Awesome Upcycle: Custom Made Montclair Center Event Banner Bags

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Center Event Banner Bags

Montclair is a happening town, full of great community events that are often advertised with banners throughout Montclair Center. But what happens to those vinyl banners once an event is over? They have been sitting in storage at the Montclair BID for the past 10 years. That is, until now.

“One of the first things I did when I took the position was go into our storage unit to take inventory,” says Montclair BID’s Executive Director Israel Cronk. “I saw a huge pile, probably 5 feet by 5 feet and 6 feet deep, of banners! I started thinking about what we should do with them.”

Cronk posted this photo and question on Instagram for ideas:

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MHS Senior Selected to Join National School of Rock AllStars Tour

BY  |  Monday, Aug 22, 2016 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

MHS Senior Selected to Join National School of Rock AllStars Tour

Seventeen-year-old Sam Schuman, who is about to start his senior year at Montclair High School, was chosen to be a member of the School of Rock AllStars Band, which recently completed a national tour.

“Sam is a guitarist, a violinist, and one of our most dedicated and talented students,” says Kevin March, general manager of School of Rock Montclair. “He was one of hundreds of School of Rock musicians from across the United States to audition for the AllStars opportunity, and we’re thrilled that he was selected to represent Montclair.” Continue Reading

Chef Rodgee, How Does Your Gorgeous Garden in Bloomfield Grow?

BY  |  Friday, Aug 19, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (3)


Rodgee Cao, owner of Spice Thai Cuisine in Bloomfield, not only excels at cooking Thai food, but is a master home gardener. After seeing some of the photos of his garden he shares on his Facebook page, Baristanet reached out to learn, and see, more.

After living in New York City in apartments with no access to a garden for many years, Rodgee and his partner moved to New Jersey in 2012. “When 9/11 happened, we felt it was time to move out of the city and bought a house in Bloomfield very close to public transportation. At first, I hated it but gradually, I found some outlet to start enjoying the suburban way of living.”

That outlet was gardening. “I was very young when I first started gardening. My father was a teacher and a farmer. We had rice fields mainly for consumption. Our basic diet then was eating a lot of vegetables that we grew, a lot of fish that we caught, and jasmine white rice. We get to eat meat during special occasions. When I was like 9 or 10 years of age, I started my vegetable garden with bitter melon, eggplants, bok choy, stringbeans, peppers, tomatoes, and other herbs my Mom used for cooking. That’s where my love affair with gardening and my appreciation for flowers began.” shares Rodgee.

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Seen in Maplewood – No Trump Parking

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (13)

!trumpsignsizedSomeone doesn’t want Trump in Maplewood. Seen near the post office, a sign prohibiting Trump parking. Seen any strange signs, political or otherwise? Tell us in comments or drop an email to

Matching Grants Campaign to Expand Lifelong Learning Opportunities for Older Adults

BY  |  Sunday, Aug 14, 2016 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Institute for Lifelong LearningThe Montclair Institute for Lifelong Learning (MILL), part of the Lifelong Montclair aging in place initiative,  is a collaborative effort of four partner organizations:  Montclair Public Library and its Adult School of Montclair Department, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair Historical Society, and Montclair State University.  MILL believes you’re never too old for learning and they help foster opportunities for in-depth, high-level learning and socialization for Montclair’s 55+ adults through free classes offered over six weeks.  

In an effort to expand access to lifelong learning for older adults in Montclair and strengthen Lifelong Montclair’s vision to build Montclair into an even greater place to grow older, the partners are launching a Back to School Again fundraising campaign.  The goals are to meet the growing demand for classes and to keep them FREE and accessible for all.  

Donors may designate their gifts to one of three program areas, including the Arts, Health & Wellness, and History & Current Events, in addition to “wherever it’s needed most.”  Even better, each donation will be matched $1 for $1 by Partners for Health, doubling its impact!

To learn more or to make a donation, visit, email or call (973) 746-6130.



Blooms in Hand, A Wrapped Bouquet Delivery Service, Blossoms in Montclair

BY  |  Monday, Aug 08, 2016 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Anna Coy, a Montclair floral designer, creates lasting satin and crystal bridal bouquets for her busines To Hold & To Have. Coy also loves working with real blooms and creating gorgeous arrangements. She wondered if launching a wrapped bouquet delivery service could work in Montclair. Coy put her idea out on the Montclair Watercooler in April to gauge interest and received an enthusiastic response.

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Bnai Keshet Hosts Meet and Greet for Prospective Members

BY  |  Friday, Aug 05, 2016 3:14pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bnai Keshet Bnai Keshet is hosting a coffee and conversation for prospective members from 10:00-11:00am on Sunday, August 7, 2016. The event will be held at Bnai Keshet in Montclair. Prospective members are invited to join Rabbi Elliott Tepperman and Rabbi Arian Weitzman, along with members of the community for ice tea or coffee. Hear about the congregation and its religious school and get the answers to your questions. For more information, call the office at 973-698-6217 or email






Essex County Woman to Represent Team USA in Fencing at the Olympics

BY  |  Friday, Aug 05, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Ibtihaj_Muhammad_2014-15_Orleans_WC_teams_t130543Ibtihaj Muhammad of Maplewood, NJ, will represent the United States (and Essex County) at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games which begin tonight with opening ceremonies at 7 pm.

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Brookdale ShopRite Throws Goodbye Party to a Favorite 15 Year Employee

BY  |  Monday, Aug 01, 2016 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (7)

Brookdale ShopRite CEO Neil Greenstein and Associate Sean Quinlan

Brookdale ShopRite CEO Neil Greenstein and Associate Sean Quinlan

Sean Quinlan loves Elvis, his family, and his job. The 37 year old man with Down syndrome has been working as a bagger at Brookdale ShopRite for the past 15 years. August 12th will be his last day at work because he is moving to Morris County. This morning, CEO Neil Greenstein, General Manager Jerry Manley, and fellow associates, threw Sean an “Elvis-themed” going away party for his service.

Sean grew up in Bloomfield and attended the public schools before attended ECLC of New Jersey, which offers education and career training to persons with disabilities. It was through the help of ECLC that Sean got his job at Brookdale ShopRite in 2001.

One of Sean’s sisters, Judith Cresci, who was in attendance with her family, spoke to Baristanet and said “Brookdale ShopRite has been a second home for Sean. We will be forever grateful.”  Cresci says that Sean’s love of Elvis was inspired by their father who took him to visit Graceland when he was younger. Since then, he has been a lifelong fan.

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Local Food Drives To Replenish Low Summer Supplies

BY  |  Friday, Jul 29, 2016 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Move For HungerOver 1 million people in New Jersey, including 1 in six children, are food insecure. Here are a few ways you can help:

Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty (32 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ 07042) is once again partnering with Move For Hunger, a national non-profit organization, to host a food drive from August 1-September 30. Non-perishable food items will be collected. Last year’s drive resulted in nearly 50,000 lbs of food being collected for our neighbors in need.

Through the support of companies like Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, Move For Hunger can continue to help the nearly 50 million Americans struggling to find their next meal.

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