Baristanet Profile: Frank Diaz

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Frank Diaz

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

Name: Frank Diaz

Where do you live? In lovely Montclair, NJ

When did you move there? I moved here in 1996

Where did you grow up? I grew up on Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY playing under the boardwalk in the shadows of the decaying amusement rides.

How do you make a living? Well, actually I split my time between overseeing the hospitality public relations firm I co-founded with my wife Karen Schloss  — diaz • schloss communications — and being an international fine art photographer with my collaborator Deb Young from New Zealand.

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Senior Joke-A-Thon: Still Laughing After All These Years

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“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” ~ e. e. cummings

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.” ~ Proverb attributed to King Solomon

Senior Joke-A-Thon

Still Laughing After All These Years is an oganization that believes laughter is truly the best medicine for a long and happy life. They will host the first ever Senior Joke-A-Thon on October 15 at the JCC MetroWest in West Orange, NJ. Featuring over 100 senior men and women telling joke after joke to make each other laugh, the program has been empowering seniors for over a year and this event will feature the largest group of senior joke tellers and audience members ever together in one place!

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R.I.P. Peter Joseph Beattie

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Peter Joseph BeattiePeter Joseph Beattie, 55, of New York City, passed away on October 7, 2015, after a brief illness.

Born on April 23, 1960,  and raised in Upper Montclair and Manhattan, Mr. Beattie played on the Montclair Hockey Team at Clary Anderson Arena, was on the swim and tennis teams at Bradford Bath & Tennis Club, and was a member of The Montclair Riding Academy.  He loved animals.

Mr. Beattie’s career began with Cappy Productions in Manhattan in the 1980s where he worked in television and film for Bud Greenspan, most notably for the Heisman Trophy Awards, The Olympics and the sports segment of the CBS Nighly News entitled, “This Day In Sports”.

He switched careers to marry and raise a family with Vera Yefremova Beattie and became a well known fancy food executive in the 1990s, often interviewed by Crain’s New York and the New York Times as an  appy and imported cheese expert.  Mr. Beattie was a highly sought after creative concept talent who launched innovations for Balducci’s, Dean & DeLuca, Marche Madison and Fairway in Manhattan.  He was recruited by Liquor Barn in Lexington, KY, in the mid-1990s and relocated there for many years.  Mr. Beattie returned to Fairway, NYC, in 2013, where he was employed until his death.

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An Evening of Hot Chili & Cool Brew at the Newark Museum

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Evening of Hot Chili & Cool Brew

Lovers of good beer and hearty food should check out Newark Museum’s An Evening of Hot Chili & Cool Brew at the Newark Museum on Thursday, October 15.

You’ll sample meat and vegetarian chili and wash it down with local, domestic and international beers from Anchor Brewing, Boon Brewery,  Brooklyn Brewery, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, New Jersey Beer Company, Duvel, Gaslight Brewery, Forgotten Boardwalk, Ommegang,  Rodenback Brewery, Sweetwater,  Colony Meadery, Sixpoint Brewery, Troegs, 21st Amendment, and many more.  Guests will be sampling their beer in a memento pub tasting glass.

Chili samples will be provided by Burger Walla, Cravings A Caterer, Eclectic Catering, Encore Catering, Frungillo Caterers, Gaslight Brewery & Restaurant, Kilkenny Ale House, Laurence Craig Catering, Martini 494, McGovern’s Tavern, Nana’s Deli and Ultimate Caterers.  Hobby’s Delicatessen & Restaurant will be contributing hot dogs and trimmings.

Guests will have access to the historic Ballantine House – once home of the famed beer and ale brewing family – and the exhibition The Shape of Light: Gabriel Dawe.

An Evening of Hot Chili & Cool Brew
Thursday, October 15 at 6 pm
Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ
Tickets are $60 for a general admission and may be purchased by calling (973) 596-6559; or online.



Freeholder Gill Ordinance Prohibiting Smoking in County Parks Passes

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Yesterday, Essex County Freeholder Vice President Brendan Gill announced that the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders passed the Essex County Parks and Building Exterior Smoke Free Air Ordinance he sponsored that would prohibit smoking in Essex County Parks.

“It’s our priority to ensure the children and families utilizing Essex County’s parks have a safe and healthy environment to enjoy, and this resolution takes a significant step in that direction,” said Freeholder Gill. “The dangers that tobacco and second hand smoke pose are well-documented, so we must take every step possible to ensure that Essex County residents have access to the basic right of clean air. I remain committed to working with great organizations like NJGASP to continue creating safe spaces for the people of Essex County to enjoy.”

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Layered & Cozy for Fall Fashion

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 Fall Fashion

With the brisk autumn breeze here to stay, it’s time to add a few new pieces to our closets. We shared our menswear picks with you here, now it’s time for the ladies. Women love being cozy and comfortable, yet trendy during the fall. From sweaters, cardigans, pea coats, and boyfriend jeans, we’ve got you covered on comfy layers.

Check out what trendy pieces we found for fall in our local shops:


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Montclair BOE: Technology Initiative, Mental Health Counseling, and More On Buzz Aldrin

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The Montclair Board of Education held its October workshop meeting on Wednesday, October 7, and the board members were greeted with a presentation from the school district’s technology director, Barry Haines, on his two-year technology plan for the schools.

The Montclair Board of Education at its October 2015 workshop

The Montclair Board of Education at its October 2015 workshop

Haines directed teachers and students who assembled for the presentation to show how computers work in classroom instruction. Language arts teacher Yvette Spicer of Bradford Elementary School said that was able to use computers in her writing and reading class to teach students how to write better by editing compositions online in real time and then conferring with her upon completion of their first drafts.  Spicer noted how they were able to understand the need to edit their work through the use of technology.  She also said that the student’s use of computers that typed out oral expressions helped them gain confidence as writers by overcoming writers’ block and giving them a “jump start.”  This was followed by Montclair High School Mandarin teacher Lei Liang and his demonstration of how students were able to use Google Classroom to obtain their assignments and type Chinese words based on sounds with a Latin-alphabet keyboard,  and how assignments were turned in online for immediate evaluation.  Student Rebecca Gelman helped in the demonstration. Continue Reading

The Weekend: Music, Parties, and More!

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This gorgeous autumn weekend is full of great happenings to enjoy.

We told you about:

Here’s what else is happening this weekend:

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Shredding Saturday at Montclair High, 10/10

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shredGet your shred on this Saturday, October 10, when the Civics & Government Institute of MHS hosts Shredding Saturday. Continue Reading

Best Fall Menswear Pieces

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It’s autumn in New Jersey and it’s time to officially start bundling up. From flannel, leather and tweed fabrics, it’s all about keeping warm and comfy, yet durable.

We picked out some of the best menswear pieces this season to add to your closet. Check out what we found in our local shops:


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