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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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

BY  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2015 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

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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Remember on Memorial Day

BY  |  Monday, May 25, 2015 7:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

It’s Memorial Day. We get excited on this unofficial start of summer, but before you have a BBQ, head down the Shore, or attend a local event, remember the men and women who gave their lives while in military service today. Attend a local service and/or parade with your family.



Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, May 24

BY  |  Saturday, May 23, 2015 10:52am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Approximately 44 properties are showing in Baristaville this holiday weekend. Highlights include a renovated carriage house in South Orange and a few new listings.

glenridge0524134 Ridgewood Ave., Glen Ridge

List Price: $649,000

Taxes: $20,612

Acreage: n/a


This nine-room split level has been on the market for about one month; it is the only property showing in Glen Ridge this weekend. Highlights include an updated kitchen, hardwood floors, a fireplace in the living room and central air. There is a partially finished full, walkout basement and a two-car attached garage. Outside, there is an open porch, patio and fire pit. The house was built in 1953. Open 2 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

Pickleball, Fastest Growing Sport in America, Has Hit Montclair

BY  |  Friday, May 22, 2015 12:10pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

pickleball-clipart2Pickleball, one of the nation’s fastest-growing sports, with some 400,000 people playing, has come to Montclair. Thanks to Montclair’s Department of Recreation, an Adult Pickleball Clinic is now open to those who love the sport or are interested in finding out about it.

Despite its popularity, many are simply not familiar with pickleball. What is it? Where does it come from? Why is it so popular?

Pickleball was created in 1965 by Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell and Barney McCallum. As the story goes, the three returned from an afternoon of golf to find their families sitting around Pritchard’s Washington home with nothing to do. They decided to get everyone involved in a game of badminton, but realized they lacked sufficient equipment aside from the net. So, they decided to improvise, using ping-pong paddles and a wiffle ball instead. At that moment, the sport of pickleball was born.

Pickleball has continued to grow over the past 50 years. Described as “oversized ping-pong,” this racquet sport has attracted players of all ages and athletic abilities. The simple rules of the game and the ease of learning to play has drawn many to give the game a try. Played on a badminton sized court with a tennis sized net, players use paddles to keep a plastic ball going back and forth.

Hope Kerr, who runs the Montclair Adult Pickleball Clinic, decided to start it after seeing how popular the sport was in places like Florida and thought “it was a great idea for Montclair.” After making a few phone calls to the department of recreation, Kerr managed to secure the town’s blessing to set up the clinic. The clinic is intended to teach people the game and give them an opportunity to play it.

“I had never played it (pickleball) before,” said Jessica Wolf, one of the women partaking in the clinic. Although Wolf has said its “hard to get used to playing with a paddle and a wiffle ball” and that initially the experience has been as she puts “humbling,” overall she says it has really been a lot of fun and she plans to continue playing

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Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas in Clifton to Host Farm-to-Table Benefit Dinner

BY  |  Friday, May 22, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas

If you attended the Montclair Public Library Foundation’s Under the Covers party last week, then you know that the food from Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas was delicious. If you want to try more, an upcoming event is a great opportunity. The Clifton Commons restaurant, which specializing in small plates that put modern twists to Italian classics, will host a City Green Farm-To-Table Dinner on Thursday, June 4.

A reception featuring passed appetizers will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a six-course dinner, featuring a scratch-made menu prepared by Executive Chef Josh Bernstein, complete with wine pairings. Below is the full menu:

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Montclair Art Museum Chief Curator Gail Stavitsky Honored With a 2015 John Cotton Dana Award

BY  |  Friday, May 22, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Art Museum

Gail Stavitsky, chief curator of the Montclair Art Museum (MAM), has been selected to receive the 2015 John Cotton Dana Award from the New Jersey Association of Museums.

Stavitsky is being honored for advancing the service of museums to the region, for demonstrating visionary and innovative leadership, and for epitomizing the highest standards of professional commitment as exemplified by museum pioneer John Cotton Dana (1856–1929). The award will be presented at the NJAM Annual Meeting at the beautiful Grounds for Sculpture on June 1.

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