Enjoy Jewish Soul Food and Israeli Wine Tasting at Bnai Keshet Annual Book Festival

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Jewish Soul Food

The annual Bnai Keshet Book Festival happens this Saturday, November 22 with the theme Journeys of the Soul: From Appetizer to Ice Cream.

There will be delicious samples from Israeli cookbook author Janna Gur’s new Jewish Soul Food, with an Israeli wine-tasting, followed by readings from featured authors, who explore the immigrant soul in America.

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Montclair Crime: Armed Robbery, Several Arrests, Vandalism

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Montclair Crime: String Of Burglaries, One Seen by Homeowner on Remote SurveillanceThe week in Montclair Crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:


On 11-08-2014 at 1440Hrs, Ms. Charade Jenkins (50yoa from Montclair) was placed under arrest for shoplifting from Pathmark. Security had observed Ms. Jenkins placing laundry detergent in a book bag, and walking out of the supermarket. Ms. Jenkins was also found to have an outstanding $1,500 warrant out of town. Her bail was set at $2,500 cash.

On 11-08-2014, Officers responded to Central Avenue on a report of a physical altercation in the street. When officers arrived, they observed a group of males standing around two other males, who were actively fighting. The two subjects who were fighting, Elijah Williams (19yoa from Montclair) and a 17yoa juvenile, were placed under arrest. These subjects were charged with disorderly conduct.

On 11-10-2014 at 2106Hrs, an Officer operating a marked patrol unit was driving north on Elm Street, when a vehicle approached from behind, passed the Officer in the oncoming lane of traffic, and proceeded northbound. The Officer stopped this vehicle, a 2000 Ford Focus, at Bloomfield Avenue and Elm Street. The vehicle operator, Mr. Wilson Chery (32yoa from Montclair) was operating a vehicle, knowing it to have no brakes. He was also found to have open warrants out of East Orange totaling $900. He was placed under arrest for these warrants. His vehicle was towed for being unsafe.

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Baristanet Guide to Gifting Local

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Baristanet Guide to Gifting Local

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! A season of giving (and receiving). But sometimes choosing, or giving, the perfect gift can be difficult. In the next several weeks, we will be asking locals to help make gift giving easier by sharing a local gift on their wish list or their favorite gift to give during the holiday season.

We hope these gift ideas inspire you!

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The Weekend: Music, Art, Swedish Fairs, Pop Up Shops, and More

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

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

Head to Tierney’s tonight to see Bellehouse with special guest Jim Hayes. Brooklyn-based, Bellehouse rides the wave of urban Americana. Their muses range from Bluegrass to Motown and far beyond. Bellehouse originally under the name “Skies” in 2013, with original members Jess Clinton, Sarah Haines, Laurel Parmet and Nick Lenchner. Current band members include Jess Taylor Clinton (vocals, guitar & writing), Sarah Haines (vocals & viola), Nick Lenchner (bass), Ryan Gross (banjo and vocals), and Catie Friel (vocals). Jim Hayes is drawn to the blues masters such as John Lee Hooker and Ray Charles and lyricists like Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison and Tom Waits. Over the last several years he has opened for Leon Russell and played at such venues as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Hard Rock Caf (NYC), and Starland Ballroom (NJ),Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.

Bellehouse with special guest Jim Hayes
Thursday, November 20 at 9 pm
Tierney’s Tavern, 136 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ, 07042
$5 cover


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Montclair Environmental Commission Holds First Streetscape Design Review Hearing

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The intersection of Gates and South Fullerton Avenues and Orange Road, whose now-removed traffic signals Montclair Environmental Commission member Martin Schwartz cited as an example of distinctive streetscape design.  Image courtesy of Google.

The intersection of Gates and South Fullerton Avenues and Orange Road, whose now-removed traffic signals Montclair Environmental Commission member Martin Schwartz cited as an example of distinctive streetscape design. Image courtesy of Google.

Montclair Environmental Commission member Martin Schwartz opened debate on reviewing streetscape policies on November 19 with a hearing attended by residents involved with local planning, design and business issues. Schwartz, who the Environmental Commission’s representative on the Planning Board, said that he wanted the subcommittee to come up with a series of recommendations for improving streets in both residential and commercial districts and work with the township in a collaborative process with township staff, the Mayor and Council, and the Planning Board.

Schwartz explained that the main objective was to take a multifaceted look at facts and deliverables regarding the various components in a streetscape, such as sidewalks and shade trees, and come up with recommendations for what is best for Montclair from an aesthetic and economic standpoint. Sustainability and function are also important factors in determining how a street works for everyone, from homeowners and pedestrians to businesses and motorists.

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Community Food Bank of New Jersey Collecting Thanksgiving Donations in Glen Ridge This Saturday

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Community Food Bank of New Jersey

Many New Jersey families are struggling to pay their bills and still put food on the table. Some can’t stretch their budgets far enough to purchase the traditional Thanksgiving groceries. With your help, the Community Food Bank of New Jersey will be able to provide that meal.

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VProud: A Place For Women to Have Honest Conversations Created by a Montclair Woman

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

VProudImagine hanging with your closest girlfriends at your favorite coffee shop talking about news, relationships, parenting, and hot topics. Now imagine it’s all online and that group of friends is much larger. That’s what VProud is.

Last month, Karen Cahn of Montclair officially launched VProud (the “V” stands for video), a video social network whose mission is “to cultivate honest conversations among women in a safe and non-judgmental environment.”

With an extensive background in digital media — Cahn has worked for Google, Huffington Post, and YouTube — she created a site for women to have honest and open conversation in a safe environment.

Years ago, while going through a divorce, Cahn says there wasn’t a place online where she felt she could talk to other women going through the same thing. She felt lonely and isolated. She feels that video inspires us to feel less alone and says that VProud’s ultimate goal is to “Make women feel there is a community for them.”

Every conversation on VProud begins with a video, made by women, and a thought-provoking headline as a starting point, like this one featuring another Montclair woman, Alma Schneider discussing the dreaded task of making school lunches:

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Childhood: What Were You Afraid of as a Child?

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(At the intersection of Bloomfield Ave. and S. Fullerton Ave.)

“Fire. As a child I experienced being taken down a ladder by New York City firefighters when our apartment caught fire. I don’t remember what started the fire, I just remember the fireman telling me that everything was going to be Okay as he carried us down the ladder five stories. That was in the Bronx. I live in Maplewood now.”




Fresh Direct Wants a Click & Collect in Montclair (Update)

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (10)

Fresh Direct

Fresh Direct’s rendering of a Click & Collect on Willard Place in Montclair

UPDATE: The Zoning Board meeting has been postponed until the next meeting, which is December 17.

Fresh Direct, the online grocery delivery service, wants to open a Click & Collect in Montclair. They will present at the Board of Adjustment meeting tonight, Wednesday, November 19 beginning at 7:30 pm at 205 Claremont Avenue.

Fresh Direct is seeking a change in zoning for 9 Willard Place, which is currently a zoned residential. Their presentation began at an October meeting and continues tonight.

A Click & Collect will allow shoppers to order online and then pick up their groceries instead of waiting at home for a delivery. Shoppers drive up, stay in their cars, while their groceries are loaded into their trunks.

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Agreement With Brookdale Gardens Announced at Bloomfield Council Meeting

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confmeeting11_17_14Mayor Venezia announced at Monday’s conference meeting that an ordinance prohibiting overnight parking on Broad Street between Sunset and Johnson Avenues, which was deferred at the last regular council meeting, would not be pursued due to an agreement that was reached between the township and Brookdale Gardens.

Brookdale Gardens has agreed to allow residents to park in the complex’s parking lot during snowstorms to enable the township’s plows to get through on Broad Street, which is a Snow Emergency Street. Residents of the apartment complex have not been allowed to park on the property due to planned construction, which has now been postponed until spring. In view of the upcoming winter weather, the original ordinance was designed to ensure that Broad Street remain clear during the snow season. However, many residents came to the last council meeting and pointed out the hardship this would cause the residents, as well as homeowners on neighboring side streets where Brookdale Gardens residents would have been forced to park if they were not allowed to park overnight on Broad Street.

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I think it's great to have another convenient option in the neighborhood. I wonder what size trucks will be going down this partly residential street and how often? It is a moderately quiet street, and will see at least a little more traffic. At least it's certainly prettier than what is there now!

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