Childhood: Memories of Play and Friendship

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

This is our last installment of “Childhood.” Thanks to Arthur Kobin and our readers for sharing their memories.

(Outside of the The Clairidge Theater)

(Outside of the The Clairidge Theater)

“I grew up here in Montclair. We’d always hang out in Anderson Park. That was really fun. We’d play frisbee and walk around the park with all my friends. Some of them are still here, like my friend Cindy! I went there today for a walk with her! She’s my childhood friend, and we’ve known each other our whole lives.”



U Drive. U Text. U Pay Distracted Driving Enforcement Campaign in Essex County

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

U Drive. U Text. U PaySheriff Armando Fontoura announced this week that Essex County officers will conduct distracted Driver Enforcement Operations throughout all of the county’s 22 municipalities from April 1 through April 21.

This “U Drive. U Text. U Pay” initiative has been funded by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and it is being undertaken to prevent further deaths and injuries to drivers, passengers and pedestrians.

“The number of persons killed or maimed as the direct result of distracted driving is truly staggering,” Fontoura said. “Inattentive driving persists despite educational, awareness and enforcement efforts by public safety personnel. We are hopeful that this initiative will serve as a wake-up call to all drivers.”

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The Weekend: Film, Funk, Cabaret, and More!

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Ryan Hobler

There are many great events to enjoy this weekend. We told you about:

  • Susan Werner with special guest Ryan Hobler at Outpost in the Burbs
  • “The Enchanting Art of Japan” exhibition at George Segal Gallery at MSU
  • The 15th Annual New Jersey Jewish Film Festival
  • Paper Mill Playhouse’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    And there’s even more. Here are your weekend highlights:

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    Montclair Film Festival Announces 2015 Opening, Closing, and Centerpiece Films

    BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 4:13pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

    Montclair Film Festival

    The Montclair Film Festival just announced the opening, closing and Centerpiece selections for the 2015 festival, taking place May 1-10, and they’re fantastic!

    “We are truly honored to bring these remarkable films to the Montclair Film Festival,” said MFF Executive Director Tom Hall. “These are movies that our audiences will love, and we could not be more excited to support these wonderful filmmakers and showcase their work.”

    Here are the opening, closing and Centerpiece selections for the Montclair Film Festival 2015:

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    The Sandy Hook Ride on Washington to Stop in Montclair

    BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

    The Sandy Hook Ride on Washington

    At 10 am this Sunday, March 29, the Sandy Hook Ride On Washington(SHROW) will be making a “rolling rally” pit-stop at Montclair Bikery (145 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ 07042) to rest, make a call-to-action, and inspire Montclairions and New Jersey to continue acting for common sense firearm reform.

    SHROW rides to raise awareness and to honor the 26 children and educators killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. This is the third time these cyclists will make the 400 mile trek from Newtown to Washington D.C.

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    Seen Around Town: Words of Wisdom

    BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

    seen around town

    We love this knitted message, spotted and photographed by Stu Weiner, at the corner of Bloomfield and Maple Avenues in Montclair.

    See any interesting and/or fun things around town? Send your photos here.



    Montclair Planning Board Questions Glenridge Avenue Project

    BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)


    Unresolved issues related to aesthetics, lighting, living rooms with no windows and affordable housing caused the Planning Board to continue an application to build a mixed-use 17-apartment building on the corner of Glenridge Avenue and North Willow Street to the next Planning Board meeting on April 13.

    Attorney David Owen presented the application on behalf of Glenridge and North Willow Construction Company, which has been attempting to develop a vacant lot at 161-167 Glenridge Avenue for a number of years. A previous application to build a mixed use five-story residential/retail building was approved by the Board in 2009. However, Owen explained, due to the Great Recession, the project was not executed.

    Owen said that Monday evening’s application was a new application, as changes have been made since the previous plan was approved. He added, however, that all suggestions and conditions that had been imposed by the Board pertaining to the previous application had been incorporated into the new application.

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    Giveaway: Tickets to See Susan Werner with special guest Ryan Hobler at Outpost in the Burbs

    BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (6)

    Susan Werner

    WINNER: Congratulations to chickpea64!

    Outpost in the Burbs will present Susan Werner with special guest Ryan Hobler on Friday, March 27 and Baristanet has two tickets to give to one very lucky reader!

    Susan Werner composes skillful songs that effortlessly slide between folk, jazz, and pop, all delivered with sassy wit and classic Midwestern charm. Throughout her expansive career, boundless versatility has emerged as a hallmark of Werner’s talent, and has proven to be a quintessential ingredient of her engrossing musical persona.

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    Paper Mill’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame Packs Emotional Punch

    BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

    : The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Paper Mill Playhouse; Photo by Matthew Murphy; Michael Arden (Quasimodo) and the company of The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    : The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Paper Mill Playhouse; Photos by
    Matthew Murphy; 9top) Michael Arden (Quasimodo) and the company of The
    Hunchback of Notre Dame
    (botton) Ciara Renee (Esmeralda)

    This is not your kiddie’s Hunchback of Notre Dame. Even though Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horror, Newsies, Beauty and the Beast) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin), the masterful composer and lyricist behind the 1996 Disney hit movie of the same name added new material, this production from the Disney Theatrical Group at the Paper Mill Playhouse through April 5, is darker, more mature and more nuanced.

    The performance starts with the story behind Dom Claude Frollo, the sinister archdeacon of Notre Dame, portrayed by Patrick Page with a complexity and subtly that takes the character light years beyond the original Disney caricature. Frollo and his brother Jehan, studied at the cathedral. Tired of the religious life, Jehan leaves his brother for a gypsy woman. Later Frollo is reunited with a dying Jehan, only to learn his brother wants him to raise the baby he fathered with his gypsy lover. Frollo accepts this charge as a test from God. The deformed infant shocks Frollo, who names him Quasimodo.

    Less is more in this production. The sparse set has a medieval feel and uses elements of the cathedral—such as railings and pews rolled in and out as needed, a checkered marble floor, a circular stained glass window, and bells suspended from the theater’s ceiling—to transport the audience to Notre Dame in the fifteenth century. The medieval aura is magnified by the artistry of the Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus who as the onstage chorus sing in English as well as Latin. Continue Reading

    Updated: Local Easter Brunch and Dinner Options

    BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

    Easter Brunch

    Easter is on Sunday, April 5. Looking to celebrate Easter out? Put on your Easter bonnet and go enjoy a special Easter brunch or dinner at one of these local restaurants:

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    Thanks for reporting on this, Steven. I'm looking forward to learning about the Board's vision for the district with the addition of Eve Robinson and Laura Hertzog.

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