Everyone in the Essex Pool This Weekend!

BY  |  Thursday, May 26, 2016 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Montclair’s Essex Pool will open for the season on Saturday, May 28 and will and remain open weekends only until June 24 when all three pools (Essex, Nishuane, and Mountainside) will open. Essex Pool will close August 21 for the season. Nishuane and Mountainside pools will close at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 5 for the season. Continue Reading

Face Painting, Performances and More For Montclair High’s Gay Mayday

BY  |  Thursday, May 19, 2016 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

gay marriage in NJMontclair High School’s Gay Straight Alliance will hold a Gay Mayday celebration this Saturday, May 21 from noon-5pm in Watchung Park. Students are raising money for the Ali Forney center, a homeless shelter for LGBT youth.

Face painting, light food and performers throughout the day, including T and Tessa, Matt Aarons, Tula Vera, Jonah Skeen, Passing Notes, Noah Grande and The Subcultures.

Crouching Mother, Hidden Gardener

BY  |  Friday, May 13, 2016 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

compostingThis Mother’s Day, Debbie Galant didn’t want jewelry or a spa treatment, she requested a composter. She writes about it on her blog Midcentury Modern:

So the sun finally made an appearance.

And so did my new composter. After all, the boy spent a year on an organic farm, and if I was ever going to activate the Earth Mama inside me, it was going to be while Organic Farm Boy was still living at home. So I made a Mother’s Day request, and he obliged.

Now, finally, I could discard all those banana peels and eggshells with the smug knowledge that I was not only helping the environment but creating world-class soil for my own garden.

The word “garden” being something of an overstatement.

But almost immediately after receiving my gift, Organic Farm Boy taught me some new terms.

Dry browns: the carbon-bearing dead matter (fall leaves, grass clippings, straw, twigs) that is needed to break down all that wet matter from the kitchen sink.

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Lighten Up: Montclair Salons See Demand for Balayage

BY  |  Wednesday, May 11, 2016 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Balayage has been around for a while but this highlighting technique is trending and becoming one of the most popular hair color requests in salons these days.

A French word meaning to sweep or to paint, balayage gives your hair a sun-kissed natural look with softer, less noticeable regrowth lines. It’s not just for blondes either. Balayage can be used on brunettes or redheads to create dimension.

Baristanet spoke with two local stylists who do beautiful balayage work to learn more about this trend:

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My Mother’s Plates

BY  |  Sunday, May 08, 2016 9:49am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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My house was freezing so I went downstairs to add water to the boiler. It takes a bit of time so I started rummaging through some boxes that were damaged a few years ago by a flood in the basement. I still hadn’t gotten around to disposing of the moldy contents.

I came across an unmarked box marked “kitchen items” and on the bottom was a mound of bubble wrap. When I started to unravel it, I realized what it was.

When my mother was in her early twenties back in the fifties, she and some friends went traveling through Europe. Back then her whole world was open to her. This was a carefree time of life for her, a time when she was single and independent (not always one in the same back then). It was before she was told that she should not follow her dream to get a PhD in psychology because no one would ever marry a woman who would be “old” after finishing all that schooling. It was a time before she went on to marry my father and raise a family with seven children. Continue Reading

Montclair Art Museum Opens Vance Wall Art Education Center

BY  |  Friday, May 06, 2016 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Stephen Wall, son of Carol and Terry Wall, cuts the ribbon at the opening ceremony.

Last night, Montclair Art Museum officially opened its new Vance Wall Art Education Center with a festive celebration and ribbon cutting before MAM’s First Free Thursday night event.

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MPL to Host Elibrary Drop-In Support Sessions and Instructional Workshops

BY  |  Tuesday, May 03, 2016 8:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Public LibraryAre you a new patron of Montclair Public Library (MPL) or someone who wants to learn more about using its eLibrary services?

MPL will host eLibrary Drop-In Support sessions at various locations around town in May.

Below is the upcoming schedule:

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Shred Private Documents at Montclair ShredFest on Saturday

BY  |  Friday, Apr 29, 2016 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Montclair Shred-FestDo you, like my husband, have boxes of documents you no longer need? He refuses to listen to me about what we need to keep and what we can shred. If you wonder the same thing, check out these guidelines from USA.gov, which says you can get rid of bank statements after 1 year, credit card statements when they are paid, and pay stubs after reconciling with W-2 after 3 years.

Then gather anything you can throw away and head to Montclair ShredFest tomorrow, April 30 from 9 am – 1 pm at the Community Services Yard, 219 No. Fullerton Avenue. The event is hosted by the Montclair office of Environmental Affairs and is free for all residents.

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Happy Passover

BY  |  Friday, Apr 22, 2016 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Baristanet wishes those celebrating a happy and joyous Passover!



Anna Quindlen: Her New Novel, Old Jersey Memories and Women in Journalism Today

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Anna QuindlenIn early 1999, I was 30 years old and new to New York. I knew nothing about the city and the media world within it when I was hired as an assistant to the Editor in Chief of Newsweek magazine. But I knew who Anna Quindlen was, and when months after I was hired it was announced that she was about to start what would be a ten-year gig there as a “Last Word” columnist, I shared in the excitement that filled the executive office.

I met Quindlen briefly at her welcoming bash at the Four Seasons back when newsweeklies could still throw those kind of events. I wanted to tell her that I had always admired her work, that even my mother – a Republican – loved her work, and that I once worked with her sister at a bookstore in San Diego. But, still new to New York and the magazine that would become my home for almost 11 years, I was too shy to do much more than say hello.

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Wow. I could relate to and empathize with much of the perspective shared here. It's an inspirational story and exemplary contribution to both local and national history. Thank you for sharing. Best of luck to Sara and the MHS Girls Softball Team! Go Blue!

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