Struggling in New Jersey

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 4:50pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

ALICE households

Living in New Jersey gets more difficult each year. According to a study by the Legal Services of New Jersey Poverty Research Institute, one in three people in the Garden State can barely make ends meet.

Federal figures place the number of state households in poverty at 10.5 percent, but a report out this week from the United Way of Northern New Jersey says the actual number of struggling households are much higher, based on numbers from 2012 — 1.2 million, or 38 percent.

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Jewish High Holidays Round Up

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Jewish High Holidays

The Jewish High Holidays begin next week, with Rosh Hashanah, aka the Jewish New Year, starting at sundown on September 24. For many Jewish families, it is a holiday of reflection and renewal, as well as a time to share a holiday meal with family and friends. It is followed by a sacred 10-day period that culminates in Yom Kippur, beginning on October 3, the Jewish Day of Atonement, notable for its 24-hour fast.

Here is a round up of local High Holidays services, food and more:

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Montclair Fashion Night Brings The Fabulous to Wellmont Theater

BY  |  Monday, Sep 15, 2014 5:14pm  |  COMMENTS (1)


Move over Project Runway. Montclair Center made it work at the 2014 Montclair Fashion Night. Fashionistas of all ages showed up to watch models take their turn on the catwalk. This was the second time for Montclair Fashion Night, presented by Montclair Center BID, and the move to the Wellmont Theater was a smart one, because the turnout was huge, with fashion-loving fans filling the entire main floor (fortunately, there was additional seating and great views from the balcony)! Continue Reading

Creating a Chabad Presence in Montclair

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (4)

Chabad Montclair

Rabbi Yaacov and his wife Ita Leaf, along with their two children, are hoping to establish a Chabad presence in Montclair to serve the needs of the local and surrounding Jewish community.

Chabad, a global movement with over 3,000 branches in 65 countries, is a Hasidic movement that adheres to the Orthodox practice of Judaism. According to Rabbi Yaacov, “Chabad advances the goal that every Jew have the opportunity for Jewish discovery within a context of open-minded exploration, regardless of background or affiliation.”

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Montclair Pop-Up Returns!

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 04, 2014 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Soaps from Nature Island Botanicals.

Soaps from Nature Island Botanicals.

Montclair Pop-Up is popping up on September 20, as an outdoor market at 84 Walnut Street (in the Building Blocks parking lot across from Montclair Farmers Market).

Shop local with more than 20 returning and new vendors (favorites include Schmutzerland, Blue J Syrups and Dangerous Pottery).

Choose from handmade artisan goods including art, pottery, jewelry, cards, stuffed toys, skin care products, recyclables and more. There will be music, crafts, Reiki and other surprises.

The Montclair Pop-Up Outdoor Market will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., so shop before or after your trip to the Farmers Market.

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 03, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

It’s the classic school essay that all children are asked to write the first week of school. The assignment provides the teacher insight to the student’s personality and writing and language ability, but, more importantly, it makes the writer reflect on the moments where memories were made. Something all ages should do.

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Best Foot Forward: Montclair’s Piazza Della Sole Turns 10

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

piazza della 3Time flies! Piazza Della Sole will mark 10 years in Montclair this fall.

Located between restaurants and shops on Valley Road, the boutique specializing in chic, comfortable women’s shoes first opened in Montclair’s Watchung Plaza, but owner Camille Kessler relocated the business to Valley Road three years ago for a larger space and more foot traffic. Continue Reading

This Week, I’m________

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

Fabulous Beach Reads

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 Photo: Michael Reitman

Gas price at Clifton Costo last week. Prices stay low according to Gas 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

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The cops don't need to be everywhere at once, the penalties need to be harsh. It is not hyperbole JC. No one is slowing down for a few hundred bucks. 5k or 10k and you can be sure that "speed won't be creeping up" on folks.

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