31 and Baristanet has a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader!

Starting in 2005, Nalick released her first studio produced album Wreck of the Day, featuring the hit single “Breathe (2AM)” under the SonyMusic label. The song propelled to the top of the charts and sent Anna on a nearly four year tour around the world. Featuring her third hit single “Shine,” Anna and SonyMusic released The Shine EP. Both Wreck of the Day and The Shine EP can still be heard widely on radio and television today, with “Breathe” being featured twice on the hit television drama “Grey’s Anatomy.”

In 2011, Nalick released her first independently produced album Broken Doll & Odds & Ends. This album featured a wide range of instruments, performed by a very talented collection of musicians. Anna’s unique storytelling ability and timeless sense of melody has gained even more notoriety with fans, selling over 30,000 copies during the album’s first month. Presently, Anna is dedicating the majority of her time to writing for her next project. Unlike the acoustic feel of Broken Doll & Odds & Ends, Anna’s next album will be an electric collection of songs, featuring a full band and a bigger sound than previously produced.

Special Guest Christina Holmes will also perform at the acoustic show.

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Open Book / Open Mind Series: Charles Blow in Conversation with James Johnson at MPL

BY  |  Wednesday, May 27, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Charles Blow

In January, the Montclair Public Library launched the Open Book / Open Mind series, which brings together prominent authors and public figures in conversation. The series has included conversations with Montclair novelists Matthew Thomas and Christina Baker Kline, New York Times Op-Ed columnist and bestselling author Frank Bruni, and this Sunday, May 31, MPL in collaboration with Watchung Booksellers, will welcome author and New York Times columnist Charles Blow.

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Amanti Vino Announces Winners of Wine Label Design Contest

BY  |  Wednesday, May 27, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Amanti Vino

Amanti Vino‘s official store mascot, proprietor Sharon Sevrens’ gentle Yellow Labrador retriever Rufus, will star in a series of wine labels for the independent wine and spirits shop’s 10th anniversary private-label launch, Cuvée Rufus.

The shop held an art contest for all ages for the design. Over 150 submissions, from paintings and sketches to digitally enhanced photographs and crayon drawings, poured in from around the country. There were so many great entries, that Sevrens doubled the number of winners from four to eight.

“We were thrilled by the talent and creativity shown in the submissions,” says Severns, who added, “The winners — all from New Jersey — shared eye-catching design with clever, well-executed portrayals of Rufus that captured his sweet nature.”

Amanti Vino will launch two private-label wines, a red and a white, in the fall. Each box will include three bottles of four winning designs representing the four age groups.

And the Amanti Vino 10th Anniversary Wine Label Design Contest winners are:

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Baristanet Profile: Demetri Malki

BY  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Demetri Malki

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

Name: Demetri Malki

Where do you live? Westfield

When did you move there? I moved there three years ago and before that I lived in Montclair for four years at 415 Claremont Avenue.

Where did you grow up? I was born in Syria. I came here when I was six. We lived on Main Street in Paterson for about three years before my parents bought a house in Clifton. I graduated Clifton High School then went to Rutgers before transferring to Montclair State.

How do you make a living? Restaurateurs usually make money from other businesses. I’m fortunate to make a living with my own restaurant, De Novo in Montclair.

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Montclair Film Festival Summer Series Opens With Singing Plants at The Presby Iris Gardens

BY  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Film Festival Summer Series

It’s (unofficially) summer and the Montclair Film Festival Summer Series kicks off this Friday with an outdoor screening of Little Shop of Horrors!

Pack up your blankets, chairs and picnics and go enjoy the fun 1986 musical horror/comedy film directed by Frank Oz starring Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Steve Martin, and Levi Stubbs as the voice of Audrey II—the singing plant.

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Bloomfield Council to Ponder Choice of New Slogan for Welcome Signs

BY  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (7)


Photo credit: John Lee/Black Tie and Flip Flops

DPW Director Anthony Nesto announced at last Monday’s conference meeting that results had come in from a contest to choose a slogan to grace new “Welcome to Bloomfield” signs that will be put in place to greet motorists entering the Township on several major thoroughfares.

The contest was initiated by Nesto two months ago with the help of Parks Director Mike Sceurman, Bloomfield High School Principal Chris Jennings (who agreed to invite the high school students to participate in the contest), and the Bloomfield Educational Foundation, which authorized a $500 prize for the winning slogan. The final choice is to be made by the Mayor and Council.

On Monday evening, Nesto thanked Sceurman, Jennings and the BEF for their contributions, as well as Municipal Clerk Louise Palagano and the seven Department Heads for helping him narrow the field. He said they had received 124 submissions from the students. The most popular among the students was #62, he said, which was “Our Unity Makes Our Community.” He said he and Palagano had each picked their 15 favorites, and had only one overlapping choice. “A perfect married couple,” quipped Mayor Michael Venezia. “Mine were better,” Palagno responded. Continue Reading

Glen Ridge Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony 2015

BY  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

glen ridge memorial day parade

The Glen Ridge Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony dates back to 1922 when the town’s World War One Monument was dedicated to honor community members who died in service to our country. Since then, additional memorials have been added, inscribed with the names of those Glen Ridge service members who died during WW2, The Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War.

Participants in yesterday’s parade included Borough Officials, The GR Police Department and the Volunteer Ambulance Squad. Numerous community groups and local organizations followed the beat of the Glen Ridge High School Marching Band as they paraded along Ridgewood Avenue.

The ceremony began with the lowering of the flag to half mast and ended with a bugle sounding “Taps.”

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Seen Around Town: Cooling Off at Essex Pool

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essex pool

Yesterday’s warm, sunny temperatures had locals happy that area pools were open for the season. Even the ducks were looking to cool off. This duck took a quick dip at Montclair’s Essex pool. Thanks to Chanda Hall for the photo!

See any interesting and/or fun things around town? Send your photos here.



DHS Secretary, War Hero Speak at Montclair Memorial Day Observance

BY  |  Monday, May 25, 2015 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson speaks at the 2015 Montclair Memorial Day ceremony.

Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson speaks at the 2015 Montclair Memorial Day ceremony.

Montclair held its annual Memorial Day observance in Edgemont Memorial Park, which was developed as a public space in 1925 to honor the veterans of World War I (then called the World War of the Great War). Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary and Montclair resident Jeh Johnson was the featured speaker, and retired U.S. Air Force Major William Horn, a Montclair resident since 2010, spoke about his experiences in Vietnam.

Johnson, the fourth DHS Secretary, was introduced by Mayor Robert Jackson, who cited Johnson’s many accomplishments,  including his service as a federal prosecutor, General Counsel of the Air Force, and General Counsel of the Defense Department.  Johnson said his proudest distinction was to be a Montclair resident.  When he first came here to look at houses, he said, “I knew this was going to be home.”  He praised his adopted hometown as an “urbane suburb” that embraced progressive values.

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