Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Sept. 21

BY  |  Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 10:20pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

It’s another busy open house Sunday, with about 125 properties showing. Here are five:

glenridge0921_2105 Sherman Ave., Glen Ridge

List Price: $549,000

Taxes: $14,952

Acreage: n/a


This just-listed, just-renovated, 12-room colonial with Victorian details has an updated kitchen with a painted tin ceiling; a heated sunroom with a vaulted ceiling and beleved glass windows; and a third floor with an office, guest room, bonus room and full bathroom. Parquet floors, beamed ceilings and original panel doors are among the period details. There is a full, unfinished, walkout basement and a two-car detached garage. The house, built in 1890 and renovated this year, is on a dead-end street. Open 1 to 4 p.m.

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Parents Who Rock Backyard Jam Today!

BY  |  Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 8:29am  |  COMMENTS (0)

parens who rockLast week it was rained out, but today the show will go on. Parents Who Rock, a group of local talented parents, return to their annual backyard jam for a good cause. PWR’s goal is to raise money for non-for-profit organizations throughout the community. This year, PWR will donate to the COPE Center in Montclair.

PWR’s founder Alma Schneider says, “We are very concerned about the recent deaths and struggles of young people in Montclair and the surrounding areas due to drugs, alcohol and depression so are raising money for the COPE center.” Continue Reading

The Big Read Kicks-Off Tomorrow at Montclair Public Library With Food, Music, Readings and More

BY  |  Friday, Sep 19, 2014 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

In the Time of the ButterfliesLast month, we told you about Montclair Public Library’s participation in The Big Reada project of the National Endowment for the Arts to provide communities nationwide with the opportunity to read, discuss, and celebrate a selection from U.S. and world literature. The Big Read in Montclair will focus on Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies, with a full day kick-off celebration tomorrow, September 20. Events will continue through October 26.

The first 50 attendees will receive the novel.

Here is tomorrow’s The Big Read Kick-Off schedule:



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Baristanet Profile: Jennifer Siembab Bernal

BY  |  Friday, Sep 19, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Jennifer Siembab Bernal

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

Name: Jennifer Siembab Bernal

Where do you live? A quiet cul-de-sac in the Oak View section of Bloomfield.

When did you move there? I’ve lived in Bloomfield my entire life. My grandparents and my mom moved here from Kearny and built their house in 1974, and have been here since.

Where did you grow up? I actually grew up across the street from my grandparent’s house, and now live in my grandparent’s house! We’re a tight-knit family and I was lucky enough to always be surrounded by loved ones.

How do you make a living? I began working at Park Street Academy, a private preschool in Montclair, when I was a sophomore in high school. I started as a teacher assistant, and became a full time teacher after college. Currently, I’m a stay-at-home mom to my 1½ year old daughter, Karina.

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Nishuane Tennis Courts to be Named in Honor of Former Coach James A. Firebrace

BY  |  Friday, Sep 19, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

James A. FirebraceMontclair Township will honor lifelong resident James A. Firebrace, Jr. this Saturday, September 20, in a dedication ceremony naming the tennis courts at Nishuane Park after the former tennis coach and school teacher. The ceremony will take place at 10:30 am in the park, which is located between Cedar Avenue and High Street, Montclair.

James Firebrace, who once taught in East Orange public schools, worked as a tennis professional and park attendant in Nishuane Park for nearly forty years — from 1967 to 2006. He was a township employee and longstanding volunteer who maintained the park’s clay courts.

Mr. Firebrace was a mentor to a number of generations of children who played in the park, and served as a father figure to many.

“Naming the tennis courts in James A. Firebrace’s honor is a distinction that this Council proudly bestows upon a tireless supporter of our community,” said Fourth Ward Councilor Renee Baskerville. “It is an expression of our gratitude for his many years of unwavering dedication to our park and our youth.”





Go Out to an Old Ball Game in South Orange Saturday

BY  |  Friday, Sep 19, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Cameron Field in South Orange

Go enjoy some good old-fashioned American fun when South Orange hosts a 19th-century baseball game on Saturday,  September 20, at Cameron Field in South Orange for the 100th anniversary of the field “Where the legends played.”

Famous Yankee all- stars Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, and Whitey Ford played on Cameron Field, as well as several Negro League stars,  including Josh Gibson of the Pittsburgh Crawfords. It has also been the venue for many local teams, including Little League, school teams and adult leagues.

Part game, part show, part history lesson, and all fun, the Flemington, NJ Neshanock team will play against local volunteers in bare-handed baseball, wearing period uniforms and using rules from 1864. The event will also include a short lesson on the history of the game and a recitation of “Casey at the Bat,” as well as a few interesting surprise appearances, such as Larry Doby’s granddaughter, Nicole Lynn Frasier, who will share her memories of baseball and its significance to her when she was a child.

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Montclair Opening and Reopening: Merit Kitchens and Atelier

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 3:35pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

atelierIf you were at Montclair Fashion Night, you may have caught a glimpse of Atelier’s stylish fashions.

Tomorrow, (Friday, September 19), you are invited to the grand re-opening of ATELIER (47 Park Street, Montclair), a curated boutique from 6-9 p.m. Preview Robert Greco Couture before it hits the runway for New Jersey and Chicago fashion week. Enjoy special sales, drinks, desserts and meet and greets. Continue Reading

Tattoo Explosion Hits Montclair

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 1:27pm  |  COMMENTS (9)

Edward "Ox" Occhipinti, owner of Jinx Proof Tattoo and Piercing

Edward “Ox” Occhipinti, owner of Jinx Proof Tattoo and Body Piercing.

You see them everywhere.  A woman walking down a suburban street with a leopard skin tattoo covering her calf; a man on the train with a skulls and roses tattoo “sleeve” decorating his entire arm; a woman on line at the grocery store donning a tribal design on her shoulder. 

“Everybody and their mother now has a tattoo,” says Edward “Ox” Occhipinti, owner of Jinx Proof Tattoo and Body Piercing at 7 Midland Avenue in Montclair.  On any given day, a gang member, cop or soccer mom may come into his shop, looking to get a tattoo.  Occhipinti has been in the tattoo business for more than 20 years, has seen tattoos become enormously popular and he is less than thrilled about it.

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The Weekend: Sidewalk Sales, Runs, Music and More

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Get out and enjoy the many happenings this first weekend of autumn. We told you about the Slaid Cleaves concert at Outpost in the Burbs , the Fine Art and Crafts at Anderson Park, and the Uncorked and Uncapped wine, beer and food festival to benefit The Arc of Essex County— and there are lots more.

Here are some other weekend highlights:

DisruptionIn observance of the upcoming Peoples’ Climate March in New York City, the Montclair Office of Environmental Affairs and Community Green will present “Disruption” — a just-released movie on the climate crisis for their Green Film Series tonight at on Montclair Public Library. An open public discussion will follow the screening.

“Disruption” film screening
Thursday, September 18 at 6:30 pm
Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclir, NJ, 07042

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Democratic Congressional Candidate Mark Dunec Campaigns in Montclair

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 6:13pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Mark Dunec

Shaking hands at Java Love.

Democratic congressional candidate Mark Dunec visited with business owners, shoppers, and residents in the Upper Montclair Business District this week to discuss his platform.

Dunec is running for Congress in the 11th Congressional District, which includes 54 municipalities across parts of Essex, Morris, Passaic and Sussex Counties. Part of Montclair is included. He is challenging Republican Rodney Frelinghuysen.

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"Everybody and their mother now has a tattoo,” No everyone and her mother does not. My mother put her foot down on that ages ago and we are still scared to defy her. Her one loophole- if you want a tattoo join the service or else she'll be the one removing it.

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