Baristanet Profile: Nicky Mesiah

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Nicky Mesiah

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

Name: Nicolette (Nicky) Mesiah

Where do you live? In the hip, chic Montclair ‘Center’

When did you move there? 30 years ago

Where did you grow up? Buffalo, NY

How do you make a living? Creating/selling only delicious ‘Healthy cookies & Toffee

Coffee, tea or … ? MishMish coffee w/steamed cream please….

What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday? Listening & dancing to Felix Hernandez on WBGO-88.3FM from 10-2 pm.

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Montclair Historical Society Announces Price of Liberty Film Series Line-Up

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The Price of Liberty Film Series

For the third year in a row, the Montclair Historical Society will host a film series focusing on Civil Rights and the African American experience with a historical perspective. Each program in The Price of Liberty Film Series consists of excerpts of the documentary plus lively discussion and Q&A with a humanities scholar. 

Mark your calendars for three very important films:

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Seen Around Town: Snowy Day

BY  |  Friday, Feb 05, 2016 7:57am  |  COMMENTS (0)



This is what Montclair roads look like right now. Schools have a 2-hour delay this morning, but there is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect until noon and an expected 3-5 inches this morning.

Anyone else want to get back in bed?



What You Need To Know Tonight: Fetty Wap at The Wellmont

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 04, 2016 5:09pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Fetty Wap’s first headline show, tonight at The Wellmont, is completely sold out. The Wellmont has arranged for free parking tonight for concert-goers at Lackawanna Plaza, located at 294 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. Doors open at 7 p.m. Concert begins at 8 p.m. There will be staff at the Lackawanna lot to help facilitate parking logistics.

Wellmont marquée

Wellmont marquée. Photo: George Wirt

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Racial Discrimination Depicted in Upcoming Solo Art Exhibit in Newark

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 04, 2016 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Nina Chanel AbneyProject For Empty Space at Gateway Project Spaces is pleased to present If You Say So… a solo exhibition by artist in residence Nina Chanel Abney on February 10 from 6 pm – 9 pm. A series of limited edition prints created for the exhibition will be released in conjunction with the opening reception.

If You Say So… is an exhibition of large scale paintings and collages created by the artist during a recent trip to Brazil and during her residency in Newark. The works are comprised of brilliantly hued geometries, alphanumeric forms, and androgynous figures. Hyperpigmented blues, blinding oranges, and curvaceous yet precise monochrome silhouettes of faces samba across the giant canvases. And yet, despite the apparent gaiety and vibrancy of Abney’s works, the conceptual genesis of this collection is borne from the nefarious and widespread transnational pandemic of racial discrimination, economics, and police brutality.

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First Ward Meeting: Coptic Church Project, Historic Preservation, and Parking Discussions

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 04, 2016 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair First Ward Councilor William Hurlock at his February 3 community meeting

Montclair First Ward Councilor William Hurlock at his February 3 community meeting

Montclair First Ward Councilor William Hurlock’s 14th community meeting on February 3 was sparsely attended due to bad weather, but there was spirited discussion on a number of issues.

Expansion of Church at Cedar Grove/Montclair Border

The biggest topic at the meetings was the proposed expansion of the Coptic Church on the Cedar Grove side of the border off Bradford Avenue.  Residents of neighborhoods on both sides of the municipal line have expressed concern over the size of the enlargement, which resident and activist Toni Pagliuca described in great detail.  The impacts, she said, would include the clearing of trees, increased traffic, and poor drainage that could lead to possible flooding.  Forty houses would feel immediate impacts, given their proximity to the proposed project, but Montclair residents on Highland Avenue could feel adverse impacts in the form of dynamiting and pile driving near their homes.  Historic Preservation Commission Vice Co-Chair Kathleen Bennett added that she was concerned about the integrity of the nearby Mountain Historic District.  Pagliuca has been working to get people more aware of the Coptic church expansion.

Councilor Hurlock said he, Mayor Robert Jackson and Second Ward Councilor Robin Schlager have been working with Essex County Freeholder Brendan Gill to address the issue, and he added that one thing they were looking at was getting more information about the process in Cedar Grove and the number of variances needed for such a project.  Pagliuca said that the project would likely require eighteen variances from Cedar Grove’s regulations.  He conceded that it was a “delicate, diplomatic issue” for him due to the fact that it is in the jurisdiction of another municipality.

Pagliuca said she hoped to make the Coptic church expansion a much bigger issue beyond the immediate neighborhood it impacts, given the rippling effects it would have on other areas.  A possibly final vote on the project is set for February 9, and it will be the first time the public will be allowed to comment on the matter. Continue Reading

The Weekend: Museums, Music, Markets, and More!

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Montclair Film Festival

Lots of great events to enjoy this first weekend in February!

We told you about:

Here’s what else is happening this weekend:

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Where to Get Your Game Day Grub

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 03, 2016 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Football fans will tune in to watch Super Bowl 50 this Sunday, February 7.  Whether you really care about the championship game between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers or are just tuning to in watch the commercials, one thing’s for sure – everyone wants game day grub.

Here are a few local places that will offer catering for your Big Game party:

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Seen Around Town: New ‘Smart’ Meters in Montclair Center

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 03, 2016 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

smart meters

Photographer Phil Cantor captured this photo of the installation of new smart meters from the IPS Group in Montclair Center, which will allow you to pay by phone, credit card or cash.

This video on IPS Group’s website gives a demo on how they work:

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Montclair Township Council: Senior Bus Service, Affordable Housing, Security

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 03, 2016 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Dr. Katie York

Dr. Katie York

The Montclair Township Council’s February 2 conference meeting – which took place in the council chambers rather than the second-floor conference room owing to the municipal building’s elevator being broken – featured discussions on numerous topics within an hour, with Dr. Katie York’s presentation on senior bus service being paramount.

Dr. York, the project director for the senior advocacy group Lifelong Montclair, proposed a partnership between the township and Meadowlink — a nonprofit transit provider — to operate the senior bus line for Montclair.  She said that Meadowlink’s service would be superior to Montclair’s current senior bus system by providing more service, safety and reliability, as well as on-board cameras, and GPS directional service,  and backups for both buses and bus drivers to ensure consistent operation.  All of their buses are less than five years and inspected by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

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