Kitty “Odd Couple” at Cameron Animal Hospital in Need of a Family

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Cameron Animal Hospital

Looking for a cat to adopt? How about two? A cute pair at Cameron Animal Hospital, located at 417 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair, are in need of a family:

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Montclair Food News: Gluten Free Bakery, Uptown Gets an Upgrade, Pure Pita, and More

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 05, 2015 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (5)

Restaurant ReportYour latest local restaurant and food news:

  • Uptown 596 in Upper Montclair, has many new changes: a new executive chef, new decor, and is now opened for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week.

  • Ani Ramen in Montclair just got a very good review from the NY Times. Those pork buns will win anyone over.

  • Montclair is getting a Pure Pita, a franchise offering Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food with locations in Hoboken and Morristown. The website notes that they will also be opening in Newark, Westfield, and Ridgewood. Pure Pita will be located in the former Chia Asian Bistro spot on Bloomfield Avenue.

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    Paid Sick Leave Ordinance is Now in Effect in Montclair

    BY  |  Thursday, Mar 05, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

    paid sick leave ordinanceIn November 2014, Montclair voted largely in favor to approve the public ballot question asking if the town should require all businesses to offer paid sick leave to its full- and part-time employees. The ordinance passed by a nearly 3-to-1 margin. Yesterday, March 4, the Montclair Paid Sick Leave ordinance went into effect.

    Under Montclair’s Paid Sick Leave law (also known as Earned Sick Days) employees who work for at least 80 hours in a calendar year in the Township must be provided with paid sick time by their employers. The law excludes from this requirement individuals employed by the city, state, or federal government; individuals employed by any New Jersey school district or Board of Education; and a limited number of union members.

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    The Weekend: Art, Bluegrass, Theater, an African Folkloric Celebration, and More

    BY  |  Thursday, Mar 05, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

    Saved by the 90s: A Party with The Bayside Tigers

    Okay, today’s pretty much canceled, but starting tomorrow when the weather will be better, art, music, and much more are yours to enjoy this weekend. Of course, please check with the venue, in case events become canceled or postponed. We told you about:

  • The ’90s Dance Party at Montclair Art Museum
  • Local St. Patrick’s Day Parades and Events (Nutley’s parade happens this weekend)
  • Bowtie Cinemas “Cine Classics” Classic Film Series

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

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    Efforts to Restore the American Chestnut Tree at the Montclair Bird Club, March 11

    BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 04, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

    The American Chestnut Foundation

    On Wednesday, March 11, Clark Beebe of The American Chestnut Foundation, will present a program at the Montclair Bird Club on the story of the American Chestnut, and the efforts to bring this tree back to the American landscape. His presentation will highlight the majesty that was the American chestnut, its range and its importance to wildlife, farmers and industry. It will then describe the blight and the scale of the disaster it caused, and explain the breeding program designed to introduce Chinese chestnut partial resistance into the American chestnut.

    According to The American Chestnut Foundation, the tree was once the dominant hardwood tree in eastern woodlands from Maine to Florida, and from the Piedmont west to the Ohio Valley. By 1950, an estimated 4 billion American chestnuts that had covered 188 million acres of eastern forests had disappeared, succumbing to a lethal fungus infestation, known as the chestnut blight, during the first half of the 20th century.

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    MPL to Hold Presentation on Growing Your Own Food Tonight

    BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 04, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)


    It may not seem like it, given the unending amount of snowfall hitting the Northesast recently, but spring will soon be here. Before you know it, that three foot mound of snow piled up in your front yard will have melted away, revealing some lovely daffodils, a garden that desperately needs mulching, and a raised bed crying out for some new vegetable plantings.

    Lucky for us, the Montclair Public Library will be holding a free presentation on how to grow your own food. “Pots to Plots: Growing Food in Your Backyard,” which takes place at 7 pm tonight, will feature three Montclair gardeners whose experience growing a “kitchen garden” is well known in the area.

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    Bloomfield Council Passes Paid Sick Leave Legislation

    BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 04, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

    council3_2The mayor and council unanimously passed an ordinance on Monday night requiring that workers in Bloomfield receive paid sick leave.

    Bloomfield is the first town in New Jersey to pass an ordinance of this type in 2015 and the ninth town in New Jersey to do so overall. It is one of only 18 municipalities in the country (including Montclair) that have passed such a law.

    The ordinance, which passed on second reading, requires that, with certain exceptions and limitations, all employees in the township will earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours of time worked. Employers who employ ten or more employees must provide up to 40 hours (five days) of paid sick time in a calendar year. Employers who employ fewer than ten employees must provide up to 24 hours (three days) of paid sick time in a calendar year – unless the employees are child care workers, home health care workers, or food service workers, in which case employers are required to provide up to 40 hours of paid sick time.

    In addition to being used when the worker is ill or has a medical appointment, the time can also be used to care for a family member.

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    Curt Schilling Gets Former Montclair State Student Fired for Vulgar Tweets about his Daughter

    BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 03, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (8)

    curt shillingFormer major league player Curt Schilling congratulated his 17-year-old daughter on Twitter last week after she got accepted to college where she could play softball.







    What happened next were vulgar and violent sexual responses from a couple of Twitter users.

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    Local St. Patrick’s Day Pub Parties

    BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 03, 2015 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

    Now that you have all your local St. Patrick’s Day parade information, you may want to know where to grab a pint (or two) and some authentic Irish fare to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Some of your favorite local pubs are offering celebrations leading up to the big day. Here are some great choices:

    St. Patrick's Day

    Egan & Sons (118 Walnut Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042) will host its annual full 3-day weekend celebration under the tent for St. Patrick’s Day festivities! The party begins with a kick-off dance party on Friday, March 13 at 10 pm. On Saturday, March 14, the party goes all day. Enjoy music by The Dublin Rebels at 4 pm and Random Test Reggae takes over at 6 pm. Irish Dancers and 1200 lbs of Corned Beef! The party continues on Tuesday, March 17 (St. Patricks’ Day) with Irish fare, live music, bagpipers, Irish dancers and more.

    Over at Egans in West Orange (104 Harrison Avenue) , the celebration is on March 15, before, during, and after the West Orange St. Patrick’s Day parade.

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    Open Book / Open Mind Series: Frank Bruni in Conversation with Devon Corneal at MPL

    BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 03, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

    Frank Bruni

    In January, the Montclair Public Library launched the Open Book / Open Mind series, which brings together prominent authors and public figures in conversation. The series kicked off with hometown novelists Matthew Thomas and Christina Baker Kline. On March 22, the series brings together local essayist and parenting blogger Devon Corneal to interview New York Times Op-Ed columnist and bestselling author Frank Bruni on the subject of his new book,Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to College Admissions Mania.

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