The Memorial Day Weekend: Parades, Music, Festivals, and More!

BY  |  Thursday, May 26, 2016 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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It’s Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial start to summer. If you’re not going down the Shore or escaping for a mini-vacation, there are great ways to get out and have fun locally this long weekend. Don’t forget about the local Memorial Day services and/or parades!

Here are your weekend highlights:

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See the Irises at Full Bloom This Weekend

BY  |  Wednesday, May 25, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)


Grab your camera (or your paint brushes) and visit the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens (474 Upper Mountain Avenue, Montclair) this weekend for a walk among the gorgeous flowers in full bloom.

It’s peak season through May 30 at Presby and, with the long, holiday weekend, the perfect time to visit Montclair’s “Rainbow on the Hill.”

(Photos courtesy Presby Memorial Iris Gardens)



Montclair High Alumni Organize Concert Fundraiser for Trinidad School of Nursing

BY  |  Tuesday, May 24, 2016 3:21pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Zoe Foglizzo and Mia Ellis

Zoe Foglizzo and Mia Ellis

Zoe Foglizzo and Mia Ellis, Montclair High School alumni at Tufts University, have joined other students to build anaffordable and accessible nursing school in Trinidad, Honduras. In order to raise funds, the women have organized a Concert & Fundraiser Party on Saturday, June 11. The event will feature an amazing variety of live music to support this initiative. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of outdoor a cappella and pop music from Montclair’s own Passing Notes, Forth Wanderers, Birsa Chatterjee, and Ella McDonald. Plus, light snacks and soft drinks will be served.

After traveling to Honduras on a medical service trip, Tufts University student Marianna Marquez decided to build a team (including Zoe and Mia) to create Trinidad School of Nursing. It is in Honduras that she had witnessed a dramatic shortage of medical professionals. Marianna had spoken to numerous young community members who wished they had the means to become a medical practitioner. She also heard many community leaders speak of the lack of educational opportunity to get into the medical field. This lack of educational opportunity is directly tied to the country’s poor economy. Zoe and Mia are now partnered with the nonprofit Action for Education, and UNITEC, a top university in Honduras that has agreed to assist with the bureaucratic processes and are currently working on developing the curriculum.

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Local Memorial Day Parades and Services 2016

BY  |  Tuesday, May 24, 2016 2:33pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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On Monday, May 30, remember the men and women who died while in military service. Attend a local Memorial Day parade and/or service:

Montclair Memorial Day Service
This year’s event speaker will be Yann Yochum, Deputy Consul, Head of Press and Political Office at the French Consulate in New York. The occasion will honor the memory of four Montclairites of the 369th infantry regiment known as the “Harlem Hellfighters” — Pvt. Crawford Crews, Corp. Austin Barnes, Corp. Benjamin E. Smith, Pvt. Alonzo Mills. These brave African American soldiers served with the French Army during World War 1. They were integrated into the French chain of command and fought in the trenches alongside their French brothers-in-arms. For their exceptional bravery, the “Hellfighters” were awarded the “Croix de Guerre” by the French government – they were the first Americans to receive this honor. Mayor Robert Jackson will preside as Master of Ceremonies and Bishop Warren Harper of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints will deliver the invocation, the blessing of the wreaths and the benediction. The program includes advance and retiring of colors by the Montclair Police and Fire Honor Guards; Montclair Boy Scout Troop #12 will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and local musician Cecilé Williams will sing the national anthem. The Montclair Community Band will perform patriotic music and Carl B. Witzig, trumpeter with the band, will play the sounding of taps.

Edgemont Park, Monday, May 30 at 10 am. (In the event of rain, service will be held in the Municipal Council Chambers at 205 Claremont Avenue)


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See Roses to Rock Gardens in Montclair and Glen Ridge on Van Vleck’s Annual Garden Tour

BY  |  Tuesday, May 24, 2016 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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The Van Vleck house & Gardens “Roses to Rock Gardens” Tour will take place on Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4.

This annual event includes an informal self-guided tour of seven local Montclair and Glen Ridge gardens, as well as a morning coffee reception and talk by landscape designer Chuck Baum of Charles Baum New Garden Network on Friday.

Van Vleck “Roses to Rock Gardens” Tour
Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4 from 11 am – 4 pm. (Coffee reception and talk on Friday, June 3 at 9:30 am)
21 Van Vleck Street and various gardens in Montclair and Glen Ridge
Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. (Friends of Van Vleck are $25 prepaid and $30 at the door). All proceeds benefit historic Van Vleck House & Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St., Montclair, NJ, a non-profit organization



Montclair Film Festival Summer Series: Inside Out, Purple Rain, The Wiz, and Jaws

BY  |  Monday, May 23, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Film Festival

It’s not summer in Montclair without the annual Montclair Film Festival Summer Series kicks and this year’s lineup offers something for everyone.

Pack up your blankets, chairs and picnics and go enjoy the family animated film Inside Out at the Presby Iris Gardens on June 3, wear your purple and go crazy at Purple Rain on July 8, ease on down to the Montclair Public Lbrary on July 29 for The Wiz, and end the summer with splash with Jaws on Church Street on August 19.



Reign Men: Great Dynasty Debate at Yogi Berra Museum on May 22

BY  |  Friday, May 20, 2016 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

 Yogi Berra Museum

Baseball has always had supreme rulers. Even teams more known for their ineptitude – the St. Louis Browns and Chicago Cubs – once dominated America’s pastime. As Casey Stengel once said: You could look it up: The Browns won four straight pennants in the late 1880s and the pre-cursed Cubs won four pennants between 1906-10.

Of course, the New York Yankees, with 27 world championships, are generally acknowledged as baseball’s most dynastic franchise, beginning with their rush to greatness in the early 1920s. Yet questions persist to this day. Will there ever be another team that ruled the American League like the Yankees, circa 1921-64, and in the late 1990s? Or one that held sway in the National League like the dead ball era New York Giants or St. Louis Cardinals of the 1930s and ‘40s or Cincinnati Reds of the 1970s.

Are baseball dynasties dead? If so, which team had the greatest?

A panel of baseball historians and authors will explore this and more during “Reign Men” a debate of baseball’s greatest dynasties at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center on Sunday, May 22 at 2 pm.

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The Weekend: Art Walk, Music, Fairs, Parties, Races, and More!

BY  |  Thursday, May 19, 2016 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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So much to do this weekend!

We told you about:

Here’s what else is happening this weekend:

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Lincoln Center Free Screening at MPL to Feature Cassandra Wilson, The Campbell Brothers

BY  |  Wednesday, May 18, 2016 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)


Cassandra Wilson has been breaking down barriers since her all-embracing Blue Light ‘til Dawn, an album that redefined jazz singing thanks to Wilson’s emotionally rich interpretations of blues, folk, and country songs, as well as standards and originals. On Tuesday, May 24, you can see her, and The Campbell Brothers, celebrate the landmark recording’s 20th anniversary at Montclair Public Library’s Lincoln Center Free Screening event.

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How to Construct a Crossword Puzzle With Tony Orbach at Watchung Booksellers Tomorrow

BY  |  Tuesday, May 17, 2016 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

easyasducksoupcrosswordsLove doing crosswords? How about creating them? If you have always wondered how it’s done, you can learn what goes behind putting a great crossword together at Watchung Booksellers on Wednesday, May 18.

Tony Orbach, a Montclair resident, has built puzzles for the New York Times, Mel Rosen’s Random House Casual Crosswords, Peter Gordon’s New York Sun, Rich Norris’s Los Angeles Times and the Crossword Club, and Mike Shenk’s Wall Street Journal. He also happens to be a construction project manager and does residential and commercial contracting in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

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