Montclair Resident Honored at Essex County Older Americans Heritage Month Celebration

BY  |  Wednesday, May 20, 2015 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Essex County Older Americans Heritage Month Celebration

DiVincenzo, Jr. (third from left) presents Essex County Legends Awards to (from left) Montclair resident C. Maxene Vaughters-Summey, Essex Fells resident Dr. Leon G. Smith and West Orange resident Beverly L. Oliphant during the Ninth Annual Essex County Older Americans Heritage Month Celebration on Monday, May 18th in the Essex County LeRoy F. Smith, Jr. Public Safety Building in Newark. May is recognized as National Older Americans Month. (Photo by Lloyd Holmes)

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and the Essex County Division of Senior Services hosted the Ninth Annual Essex County

Older Americans Heritage Month Celebration on Monday, May 18, in honor of National Older Americans Month.

During the ceremony, DiVincenzo presented Essex County Legends Awards to the following Essex County senior citizens:

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Baristanet Profile: Renée LoBue

BY  |  Friday, May 15, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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

Name: Renée LoBue

Where do you live? Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair.

When did you move there? Two years ago

Where did you grow up? Elmwood Park, NJ

How do you make a living? I manage a private modern art collection. When I’m not working my day job, I become the real me—a singer, songwriter and performer. My band, Elk City (featured in Baristanet in 2010) records and rehearses in Montclair. We’re finishing up a new record that’s slated to be released in the fall.

Coffee, tea or … ? Coffee. Yes, please!

What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday? Breakfast at Red Eye Café, buying fresh produce at the Montclair Farmer’s Market, a stop at Saint Barnabas’ Hospice Thrift Shop, a stroll on Church Street before stopping by our studio, Orange Road, to work on new music, then ending the day with a cocktail party at my place.

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Petition Created to Award Yogi Berra The Presidential Medal of Freedom

BY  |  Tuesday, May 12, 2015 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (3)

 Yogi Berra

Yogi Berra is a beloved baseball legend and Montclair is proud to call him ours. Today Yogi celebrates his 90th birthday and we can’t think of a better birthday present than signing a petition that he be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, an award bestowed by the President of the United States and is, along with the Congressional Gold Medal,the highest civilian award of the United States:

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Baristanet Profile: Erik Ekroth

BY  |  Friday, May 08, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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

Name: Erik Ekroth

Where do you live? Prospect Avenue in Montclair.

When did you move there? We moved to our new house just three months ago.

Where did you grow up? Smack dab in the middle of Texas.

How do you make a living? I’m a portrait and event photographer.

Coffee, tea or … ? Definitely coffee.

What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday? An early morning surf at Sandy Hook, brunch at home with my wife and son before heading off to Brookdale Park for a bike ride and some tree climbing, then a relaxing evening in the backyard with some friends, good food on the grill, cocktails, and a sing along to 80s music.

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You Gotta Believe, You Gotta Pray

BY  |  Monday, May 04, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Mets in the WilderessSince Tug McGraw told his fellow New York Mets in 1973 that “You Gotta Believe,” the phrase has become a rallying cry for the perennial underdog team. But Maureen Edelson of Montclair is taking the call to believe a step further and saying: Let’s all pray for the Mets to win!

Her Pray4Mets initiative began as a simple act of love—for her husband, a beleaguered Mets fan. “My husband Todd each year opens the baseball season with the characteristically low expectations of his team that most Mets fans hold,” she says. “As Todd’s wife, I wanted better for him and his team, knew that he should expect better (and to have more joy) in his life, and, based on my experience, that we could try to make it so.”

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Baristanet Profile: Marisabel Raymond

BY  |  Friday, May 01, 2015 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Marisabel Raymond

The latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood. Marisabel Raymond will be honored at The Junior League of Montclair-Newark’s Upcoming Spring Gala:

Name: Marisabel Raymond

Where do you live? In Manhattan on West 72nd Street.

When did you move there? I moved there last summer after living in Glen Ridge in the same house for 30 years.

Where did you grow up? My dad worked for the World Health Organization so we lived in Guatemala, Venezuela, Nicaragua and, my favorite place, Rio.

How do you make a living? For more than 15 years, I have been committed to the Van Vleck House and Gardens. I lead a successful $2 million capital campaign and now I am involved in implementing the goals of that campaign.

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Bloomfield Singer & Educator Corinna Sowers Adler Nominated for a TONY Award

BY  |  Friday, Apr 24, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Corinna Sowers Adler

New York Cabaret Singer and Bloomfield resident, Corinna Sowers Adler, recently received a nomination for the first ever TONY Award’s Excellence in Theatre Education Award!

Corinna, who is currently the Founding Artistic Director of NiCori Studios and Productions housed at the Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, is a graduate of Wilkes University and has been directing productions, teaching theater classes and providing vocal instruction to students for the past 15 years.

Corinna is also the Executive Director of Gas Lamp Academy of Performing Arts, in Glen Ridge. Her latest brainchild is a new project entitled “Starting with Me,” a cabaret of new musical works to be performed at Oakeside on Thursday, June 4 at 7 p.m. and Don’t Tell Mama in New York City on Sunday, June 7 at 3 p.m. The show is part of the Teen Project for Gas Lamp Academy.

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Baristanet Profile: Natalie Chitwood

BY  |  Friday, Apr 24, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Natalie Chitwood

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

Name: Natalie Chitwood

Where do you live? On Claremont Avenue, by the Walnut Street Station. I live in a multi-family, with my hubby + two little boys. We live downstairs and my sister, brother-in-law + their two little boys live upstairs. We joke that it’s a commune.

When did you move there? We all moved from Brooklyn about five years ago. Just after my first boy was born we started looking for a more peaceful way of life. My bro (in law) was from Wayne, NJ and he introduced us to Montclair.

Where did you grow up? I grew up in a small town in Virginia on a farm. We moved when I was 12 years old to the suburbs, right outside Washington, DC. I think that’s why I can enjoy playing in the dirt or spending hours inside an art museum.

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Montclair Mom’s Memoir Explores Old School Parenting

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Ylonda Gault CavinessYlonda Gault Caviness had no intention of writing a memoir. But four years ago, the Montclair mom of three took part in a Montclair Pitchapalooza event on something of a whim and, to her surprise, won.

The pitch was about her mother and her mother’s old school child-raising values, and the Pitchapalooza organizer, Arielle Eckstut, suggested Caviness turn the idea into a memoir. Caviness, a journalist who has written for iVillage, Essence, Redbook and Parenting, thought, no way.

“I write about other people,” she said. “I’m an objective observer.”

But Caviness thought more about it, mulling over the idea for about a year, trying to figure out how to take a part of her life that was private and turn it into a public document without dishonoring the people who raised her.

The result was Child, Please, a glimpse into her life as a mom and parenting editor “living in a fancy suburb” and an exploration of her stormy relationship with her “straight-no-chaser mama.” The book has already received heaps of praise – including a mention on the New York Times Motherlode blog – for its honesty and wit, and for the lessons about life and childrearing that helped shape Caviness into the person – and mother – she became.

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Baristanet Profile: Nydia Figueroa

BY  |  Friday, Apr 10, 2015 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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

Name: Nydia Figueroa

Where do you live? Hawthorne place, Montclair

When did you move there? I moved here with my family 8 years ago.

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Newark,NJ

How do you make a living? I am a professional / celebrity makeup artist. I have done makeup for television, publications and fashion. I am also a bridal makeup artist who loves to make women feel and look gorgeous on their special day!

Coffee, tea or … ? I LOVE iced green tea from Starbucks. I am a regular at the South Park St. location

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