Go Groove at the Montclair Motown Benefit Party for MESH

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MESHing with Motown

On Friday, November 14, Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless, aka MESH, will present their second annual MESHing with Motown party at the Van Vleck House & Gardens. I heard it through the grapevine that it’s a party you don’t want to miss. They’ll be dancing in the street all night long! Ooh, ooh Baby I can’t help myself with all the Motown song references..

The evening will be emceed by Frankie Faison and will feature live music by Valarie Adams & The Dimensions, dancing, food, wine, and a variety of silent auction items. All that fun for a very good cause. MESH provides a safe and warm place for the homeless to sleep when temperatures drop to 20° during cold weather season or rise above 100° during the warm weather season. MESH also provides evening meals Monday through Saturday through its café program hosted by 17 local partner houses of worship.

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Bloomfield Crime: 28 Arrests, One Of a Montclair Man For Unlawful Possession of Gun With Hollow Point Bullets

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crimeTwenty-eight arrests, one of a Montclair man for unlawful possession of a firearm with hollow point bullets in this week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:


10/20/14  – A gate was forced open on a construction site on the 400 block of Bloomfield Avenue in a commercial burglary that occurred between Saturday 10/18 and Monday 10/20. The victim reported that the proceeds were $27,000.00 worth of aluminum light poles.

10/21/14 – A residential burglary that occurred between 7:50 am and 2:00 pm was reported on Forest Drive. A point of entry could not be determined and it is believed that the only item stolen was a change jar containing approximately $60.00 in coins.

10/22/14 – A residential burglary was reported on Woodland Road at 11:31 am. A basement window was determined to be the point of entry. It is unknown what if anything was taken.

10/25/14 – An apartment was burglarized on the lower end of Hill Street between 10/25 and 10/26. A bedroom window was determined to be the point of entry and the victim reported that a Sony Play Station 2 was stolen.

10/26/14 – An apartment was burglarized on the lower end of Mill Street between 3:00 pm and 9:30 pm. There were no signs of forced entry and the victim reported that 2 bottles of prescription cough medicine were stolen.

10/27/14 – The victim of a residential burglary reported at 3:00 am seeing a male at his bedroom window. The suspect fled on Henry Street and evidence was recovered indicating the suspect used a stick to cut holes in two screens in the attempt to gain entry.

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Local Chefs Share Their Celebrity Chef Inspirations

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William Orpen Le Chef de l'Hôtel Chatham, Paris (Credit: Wikipedia)

It’s likely you have been inspired by the delicious dishes you’ve eaten at our superb local restaurants. Whether they’ve inspired you to cook your own versions of your favorite meals, or you have just truly enjoyed and relished a delicious dish, these chefs are making big names for themselves in the culinary world – many have appeared and won on Food Network shows.

We wanted to know who inspired them. We asked them to name a celebrity chef who they’ve learned from or admire. Julia Child and Jean-Georges Vongerichten were expected picks, but we loved some other choices — family and friends:


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Baristanet Guide to Local Nail Salons

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nails & bodywork

A manicure and pedicure are relatively budget-friendly ways to treat yourself. Well-groomed fingers and toes are important accessories to your overall appearance and you get the added bonus of a stress-reducing massage. 

We visited several local salons ourselves (job perk) and asked locals for their favorites, to put together our guide to the area’s best nail salons:

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MAM Scares Up $47,000 At Fright Night at the Museum II

Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 2:19pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

frightMAM’s popular Halloween-themed bash Fright Night at the Museum II raised over $47,000 for the Museum’s exhibitions and educational programs. Some 130 costumed attendees enjoyed the bewitching evening a on Saturday, October 18.

MAM’s Leir Hall was transformed into a frightening forest to set the stage for the fabulous event. Delicious potions of hard cider and gin donated by Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery and tantalizing bites provided by Laurence Craig Catering were enjoyed by all. A clairvoyant, Paula Roberts, told the future of each guest and an eerie photo booth had visitors playing into their characters. Dancers from Montclair High School’s School of Visual and Performing Arts (SVPA), led by Mary Blackburn, enticed guests to the dance floor with the Time Warp, followed by a Halloween flash mob. A silent auction featured highlights from Jets tickets to jewelry, including donations from Amanti Vino, Bergen Furs, and the HL Group.

Richard Stanton, MAM Trustee Andrew Lacey, Wendy Lacey, and June Stanton

Richard Stanton, MAM Trustee Andrew Lacey, Wendy Lacey, and June Stanton

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Tonight at MSU: Film Institute Launches Free Series with Citizen Koch

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nonameThe Montclair Film Institute at Montclair State University will kick off its first year with a full schedule of free screenings and discussions with directors on Tuesday evenings that are open to the public.

On Tuesday, October 28, the Institute will present Citizen Koch: A Film About Money, Power and Democracy. The first in a series of five Tuesday evening screenings, Citizen Koch looks at the influence of money in politics in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling. The 7 p.m. screening, which will be held at University Hall on the Montclair State campus, will be followed by a discussion with the film’s directors, Carl Deal and Tia Lessin. Continue Reading

Concert at The Wellmont To Honor Brendan Tevlin

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Brendan TevlinOn Sunday, November 30, The Wellmont Theater in Montclair will host a concert in memory of Brendan Tevlin, the 19 year old from Livingston, NJ who was murdered in JuneSeveral Bands will be participating and all proceeds will go to the Brendan P. Tevlin ’13 Memorial Field Fund at Brendan’s alma mater, Seton Hall Prep.

Todd Pettengill, host of WPLJ’s “The Todd Show,” will emcee the concert. Pettengill spoke out on Tevlin’s murder during a segment on his radio show in September.” Continue Reading

Montclair Breast Center Announces 100 Percent Early Diagnosis of Breast Cancer

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Dr. Gail Quackenbush, MBC Radiologist / Breast Imager

The national average for early diagnosis of breast cancer in all women is just 85.5 percent, which is why the recent announcement by the Montclair Breast Center that it has reached 100 percent early diagnosis of breast cancer is exceptional.

Between June 2011 and June 2014, 100% of Montclair Breast Center’s established patients — those having consecutive annual screening mammograms performed there – who were found to have breast cancer were diagnosed at the most treatable Stage 0, Stage 1 and very rarely Stage 2.

Those numbers are significant, since the American Cancer Society states that “most doctors feel that early detection tests for breast cancer save thousands of lives each year, and that many more lives could be saved if even more women and their health care providers took advantage of these tests.”

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A Great Day For Dogs At Strut Your Mutt

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strut nascarIt was a fun day for dogs, yesterday at Strut Your Mutt, Essex County’s annual Halloween costume contest and parade at Brookdale Park. Costumed dogs and many costumed owners walked the runway as judges decided winners in a variety of categories.

Taking the top prize for Most Creative was “Army Girl” a pup in full military gear,manning a tank. Scariest winner was “Cruella Deville” and her dalmatians. Best in Show went to “The Nascar Team” (pictured above), dogs driving race cars. Continue Reading

Anderson’s 1949 Montclair: Great Eats on Glenridge Avenue

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Louis Antonio (barista/apprentice) with Sherry Grimes (chef/owner) at Anderson's 1949.

Louis Antonio (barista/apprentice) with Sherry Grimes (chef/owner) at Anderson’s 1949.

Craving creme anglaise stuffed French Toast or maybe fried chicken & waffles? Head over today to Glenridge Ave. for brunch, where Anderson’s 1949 has opened.

The cozy, bright space, created by chef/owner Sherry Grimes at 39 Glenridge Ave., is in the perfect spot for Bay Street commuters to grab French press coffee and a croissant or scone (Grimes brings in breads and other goodies from Balthazar Bakery) in the morning, or dinner on the way home, but Anderson’s 1949 is worth the trip no matter where you live for its inventive fare.

What we tried and liked for lunch: “The Hylton,” a beef burger featuring Black Forest rubbed bacon, Bayley Hazen blue cheese, roasted pears, sweet pickled red onions and garlic aioli. It paired perfectly with Anderson’s crispy matchstick Parmesan truffle fries. Continue Reading

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The coffee is fantastic. So is the food! It is around the corner from Nicolo's bakery, for those readers not familiar with the area.

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