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.http://onesavvydesignconsignment.com

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!

You can find us in the Orange House on Church Street.unnamed (3) 

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

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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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Ashenfelter 8K Classic: A Thanksgiving Morning Tradition in Glen Ridge

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Ashenfelter 8K Classic

In Glen Ridge, for the past 16 years, Thanksgiving starts with a race — The Ashenfelter 8K Classic. (It makes stuffing yourself with stuffing (and pie) later a bit more guilt-free) It’s not too late to register and join!

The Ashenfelter 8K honors Olympian and Glen Ridge resident Horace Ashenfelter who won the steeple chase event at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. The Ashenfelter begins at 9 am and is open to everyone… walkers, joggers, runners and racers. To date, the Ashenfelter 8K Classic has raised over $100K for the Glen Ridge Educational Foundation.

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Baristanet Guide to Buying (or Cutting Down) a Real Christmas Tree

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Richfield Farms

Richfield Farms

If you celebrate Christmas, you’re getting ready to put up the tree (unless you’re an early bird and did it the day after Thanksgiving.) If you prefer the real deal and would never go artificial, you’re in luck. Around here, or not too far away, there are many choices. Want to go rustic? Head out to western Jersey or up to the border of New York state for a true cut-it-yourself tree experience. Looking for a quick pick-and-wrap experience? We’ve got you covered. We even did some comparison shopping for you, because we’re cool like that.

Here are places where you can buy or cut down a real Christmas tree:

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Parking and Redevelopment Again Dominate Montclair Third Ward Community Meeting

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (4)

Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller with constituents at his November 23 community meeting

Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller with constituents at his November 23 community meeting

Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller held a community meeting on November 23 at the Montclair Library, where he briefed constituents on the latest developments in parking, street improvements, and redevelopment, and their issues.  As always, constituents had their own concerns and their own takes on the issues Councilor Spiller addressed.

The councilor began with a rundown of various ongoing topics, parking being the most pressing of them.  He explained that the Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates was looking at how Montclair’s public parking could be best utilized, saying that the consultants were determining what rates to charge where, how to get more cars off the street through the effort to incentivize parking on the decks (especially the Fullerton deck, which is not widely used) and what rates to charge where and when, depending on how often spaces are used and peak times of use.  Councilor Spiller explained that the findings, due out in early 2016, should enable the township to make the most out of the parking available and possibly create more parking, such as building more decks.  He also informed the constituents in attendance that Montclair was moving aggressively to replace the meters with new, advanced meters that will allow people to pay by means other than coins and will be easy to repair or replace when defective.

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Montclair Fashion Night Brings The Wow to Wellmont Theater

BY  |  Monday, Nov 23, 2015 3:42pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


A Montclair Center BID production, last night’s Montclair Fashion Night: Holiday Preview, celebrated the rich and diverse offerings from Montclair’s favorite retailers. Hundreds of fashion lovers packed the Wellmont Theater to experience holiday looks and the latest fashion trends, represented by local stores, with looks form ready to wear, evening wear, vintage style and couture. Continue Reading

Shop Local on Small Business Saturday

BY  |  Monday, Nov 23, 2015 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Small Business Saturday

With Thanksgiving on Thursday, the official holiday shopping season begins this weekend. We say ditch the crowded malls and shop locally on Saturday. You’ll support small businesses and get unique gifts for your loved ones.

A nationwide event, Small Business Saturday was founded by American Express in 2010 to help small businesses get more exposure during one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year. The day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before. This year, the big day is November 28.

Here are what some local stores are offering:

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