Seen Around Town: Words of Wisdom

BY  |  Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

seen around town

We love this knitted message, spotted and photographed by Stu Weiner, at the corner of Bloomfield and Maple Avenues in Montclair.

See any interesting and/or fun things around town? Send your photos here.



A Snowy First Day of Spring

BY  |  Friday, Mar 20, 2015 7:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)


It may be the first day of spring, but Old Man Winter isn’t ready to leave. A Winter Weather Advisory, in effect today through 2 am Saturday, is expected to bring 3 – 6 inches of snow to our area. Those spring flowers peeking up will be covered in white.



Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 7:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

St. Patrick's Day

Whether you’ll be attending the NYC parade, partying at the pubs, or just enjoying some Irish Soda Bread at home, Baristanet wishes you a very happy St. Patrick’s Day!

(Photo: Flickr)



Hat City Kitchen Turns Five!

Monday, Mar 16, 2015 8:46pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

hat city

Hat City Kitchen in Orange celebrated its fifth birthday this weekend. Numerous local bands donated their time and talent to this non-profit, playing throughout the day to a packed house. Pictured is “Brother Valiant” performing to an appreciative crowd.

All profits from Hat City Kitchen go to support the revitalization of the Valley neighborhood.

Photo: Michael Reitman

Postcard From Purim

Monday, Mar 09, 2015 7:06pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Temple Ner Tamid had its Annual Purimspiel show Saturday night. This year’s production was called “Megillagan’s Island.” Continue Reading

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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Calling All Seniors! Essex County Wants Your Story for the Legacies Writing Contest

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Essex County Senior Legacies Writing Contest

Montclair resident Alfred Berutti won for his “68 Years Ago” essay in last year’s annual Essex County Senior Legacies Writing Contest. And many other local seniors have had their stories awarded. If you’re an Essex County senior, ages 60 and up, now’s the time to begin writing your own original story focusing on a special person, life-changing experience or significant period of your life for the 2015 contest, which has a March 16 deadline.

“Our senior citizens have led interesting lives and I am always impressed by the stories that are submitted. Our Legacies Contest is an opportunity for our older residents to remember their past and share their experiences with family, friends and the younger generation,” Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo said. “It’s never too early to begin collecting your thoughts and writing your drafts. I encourage all our seniors to start working on their entries now,” he added.

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Vote for 2015 Oscar For Best Picture

BY  |  Sunday, Feb 22, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (3)


Check out the nominees for the 2015 Oscars. How many of these movies did you see? Then tell us who you think will win tonight. Continue Reading

The Bloomfield Art League of New Jersey Offering Art Workshops

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

The Bloomfield Art League of New Jersey

In addition to on-going Art classes available through the Bloomfield Art League, new one day workshops for adults (or teens ages 14 and older) are offered monthly. These 2 -3 hour workshops are a great way to try out a new art form, revisit your old art days, or enjoy a creative afternoon or night out.

Last month, I had the pleasure of taking a Drawing workshop with instructor Tim Payne. Despite having a degree in fine arts, I hadn’t touched a charcoal pencil since I gave birth to my first daughter 11 years ago. I found that it was like riding a bike, I was a little wobbly at first, but soon felt at ease with the process. However, what I enjoyed most, was just getting my hands dirty and creating again.

The class was made up of a mix of first timers and much more experienced artists and the instructor gave great input to everyone, no matter his or her level. All materials were provided and they were top quality. All you do is reserve your easel (or spot in the workshop) and enjoy a creative and fun experience!

All workshops are held at the Art Room at the Bloomfield Civic Center (84 Broad Street). Here are some upcoming offerings:

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Want to Join the Transition Montclair Movement?

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Transition Montclair

If Azizi Birkeland and other residents have their way, Montclair will become a “Transition Town.”

The Transition Movement originated in the UK by Rob Hopkins, as a community led project where the goal is to get people to work together to create a more self reliant community. The movement crossed the Pond to the US in 2007 with the vision that “every community in the United States has engaged its collective creativity to unleash an extraordinary and historic transition to a future beyond fossil fuels; a future that is more vibrant, abundant and resilient; one that is ultimately preferable to the present.”

Birkeland and others in the Transition Montclair group are hoping to get the movement going in Montclair, a town that already has many green initiatives in place, and they feel they can be further utilized and maximized.

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Featured Comment

Thanks for reporting on this, Steven. I'm looking forward to learning about the Board's vision for the district with the addition of Eve Robinson and Laura Hertzog.

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