Freeholder Gill Ordinance Prohibiting Smoking in County Parks Passes

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 08, 2015 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (9)

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Yesterday, Essex County Freeholder Vice President Brendan Gill announced that the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders passed the Essex County Parks and Building Exterior Smoke Free Air Ordinance he sponsored that would prohibit smoking in Essex County Parks.

“It’s our priority to ensure the children and families utilizing Essex County’s parks have a safe and healthy environment to enjoy, and this resolution takes a significant step in that direction,” said Freeholder Gill. “The dangers that tobacco and second hand smoke pose are well-documented, so we must take every step possible to ensure that Essex County residents have access to the basic right of clean air. I remain committed to working with great organizations like NJGASP to continue creating safe spaces for the people of Essex County to enjoy.”

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Matinee Club in Montclair Lets Busy Parents Catch a Flick While Kids are in School

BY  |  Tuesday, Oct 06, 2015 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

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A steady diet of SpongeBob Squarepants, Sesame Street and Disney shows can numb out any mom. And when you’re up at the crack of dawn to get the family ready for school and work, staying up to watch a “grown up” movie turns into a feat of endurance. Take heart, parents, the Matinee Club is back in Montclair for another run on Wednesdays at the art house/independent film hotspot Clairidge Cinema starting October 7 and continuing through May, 2016. Click here for the dates.

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Pay it Forward Montclair: Neighbors Helping Neighbors

BY  |  Friday, Oct 02, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Pay it Forward Montclair

Something is missing in “Pay it Forward,” a new Facebook group created in Montclair. There are no fights about renaming our school, no arguments about education, no cursing cyclist, pedestrians and/or drivers. You won’t find any of those things, but you will find compassion and kindness on Pay it Forward Montclair.

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Essex County Ice and Iron Greenway Project Aims to Create an 11-mile Greenway

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 23, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (4)

Ice and Iron Greenway Project

If a group of local residents have their way, the old Boonton Line unused rail corridor will be transformed into the Ice & Iron Greenway, an 11-mile recreation trail connecting Montclair, Glen Ridge, Bloomfield, Bellevue, Newark, Kearny, and Jersey City.

Along its route, the Ice & Iron Greenway project, which is now under the leadership of New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition (NJBWC), will connect parks, schools, hospitals and retail, in addition to providing an integral active transportation link enabling commuters to bypass some of New Jersey’s most congested roadways. It will provide recreation for thousands living along this corridor, providing them access to exercise and the ability to walk or ride a bike to destinations in a car-free environment. It is hoped that commuters will be able to use the Greenway to ultimately reach Manhattan via Jersey City from points west in Essex County and from the towns along the corridor.

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Artist rendering of what the proposed Greenway would look like.

NJ Transit closed the line to passenger traffic in 2002, following the opening of the Montclair Connection near Bay Street Station. The section of the line in Glen Ridge, Bloomfield and Kearny was sold to Virginia-based freight railroad Norfolk Southern.

Rutherford and East Rutherford are currently in negotiations with Norfolk Southern to buy a 1.4-mile strip of land containing a disused rail bed, with plans to create a Rutherford “Highline.” NJBWC sees this as a very positive accomplishment.

Montclair resident David Wright is the NJBWC Project Manager for the Ice & Iron Greenway Project. He has spearheaded this project from its inception as a community volunteer and is optimistic about the develops.

Ice & Iron Greenway project“The past achievements that directly promotes our optimistic outlook include Rutherford’s progress in negotiating with Norfolk Southern on acquiring their track, our inclusion in the winning HUD project, Rebuild by Design, that included our greenway through the Meadowlands and our collaboration with the East Coast Greenway (ECG) to how their trail can best leverage some of the Ice & Iron Greenway’s route,” Wright tells Baristanet.

Wrigth says NJBWC’s next steps are:

  • Continue with outreach
  • Setup Meeting with Senator Corey Booker’s Chief of Staff
  • Work with the Montclair Transportation Committee (Don Ziff) to get their recommendation for Montclair to sign onto the Inter-Local Agreement

The longer goal, if the Greenway is built, to link it to the New Jersey section of the East Coast Greenway: a multi-state recreation trail that runs from Florida to the Canadian border in Maine.





Before I Die I Want To…….

BY  |  Monday, Sep 21, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (9)

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The Before I Die wall at Red Eye Cafe.

Right now, ponder one of life’s ultimate questions. Before I die I want to___________.

After losing someone she loved, artist Candy Chang painted the side of an abandoned house in her neighborhood in New Orleans with chalkboard paint and stenciled the sentence, “Before I die I want to _____.” Within a day of the wall’s completion, it was covered in colorful chalk dreams as neighbors stopped and reflected on their lives. Since then, more than 1,000 Before I Die walls have been created in over 70 countries and stenciled in over 35 languages by passionate people all over the world.

Montclair is joining the movement with a Before I Die wall at Red Eye Cafe. Tonight, September 21 between 6 pm – 8 pm, the community is invited to share their wishes on the wall.

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Baristaville in Bloom

BY  |  Sunday, Sep 20, 2015 9:38am  |  COMMENTS (2)

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Say goodbye to summer by taking one last look at flowers blooming at their peak around Baristaville, the perfect antidote to a grey fall day.

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Montclair Makes Final Four in the Downtown Showdown

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 16, 2015 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

 Downtown Showdown

In the words of Ol’ Blue Eyes…”That’s life, Hoboken!” Montclair beat the Hudson County town to make the Final Four in New Jersey Monthly’s first-ever Downtown Showdown, presented by Kings Food Markets.

Montclair, Maplewood, Morristown and Cape May emerged as winners in the second round of the contest. Voting for the new round ends at noon Monday, September 21.

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Rosh Hashanah: To a Sweet and Healthy New Year!

BY  |  Monday, Sep 14, 2015 7:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

To all who are celebrating Rosh Hashanah, Baristanet offers best wishes for a happy, healthy and sweet New Year!



Montclair’s Own Stephen Colbert Makes Late Show Debut

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 09, 2015 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (5)

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Last night, Montclair’s Stephen Colbert made his debut as host of the Late Show opening the night by singing the Star Spangled Banner with various Americans and ending at a baseball game – where Jon Stewart turns out to be the umpire and started the show with an enthusiastic “PLAY BALL!”

During his monologue he danced, joked that he hoped to find the “real” Stephen Colbert (insert Ashley Madison joke), and paid tribute to his predecessor Letterman, calling himself “a fan.”

Check it out below:

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Happy Labor Day

BY  |  Monday, Sep 07, 2015 7:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Happy Labor Day, Baristaville. Watch the video to learn a bit why you have the day off today and then get out and enjoy the day!



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