Baristanet Profile: Therese Baird

BY  |  Friday, Jul 31, 2015 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Therese Baird

The latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood:

Name: Therese Baird

Where do you live? Cedar Grove, NJ

When did you move there? Almost 23 years ago.

Where did you grow up? Summit Avenue in Upper Montclair

How do you make a living? I am currently a real estate agent at Halstead Property in Montclair. Before that, I was the owner of Le Baker’s Dozen Bake Shoppe.

Coffee, tea or … ? Coffee… always. Unless I’m sick, then it’s tea!

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Baristanet Profile: Matthew Davis

BY  |  Friday, Jul 24, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Matthew Davis

The latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood:

Name: Matthew Davis – aka “Matt”

Where do you live? I live on Grove Street in Upper Montclair.

When did you move there? My family has lived here since early 2004 – we arrived from Hoboken with only a couple of weeks to spare before our twin boys were born. It was not a dull time in our lives…

Where did you grow up? I grew up mostly in Stamford, CT. But my Dad’s work gave me the opportunity to spend a few years each in London and Toronto. Learned to make new friends in new places! Truth be told, I am pretty sure I still have some growing up to do. I am a work in progress, for sure.

How do you make a living? I have been involved in new media production in NYC for twenty years now. After getting my master’s degree at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. I ran front-end and product development groups for companies like barensandnoble.com and The Princeton Review. These days I run operations for an open source-centric consulting company in the City, Boyle Software. I wear lots of hats – once again, life ain’t dull… Though I do not make money from it, my labor of love is my music which finds its voice these days in my band The Thousand Pities.

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Baristanet Profile: Alison Overton

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 16, 2015 11:55am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Alison Overton

The latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood:

Name: Alison Overton

Where do you live? Montclair, NJ in the 07042

When did you move there? 10 years ago this month.

Where did you grow up? Haddonfield, NJ (way down south).

How do you make a living: Design Director at a fashion accessories company.

Coffee, tea or…?: Iced Coffee year round.

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Outlawz Rapper Hussein Fatal Mourned in Montclair, Family Raising Funds For Funeral

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 14, 2015 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

hussein fatalHussein Fatal, a member of The Outlawz who collaborated with Tupac Shakur, debuting on All Eyez on Me, died Saturday in a fatal car crash in Georgia. Fatal was 38.

Born Bruce Washington, Jr., Fatal grew up on New Street in Montclair. Fatal’s sister, Tammy Perkins-Cross, has set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds for funeral expenses. Fatal’s body will be brought home to New Jersey where he will be buried. Continue Reading

Baristanet Profile: Chelo Keys

BY  |  Friday, Jul 10, 2015 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Chelo Keys

The latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood:

Name: Chelo Keys

Where do you live? Right now I’m in Glen Ridge but I began my suburban life on Claremont Street in Montclair.

When did you move there? I’ve been in this area for about 13 years.

Where did you grow up? I grew up on Dyckman Street, North of Washington Heights in NYC.

How do you make a living? I’m a Wedding and Portrait Photographer.

Coffee, tea or … ? Coffee, but tea time is always nice!

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Montclair High Alum Wins Journalism’s Livingston Award

BY  |  Monday, Jul 06, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Shoshana WalterShoshana Walter figured her first job in journalism would be working on general assignments or the education beat. Instead, she was hired by The Ledger in Central Florida to work the cops beat.

“I had to go to jail every night,” Walter, a 2003 graduate of Montclair High School, tells Baristanet.

The job ended up laying the groundwork for what has become her passion: investigative crime reporting. Her work at The Ledger caught the attention of the San Francisco-based Bay Citizen, where she was hired in 2010 to cover crime in Oakland, one of the nation’s most dangerous cities. At the time, the Bay Citizen was one of the few non-profit news startups that supplied articles to the regional news sections of the New York Times, where many of Walter’s articles appeared.

One such article profiled taco truck owners in the Fruitvale section of Oakland who were hiring armed security guards to protect against the violent robberies taking place in the area. Walter’s reporting got her wondering about what kind of training and oversight security guards undergo, and with fellow reporter Ryan Gabrielson, began researching and analyzing data across the U.S. on how well regulators were vetting armed guards for criminal records and other background checks.

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Baristanet Profile: Sarah Scalet

BY  |  Friday, Jul 03, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Sarah Scalet

The latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood:

Name: Sarah Scalet

Where do you live? Glen Ridge

When did you move there? January 2014 (after 8 years in Bloomfield)

Where did you grow up? Brookings, S.D.

How do you make a living? As a writer and editor. Currently I work in digital marketing at EY (Ernst & Young), where I’m part of a global content team and spend a lot of time in my home office on conference calls.

Coffee, tea or … ? Definitely coffee — black coffee every morning, and in the afternoon iced coffee in the summer and latte in the winter.

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Montclair Author Jenny Milchman Writes Third Book

BY  |  Monday, Jun 29, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

jenny-milchman-webMontclair author Jenny Milchman‘s third book, Night Falls, might sound a little familiar. A physiological thriller, the story takes place during one night when a snowstorm shuts down a family’s Adirondack home, leaving them stranded – until two escaped prisoners show up.

“I am aware of the crazy convergence with the real life story playing out upstate,” Milchman, a 1987 graduate of Montclair High, told Baristanet.

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Baristanet Profile: Janette Afsharian

BY  |  Friday, Jun 26, 2015 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Janette Afsharian

The latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood:

Name: Janette Afsharian

Where do you live? Upper Montclair near the Iris gardens.

When did you move there? September 2006

Where did you grow up? Iran until I was 7, then Texas.

How do you make a living? After college I was hired to be a stockbroker in Austin, Texas. Within a month I had to break it to my dad that I wanted to do something in the “arts” instead. He was not happy – at all.  I moved to New York and started working for WNET as a graphic designer. Twenty years later, I’m still making a living as a graphic designer.

Coffee, tea or … ?  Black coffee with dark chocolate on the side.

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Montclair High Graduate Returns Home to Make First Short Film

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 25, 2015 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair High School Graduate Returns Home to Make First Short FilmAfter 4 years the highly-selective Dramatic Writing program in NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Montclair High School alumni Emerson Gordon comes home to produce his first independent film.

Emerson, known for his stage work from Nishuane, to Hillside, to Glenfield, finally culminating as Audrey II in Montclair High School’s rendition of Little Shop of Horrors, used the performing arts offered by Montclair’s education system as a gateway for his true passion: writing and producing films. As a senior at NYU, Emerson has worked on a couple of his peers’ short films, before finally deciding to take the plunge himself on a short that he wrote, and considered to be very near and dear to his heart.

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