Fundraising with Ferraris at George Press

BY  |  Monday, Jun 04, 2012 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (6)

Does your dad want a Ferrari for Father’s Day? He probably wouldn’t turn one down, but a sports car is a little beyond most Father’s Day gift budgets. For $20, however, you might be able to get your dad a ride in a Ferrari: all it takes is a donation to Fundraising with Ferraris at George Press Jewelers in Livingston, an event on June 9, 12 noon-2pm, to raise money for the 2012 Parkinson’s Unity Walk.

The store, located at 74 South Livingston Avenue, will be showcasing four cars from the collection of Baristaville Ferrari enthusiast Richard Stein: a Ferrari Enzo, Ferrari 599 GTO, Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M, and a Ferrari Spider. The cars are free to check out, and anyone who makes at least a $20 donation to the Parkinson’s Disease charity will be entered to win a 2-hour ‘Ride and Drive’ in one of Stein’s Ferraris. (Entries will be accepted through June 16, and the drawing will be held on Father’s Day.)

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Baristanet Profile: Yogi Berra

Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012 10:16am  |  COMMENTS (10)

Yogi Berra (credit: Kristi Cataffi)

What better way to start a Wednesday morning than with a dose of Yogi?  Through David Kaplan, who runs Montclair’s Yogi Berra Museum, we asked Yogi if he would do a Baristanet Profile with us. Here are his answers. Continue Reading

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Bloomfield Edition

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 2:25pm  |  COMMENTS (6)

Sure, it’s brave to go on a national quiz show and risk humiliation in front of a national television audience. You know what’s even braver? Inviting your colleagues, landlord and friends to the Town Pub to watch the show over pizza, even when you know how it’s going to turn out. Which is exactly what happened today, when Gsell’s episode aired at lunchtime. At the end his round, taped in the fall, he walked away with $1,000 — and several very nice mentions of his Field Station: Dinosaurs theme park, scheduled to open in May, by game show host Meredith Vieira. Continue Reading

Baristanet Profile: Don Katz

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 25, 2012 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (7)

Name: Don Katz

Town: Montclair

When did you move there? 1989

How do you make a living? Founder & CEO, Newark NJ

Coffee, tea or …. ? Tequila – preferably reposados. Into good tequila for a decade.

What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday? Working less than most of the day to start; playing hockey; catching up with far flung kids; reading versus glancing at the Times; dinner with friends.

What’s your favorite local restaurant? Too hard because there are so many – Satish Palace, Blu, Beyond Pita, Egans (when it’s not too jammed).

What’s on your nightstand? A Kindle Fire (reading Art of Fielding); and old world physical books too: The Stuff of Thought (Steven Pinker); A History of Reading (Alberto Manguel). Continue Reading

Did Christie Make a Naughty Joke in New Hampshire?

BY  |  Monday, Jan 09, 2012 3:38pm  |  COMMENTS (41)

Governor Christie, stumping for Romney in New Hampshire, responded to female hecklers last night with a joke that some are saying is an oral sex reference: “You know, something may be going down tonight, but it ain’t going to be jobs, sweetheart.” Continue Reading

Montclair Couple’s Reality YouTube Question

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 27, 2011 8:21pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

By day, David Henry Sterry and Arielle Eckstut are The Book Doctors, a husband-wife team that goes around the country advising the masses on how to get published. But in the privacy of their own home, they’re …. Well, forget the privacy of their own home. When a man picks dead skin off his feet, piles it on the kitchen table with the wife rolling video, and then they ask the YouTube audience to take sides, this is what you get.


Nancy Pelosi Needs a Yogi Primer

BY  |  Wednesday, Dec 21, 2011 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (25)

Usually, Baristanet doesn’t get into fact-checking national politicians, but during a long latke-making session yesterday afternoon, I happened to hear House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi quoting our hometown hero Yogi Berra on the subject of the GOP and the payroll tax cut.

The Republicans say “This is too short.” It reminds me of a Yogi Berra story. He said, “I don’t like the food at the restaurant. Besides, the servings are too small.” Well that’s just what they’re saying here. They’ve never wanted a tax cut. And now they’re saying, the tax cut for middle income people is too small.

Something struck me as awry about the reference, and sure enough when I checked with Dave Kaplan, director of the Yogi Berra Museum, he confirmed my suspicions: “Ah, Yogi never really said that. His famous restaurant quote was, ‘Nobody goes there anymore, it’s too crowded.'”

A few hours later, Kaplan came back with a possible Yogi reference that Pelosi might have been reaching for.

On second thought I think she might have confused Yogi’s line when asked if he wanted his pizza cut into four or eight slices. “Four,” he said. “I don’t think I can eat eight.”

Actually, though, Pelosi was referring to an old borscht-belt joke, popularized in the opening of “Annie Hall.”

There’s an old joke. Two elderly women are at a Catskill mountain resort, and one of ’em says, “Boy, the food at this place is really terrible.” The other one says, “Yeah, I know; and such small portions.” Well, that’s essentially how I feel about life. Full of loneliness, and misery, and suffering, and unhappiness, and it’s all over much too quickly.

Clearly, somebody needs to put The Yogi Book under Pelosi’s Christmas tree this Sunday.

Scott Raab and LeBron James: This Time, It’s Personal

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 20, 2011 8:46am  |  COMMENTS (11)

Photo: Ken Allison

If you ever watch old tapes of David Letterman, I strongly commend to you the shows from 1993, when Letterman was in the process of being rejected for the Tonight Show at NBC, but hadn’t yet signed his big deal at CBS. Inside, he was miserable.

On camera, he was never funnier.

So it is with Scott Raab’s new book “The Whore of Akron.”

Raab gives full throat to the sorrow of Cleveland sports fans and their endless drought. No baseball championships since 1948. No football championships since 1964. Scott Raab knows. He was there. Now he brandishes his ticket stub like his personal splinter from the True Cross. No basketball championships since ever. Continue Reading

Baristanet Profile: Sandy Block

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (16)

Name: Sandy Block

Town: Bloomfield

When did you move there? 1982

How do you make a living? I was in the automobile business for 30 years and now retired.

Coffee, tea or … ? Old Fashioned Royal Crown Soda !!

What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday? Springtime and going to a car show.

What’s your favorite local restaurant? Senoritas (Bloomfield) or Eppes Essen in Livingston

What’s on your nightstand? Radio, Lamp, Tissues, Phone

Your iPod? Don’t have nor want one

Your TiVO? Ditto Above

What’s the worst-kept secret about your town? The taxes are too high.

What do you hope they say about you at your funeral? He was a really good friend and a great person, and I wonder if his wife will be selling any of his collectable cars?

Sandy Block, a regular commenter on Baristanet and an avid car collector, is the first subject of our new Baristanet Profile series. Have a suggestion for a profile? Write us at tips.

Men’s Confidential in Montclair

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (7)

Last night Bangz Salon & Wellness Spa  hosted the event “Men’s Confidential, A Decadent Affair for the Modern Male”. If you are thinking Metro-sexual-ville or a bunch of guys standing around scratching themselves well, think again. The very swank event was set up like a 1920’s speakeasy complete with the stylists done up in 1920s attire hair and all.  “What?” I said, “I have to spend the evening with a bunch of handsome well groomed men and drink whiskey? OK, twist my arm…” Continue Reading

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