This Week, I’m________

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 12:45pm  |  COMMENTS (8)

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Are you among the many locals on vacation this week? The neighborhood seems pretty empty and lonely, but on the plus side, I have been getting great parking spaces.

Take our poll and let us know if  you’re relaxing with your toes in the sand, enjoying a nice staycation, or crankily sitting at your desk working with only Labor Day to look forward to:

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Road Trip? Low Gas Prices Please At The Pump

Monday, Aug 18, 2014 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (5)

Gas price at Clifton Costo last week. Prices stay low according to Gas Buddy.com. Photo: Michael Reitman

Gas price at Clifton Costo last week. Prices stay low according to Gas Buddy.com. Photo: Michael Reitman

Gas prices have been falling for weeks and are lower than this time last year. According to GasBuddy, prices may even dip lower. Here’s what the prices are in Montclair, as of this morning. Take our poll and tell us whether low gas prices affect your driving habits: Continue Reading

What Being a CASA Advocate for Foster Children in Essex County Is All About

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

CASA Essex Volunteer AdvocatesWhether it’s at the door, over the phone, or through the mail, most of us are familiar with charities and advocacy groups asking us for our “likes” and signatures and money. But once we have given what we’re asked, there is very little follow-up – and even less satisfaction. Essex County CASA for Children offers you a chance for more.

With more than 2,100 children in foster care throughout Essex County, there is great need for advocacy. There are more than 1,000 foster children in Essex County who do not have a CASA advocate, and are in need of one. Becoming a CASA advocate on behalf of a foster child in Essex County allows those who donate their time a chance to see the benefit of their work first hand, and in a tangible, true way.CASA Essex

Karen Burns, the Executive Director for CASA-Essex, emphasizes the important role volunteers have, “Right now we are able to serve just over a quarter of the children in foster care in Essex County. With more volunteers we would have the capacity to serve many more abused and neglected children who are very much in need of a CASA Advocate.” Ms. Burns adds that there is an especially great need for male advocates. Continue Reading

Stephen Colbert: Now With The Sarah Palin Channel

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 11:11am  |  COMMENTS (4)

Stephen Colbert: Now With The Sarah Palin ChannelWe are going to miss Montclair’s Stephen Colbert “The Colbert Report” when it ceases to exist at years end (so Colbert can become the host of “The Late Show”), because of pranks like this one: Continue Reading

Montclair’s Le Willow 83: The Spot to Shop & Sip

BY  |  Monday, Jul 28, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

lewillow-1The latest addition to the Montclair fashion scene is Le Willow 83. With clothing for women, men, children, and a variety of dog leashes, the boutique specializes in high quality clothing. They even have a small coffee bar behind the register for customers to sip on espresso, cappuccinos, and lattes while they shop.

Opening this past May, owner Christina Salierno studied at FIT and followed her passion for clothing. “I felt the area needed some retail since everything nearby is a restaurant and all the clothing stores are on Church Street,” says Salierno. She even designed the urban interior of the store by laying the bricks and tile, and installing the solid pine wood floors. Continue Reading

Glen Ridge Woman Launches Grey House Linens

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

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Sandy Weber has fond childhood memories of sitting at the dining room table, surrounded by beauty and family.

“I was lucky enough to grow up in a family that had Shabbat dinner on Friday nights, which included a bicker-free time period with my brother, my mom cooking really good food and my dad bringing home flowers (sooo nice!), which I helped arrange. I was also the table setter, which entailed laying out a pretty tablecloth and our best dishes. My parents entertained a lot and I was always involved in the preparations.”

Fast forward to her own family, and Weber was able to continue the tradition. “My mom had a lot to do with my interest in making a home feel pretty and loved. It happens that I hate cooking and avoid it completely, however, I married a fabulous cook, which allows me to focus on the details of making things look beautiful.”

Finding those beautiful things wasn’t always easy Weber discovered, when she became frustrated with the selection of tablecloths in retail stores. Continue Reading

Stephen Colbert and CBS’ Late Show To Stay Local

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Stephen Colbert Under Fire For Tweet From Comedy Central's @ColbertReportIt’s a win for New York — and Montclair. The good news is local Stephen Colbert sightings will continue, now that concerns over a move of The Late Show — and its new host — to California have been put to rest. Continue Reading

Are You WaterWise, Montclair?

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

WaterWise MontclairWanting to reduce water consumption in the township, Montclair is embarking on a comprehensive water conservation and efficiency program called WaterWise Montclair.

The first step is offering rain barrels to township residents at a deeply-discounted price. Retailing for around $150, the Township purchased 50-gallon “Ivy”® Rain Barrels in bulk for $72 each. To encourage their use, they will be sold for $36, saving residents over $100 on a barrel.

Montclair Sustainability Officer Gray Russell says that by conserving water more effectively, and by using more water-efficient products, our community can save money and energy, help to mitigate the effects of drought, and reduce over-consumption of our most precious natural resource.

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Montclair’s That Little Black Dress: All The Makings For A Fabulous Outfit

BY  |  Monday, Jul 21, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

LBD frontIf you are in the market for a chic outfit in Montclair, check out That Little Black Dress. Located on Glenridge Avenue, this boutique carries all the ingredients one might need for a fabulous outfit. From jeans to dresses, to jewelry, heels, handbags, and headbands, shop owner Jenna Davis has you covered from head to toe and everything in between.

photo 1An LIM graduate who studied Fashion Merchandise, Davis opened the shop this past November and describes her shop as “romantically edgy”. Offering a wide variety of styles, colors, and patterns in her fun and vibrant boutique, flannel shirts, crop tops, jeans, shorts, vests, summer dresses, and blouses are some of the items found hanging on the racks. Continue Reading

Yogi Berra Auction: Baseball Items and More To Be Sold

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 9:38am  |  COMMENTS (0)

yogi 3Memorabilia, furniture and other collections from the home of Major League Baseball’s iconic Yankees catcher, Yogi Berra will be sold at auction.

Some 300 lots will be posted to www.igavelauctions.com from July 23rd –August 6th. The galleries will be set up and open for viewing from July 28th until the sale closes, including the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd from noon to 4pm each day. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the exhibition. Continue Reading

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