Senators Gillibrand and Booker Share Inspiration #OffTheSidelines in Montclair

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 6:08am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Sunday night’s Adult School of Montclair (ASM) and Watchung Booksellers free community event in the Montclair High School auditorium brought over 800 attendees to listen to Senator Gillibrand of New York and New Jersey’s Senator Booker share personal and professional stories meant to inspire as well as entertain. Gillibrand has been making the rounds on behalf of her new book Off The Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World.

Dr. Susan Cole, President of Montclair State University, gave a warm and welcoming introduction to the Senators replete with reasons why Senator Gillibrand’s book is important as an inspiration and push to get more girls involved in their communities.

The conversation between Gillibrand and Booker revealed the great respect and friendship between the two senators. Touching on topics related to Senator Gillibrand’s new book, Off The Sidelines, the conversation covered work/life balance, mentoring, role models, and the importance of a varied and consistent female voice in politics. Continue Reading

Montclair Film Festival Hosts “Conversation With Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell”

BY  |  Monday, Sep 29, 2014 9:16am  |  COMMENTS (0)

MFF-Celebrity_Fund-FlyerReunited and it feels so good. Stephen Colbert will team up again with Steve Carell (the pair have a history, working together on the improvisation troupe Second City in Chicago and also as correspondents on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.”) for Montclair Film Festival’s annual Conversation series. Continue Reading

MSU Hosts The Do-It-Yourself Economy, Featuring NPR’s David Brancaccio

BY  |  Sunday, Sep 28, 2014 9:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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David Brancaccio

Are you thinking of entering the fast-growing do-it-yourself economy? Got a one-minute pitch to share and want expert advice?

NPR’s Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio will look at the rise of the do-it-yourself economy, and what forces are shaping it. The DIY economy ranges from the highly skilled contract worker who wants to maintain a life of flexibility while pulling in a paycheck to the Uber drivers and Airbnb hosts who want to make some extra bucks while sharing their cars and homes.

As more people eschew the corporate world and create their own jobs, what are the opportunities offered by a DIY economy? How can you get a piece of it? Brancaccio will set the scene during a short keynote address, and then moderate a panel comprised of experts representing different aspects of the DIY economy: Continue Reading

Scenes from Bloomfield Center’s Harvest Fest and Eco Fair

BY  |  Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 6:48pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Scenes from Bloomfield Center's Harvest Fest and Eco FairBloomfield Center’s annual Harvest Fest and Eco Fair continues tomorrow (Sunday) at 11 a.m. Food vendors, merchandise marketeers and civic organizations have set up booths, tents and tables along Broad Street from Belleville Avenue to Bloomfield Avenue and The Historic Town Green is a kid’s paradise of games, rides and fun. Continue Reading

The Weekend: HarvestFest, Concerts, Art, Dance, and More

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (3)

28_WellsLots of great events happening this weekend. We told you about:

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Sponsored: Veterans and Doctors, Nurses Honored in Liz Lerman’s “Healing Wars” at Peak Performances, September 25 – 27

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 2:00pm

Healing Wars

Everyday the news abounds with stories of wounded veterans returning home and re-building their lives after their service in Iraq or Afghanistan. Now a new work of dance theater from trailblazing choreographer and director Liz Lerman honors those veterans and the doctors and nurses who work to heal them. “Healing Wars” makes its New Jersey/New York premiere at the Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University September 25 – 27.

“Healing Wars” connects our modern wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with the American Civil War. The 150th anniversary of the American Civil War inspired Lerman to create the piece, which features Iraq War veteran Paul Hurley in a key role.

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Great Food For a Good Cause at the Third Annual Montclair Fall Food Classic

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Fall Food Classic

Thanks to Kings and their Act Against Hunger initiative, two Montclair women, and some of our finest local chefs, the 3rd annual Montclair Fall Food Classic will take place on Thursday, October 16 to benefit The Salvation Army lunch program at the Citadel in Montclair.

The event is the brainchild of two Montclair Salvation Army volunteers: Caroline Clarke and Lisa Davies who decided it would be a good way to raise funds to replenish the food supplies that feed Montclair’s hungry every week.

“A lot of people are not aware of the good The Salvation Army does in our community feeding people in need. No one is turned away and in these tougher times the number of people needing a good meal is growing. Thanks to the strong food community of these restaurants and the very generous food donation by Kings we are able to hold this event once again, ” says Lisa.

It promises to be a another delicious lunch with a seasonal menu from Chef Robert Pantusa of Osteria Giotto in Montclair and Chef Francesco Palmieri of The Orange Squirrel in Bloomfield.

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CASA for Children of Essex to Honor Montclair Resident at Ruby Red Shoe Ball

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

RRSB_CircleLogoCasa for Children of Essex (CCEC) will be honoring civic Leader and community advocate Patricia Devine-Harms at its third Ruby Red Shoe Ball on November 1 at Green Brook Country Club in North Caldwell, New Jersey. The event is themed “There’s No Place Like Home” and seeks to raise funds and awareness for the importance of direct advocacy for children in foster care. Continue Reading

YMCA of Montclair’s 1891 Community Gala, 11/1, Honors Penny Boorman

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Penny_Boorman-209x300YMCA of Montclair’s 1891 Community Gala takes place Saturday, November 1 at 7 p.m. at Mayfair Farms in West Orange.

This year’s Gala honors community leader Penny Boorman of Woodland Park (formerly of Montclair) for over 50 years of dedicated service to the YMCA of Montclair. She joined the Y in 1960, provided volunteer swim instruction and served as the first female Chair of the Board of Directors. Event co-chairs are Montclair residents Rich and Susan Murnick.

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From Montgomery to Montclair: African-American Quilts at Montclair Art Museum

BY  |  Monday, Sep 22, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

wells maskOn July 2, 1964, the United States enacted the Civil Rights Act, outlawing discrimination against any person based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of that landmark act, the Montclair Art Museum is presenting 30 colorful and creatively designed quilts by African-American quiltmakers primarily from West Alabama.

“From Heart to Hand: African-American Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts,” which opened Saturday, showcases 29 quilts on loan from the Montgomery Museum, most of which were made between the mid-1950s and the end of the 20th century.

Quilts are as American as apple pie, but few may realize the prominence they’ve played in African-American communities. Gee’s Bend, Ala., an isolated African-American community founded by freed slaves after the Civil War, became known for its quiltmaking, a skill that has been passed down through the community for generations. Created as a way to support struggling poor families, the quilts have been displayed in art museums throughout the country. Continue Reading

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