Vote For Bloomfield Mom’s Gingerbread Carmen in The Met Bakeoff

BY  |  Friday, Dec 19, 2014 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

The Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera is holding a Gingerbread Character Bakeoff and a Bloomfield baker needs Baristaville’s vote and support. We think her gingerbread Carmen is truly worth it!

The Met’s contest in for promotion of its production of Hansel & Gretel, which is running through January 8.

The public was asked to design a gingerbread cookie based on their favorite opera character to enter. The winner will get four tickets to the Met and special prizes from Epicerie Boulud.

Ann Marie Scello entered this spicy red Carmen.

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Baristanet Profile: Ken Dowell

BY  |  Friday, Dec 19, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Ken Dowel

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

Name: Ken Dowell

Where do you live? Montclair

When did you move there? In 2006 from Jersey City

Where did you grow up? Born in Paterson and grew up in Totowa

How do you make a living? Retired last year from a news release distribution company where I had worked for 35+ years most recently developing new products and building Web and social media audiences.

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Montclair Restaurant Owners Share Their Diverse Holiday Food Traditions

BY  |  Friday, Dec 19, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Homemade lasagna

Homemade lasagna

Like many families, mine follows some holiday food traditions. Years ago when my Italian-American grandparents were alive, they served seafood on Christmas Eve. Over the past three decades, homemade lasagna, meatballs and ricotta cheesecake became staples on many Christmases.

Baristanet asked restaurant owners who make up Montclair’s diverse restaurant scene what they serve and eat around the holidays:

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Stephen Colbert Signs Off On “The Colbert Report”

BY  |  Friday, Dec 19, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Stephen Colbert Under Fire For Tweet From Comedy Central's @ColbertReport“If this is your first time tuning in to ‘The Colbert Report,’ I have some terrible news.”

Montclair’s own Stephen Colbert said goodbye last night after 9 years of his show, “The Colbert Report.” If you didn’t see it yet, we won’t spoil it, but not breaking character, a great scene with the Grim Reaper, and the many special guests who joined him in singing “We’ll Meet Again,” were highlights.

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Breaking: Pedestrian Hit By Car on Grove and Walnut Streets, Montclair

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 12:34pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

pedestrian hit

We just received a report of an accident on Grove and Walnut Streets in Montclair. A pedestrian was hit and police are currently on the scene.

We’ll update when we receive more information.



Matisyahu…Unplugged Festival of Light Tour at SOPAC

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

MatisyahuMatisyahu will end his eighth annual Festival of Light tour with four intimate “unplugged” concerts beginning with his performance on December 26 at SOPAC.

Three years ago the formerly Hassidic artist shaved his beard, two years ago he began taking his Festival of Light tour beyond the confines of New York, and this year Matisyahu adds four “unplugged” dates just after Hanukkah at intimate venues along the east coast.

Joined by his long-time friend and guitarist Aaron Dugan, Matisyahu plays material which spans his ten year career as an American alternative rock musician known for blending Orthodox Jewish themes with reggae, rock and hip hop beatboxing sounds. The Festival of Light tour capitalizes on the “light amid darkness” theme of Hanukkah which also runs throughout the musician’s life and work.

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Atelier $27 Fashion Show Friday

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Atelier is hosting a special $27 Fashion Show tomorrow night, Friday, December 19 from 7 – 8 pm. That’s right, all items in the show are only $27! Atelier wants you to see just how FABULOUS $27 can look.

There will be sample sale pieces, accessories and end of the season items. Fashion show begins promptly at 7 pm.

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The Weekend: Films, Parties, Music, and More

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)


Many great events to enjoy this weekend. We told you about:

And there’s more! Here are your weekend highlights:

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The Arc of Essex County Hosted Annual Home Assistance Program Holiday Party

BY  |  Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Arc of Essex County

The Arc of Essex County, an organization dedicated to helping children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, hosted the 25th annual Home Assistance Program holiday party at the Knights of Columbus in Livingston on Wednesday, December 10. Nineteen Essex County families are a part of The Arc of Essex County’s HAP program, which provides services to families whose child and/or parent has an intellectual or developmental disability and are considered to be low income.

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Baristanet Guide to Gifting Local: Week Five

BY  |  Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Baristanet Guide to Gifting Local

Continuing on with more local items on locals’ holiday wish lists, here is our Baristanet Guide to Gifting Local: Week Five.

We hope these gift ideas inspire you!

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