Baristanet Profile: Erin Sircy

BY  |  Friday, Aug 19, 2016 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Erin Sircy

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

Name: Erin Sircy

Where do you live? Montclair, not too far from the Walnut Street area.

When did you move there? 2014 from Ft Greene, Brooklyn. I know, unusual path.

Where did you grow up? Originally from Nashville, but mostly grew up in Dallas.

How do you make a living? I’m a many-hat-wearing administrator in the Department of Art and Art Professions at NYU.

Coffee, tea or … ? Coffee followed by iced tea. Even when its frigid outside I still need my iced tea. Don’t get my mom’s peach tea often enough but I make do with Think’s black iced tea–it’s legit.
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Baristanet Profile: Kaelyn Siversky

BY  |  Friday, Aug 12, 2016 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Kaelyn Siversky

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

Name: Kaelyn Siversky

Where do you live? Valley Road, right by Tierney’s Tavern.

When did you move there? Born and raised in Montclair! I left for a few years for school and travel and moved back in 2013.

How do you make a living? I am currently an assistant manager at South Moon Under, come visit me!!

Coffee, tea or … ? COFFEE = LIFE, black or whole milk.

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Baristanet Profile: Barry Hartsfield

BY  |  Friday, Aug 05, 2016 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Barry Hartsfield

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

Name: Barry Hartsfield

Where do you live? Montclair

When did you move there? I grew up here, 3rd generation.

How do you make a living? Account Executive at a software company. It’s a platform that allows companies to control and manage their expenses.

Coffee, tea or … ? Definitely coffee and  light and sweet.
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Baristanet Profile: Alexis Romay

BY  |  Friday, Jul 15, 2016 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

alexis romay

(Photo credit: Valerie Block)

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

Name: Alexis Romay

Where do you live? I live in Montclair with my wife and son; my avatar lives on Twitter, all by himself.

When did you move there? I moved from Manhattan thirteen years ago. I haven’t missed NYC or my native Havana since. Continue Reading

Baristanet Profile: Barbara Castiglia

BY  |  Saturday, Jul 02, 2016 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Barbara Castiglia

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

Name: Barbara (Jarvie) Castiglia

Where do you live? Bloomfield

When did you move there? Late 2008.

Where did you grow up? I grew up on Long Island in the incorporated village of Massapequa Park.

How do you make a living? I am Content Director for  Modern Restaurant Management, a new website that strives to be the go-to resource for on-the-go restaurant industry professionals. It was designed by the amazing team at Lform Design of Verona. I’ve been a “utility player” journalist for more than 25 years and this job enables me to use all the skills culled from those varied positions as well as trade food puns with Chef Todd English (or the person who handles his Twitter!)  It’s as close to my dream job as I’ll ever get. I also have a number of paid and volunteer freelance gigs.
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Baristanet Profile: Lane Gardner

BY  |  Friday, Jun 24, 2016 3:00pm

Lane Gardner

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

Name: Lane Gardner

Where do you live? Montclair

When did you move there? 2004

Where did you grow up? All over the United States! I’m a military brat.

How do you make a living? I’m an Arts Program and Curriculum developer and teacher of the Arts in several local special needs schools. I’m most passionate about using the arts as an avenue for human development and social change from the inside out. I teach workshops centered around helping others cultivate and share their creative voice to foster human connection and community. I also teach private piano and voice lessons in my home studio.

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School of Rock Montclair Faculty Member Moe Watson Featured in Decibel Magazine

BY  |  Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016 10:47am

School of Rock Montclair

Maurice “Moe” Watson, a drum instructor at School of Rock Montclair, is the subject of an artist interview by Decibel Magazine, the “world’s foremost heavy metal authority”. Watson’s work as the drummer for Shai Hulud, which Decibel describes as being “one of the most innovative and unique bands in the hardcore scene”, is the focus of the story.

“I was totally taken aback to be featured in Decibel!” says Watson, who has performed with Shai Hulud in concerts across America, Europe, Canada, and Japan. “Many of the bands and musicians that I’m inspired by are discussed in the magazine, so for me to be considered on the same level with them all is an amazing honor.”

Watson had been a busy session and touring drummer when he joined the faculty at School of Rock Montclair in 2011: he had shared stages with such diverse artists as Ludacris, mewithoutyou, Trey Songz, Suicide Silence, Fabolous, All Shall Perish, Keri Hilson, Ray-J, Pat Benatar, John Ginty, and many more. He joined up with Shai Hulud in 2015, and has done three tours with them since then.

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Baristanet Profile: Hillary Frank

BY  |  Friday, Jun 17, 2016 3:00pm

Hillary Frank

(Photo credit: Richard Frank)

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

Name: Hillary Frank

Where do you live? Montclair

When did you move there? 2010

Where did you grow up? Park Slope (before it was cool) and Connecticut

How do you make a living? I host a podcast called The Longest Shortest Time. It’s about parenthood, but it’s for everyone—whether you have kids or not. I interview parents talking about their kids, and kids talking about their parents. Even adult kids. Like, pretty soon we’re gonna be airing a show in which the comedian W. Kamau Bell talks to his mom about her dating life as a single mom back when he was a kid. I’ve never heard a conversation like this in my life. That’s what I’m always looking for. To be surprised! (Editor’s note: a new season is launching on July 13)

Coffee, tea or … ? Tea before I had a kid; coffee after.
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Baristanet Profile: Jennifer Bonnell

BY  |  Friday, Jun 10, 2016 2:30pm

Jennifer Bonnell

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

Name: Jennifer Bonnell

Where do you live? On Park Street. We just moved into our third place on Park! Clearly, I like the neighborhood.

When did you move there? My husband Jonathan and I have been in Montclair (and on Park Street) since 2003. He came from Brooklyn, I came from Jersey, and we both wanted a walkable diverse suburb with a decent commute. Et voila! Montclair residents pre-marriage AND pre-kids; we were rarities in town. We got married a few years later, bought a house (on Park Street) the year after that, had two insane and amazing boys, and then finally last year bought what is hopefully our last house (on Park Street). We wrapped up a renovation and finally moved in just a few months ago. Now the decorating and putting things away.

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Montvale, in northern Bergen county, last stop on the Garden State Parkway before you hit New York state. Jersey girl, born and raised. I know the malls like the back of my hand, and learned to drive on a stick shift Volvo station wagon on Route 17. Nothing scares me. Except pumping my own gas.

How do you make a living? I’m an editorial consultant and freelance editor specializing in children’s books, specifically middle-grade and young adult fiction and non-fiction. Last year, I quit my (16 year!) gig as Executive Editor at Puffin Books, the trade paperback imprint of Penguin Books for Young Readers to go freelance, and attempt to gain something of a work-life balance. I could not have asked for a better career and workplace at Penguin–both in terms of the people I worked with in the office, who are still truly like family to me, and in terms of the authors and their books I worked on. But I love freelancing and being able to schedule my time so I can enjoy my family, friends, and the many many many side projects I seem to wrap myself up in, while still working on amazing books with talented writers.

I also write sporadically at kumquatmay about the various things I make, from fiber arts like knitting and spinning, to cooking and ceramics. I take pottery classes at the Yard School of Art at the Montclair Art Museum here in town, and have a wheel in the basement as well. In the early 2000s I wrote a do-it-yourself craft book for tweens, D.I.Y. Girl (long out of print), and friends have lovingly (I hope) mocked me for years for saying that whatever thing I was doing was “so easy” and sharing the how-tos. Finally I caved to their pressure and started blogging. Missing the high point of the DIY blogosphere by about 6 years, and filling a non-existent need for another DIY blogger, but it’s fun regardless.

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Baristanet Profile: Lily Vakili

BY  |  Friday, May 20, 2016 3:00pm

Lily Vakili

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

Name: Lily Vakili

Where do you live? Watchung neighborhood in Montclair

When did you move there? 2001

Where did you grow up? My family moved around a bit – I was born in La Lima, Honduras and lived in southern Florida; Bangkok, Thailand; Mayaguez, Puerto Rico; and Ames, Iowa. At 16, I joined a theatre troupe in Minneapolis…. I think the growing up continued through stints in NYC, Hoboken, and Boston….

How do you make a living? By applying the art of persuasion, practice & perseverance to the fields of music and law. As a lawyer, I represent individuals and biotech companies involved in drug development. As a singer/songwriter, I’m releasing my second album, Meadowlands, and am playing gigs around town and elsewhere in the excellent company of the LV Band.

Coffee, tea or … ? I like coffee, I like tea, I like wine in good company.

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