Baristanet Profile: Tyra Manso

BY  |  Friday, Dec 09, 2016 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Tyra Manso

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

Name: Tyra Manso

Where do you live? Montclair, NJ

When did you move there? My family moved to Montclair two years ago. We left Brooklyn in search of yard space and we gained an entire community.

Where did you grow up? Sweet Home Chicago. Go Cubs!

How do you make a living? I’m a Pediatric Dentist and owner of Montclair Pediatric Dental Care. The thing I love about being a local business owner is seeing my patients and their families around town. It makes me feel like my roots are truly planted here. I’ve also built some pretty cool relationships with other local business owners and they inspire me.

Coffee, tea or … ? I enjoy a creamy cup of coffee, but my first love is tea with tons of lemon.

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Baristanet Profile: Helen Laser

BY  |  Friday, Nov 18, 2016 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Helen Laser

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

Name: Helen Laser

Where do you live? Montclair NJ.

When did you move there? Moved back after graduating from Muhlenberg College last spring with a degree in Theatre and English.

Where did you grow up? I grew up here in Montclair!

How do you make a living? I am an actor, primarily. I audition in the city and have done some videos for Seventeen Magazine, a few commercials including most recently a promo for the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (he’s very nice!), and I’m currently rehearsing to be Anne Frank for a show that’s through the Anne Frank Center of NYC. I also do freelance work as a writer/PR manager, as well as designing custom tattoos for clients and friends.

Coffee, tea or … ? Coffee if it’s iced, tea many times a day in winter.

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Baristanet Profile: James Demaria

BY  |  Friday, Oct 21, 2016 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


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

Name: James Demaria
Where do you live? Montclair, NJ.
When did you move there? Nine Years ago.
Where did you grow up? Valley Stream, NY (Long Island)
How do you make a living? Photography and Documentary Films
Coffee, tea or … ? Lovely day for a Guinness
What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday? Hanging with my kids at Brookdale Park. Followed by a donut at Montclair Bread. Dinner at Raymond’s. Night cap with my wife at Tierney’s.
What’s your favorite local restaurant? Raymond’s or Tierney’s. Tough decision.
What’s on your nightstand? A novel by Charles Bukowski. Random toy left by my 5 year old. Empty coffee mug.
What are you listening to? Louis Armstrong, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Kermit Ruffins.
What are your current addictions? New Orleans. Period.
Talent you would most like to have. I’d like to be able to drink (and survive) like Shane MacGowan.
What’s the worst-kept secret about Montclair? The Corner. (restaurant)
What do you hope they say about you at your funeral? I’m not a fan of funerals. “When I die you’d better Second Line.”

Dr. Gold Runs Chicago Marathon, Raises Over $4K for Montclair Public Library

BY  |  Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Dr. Gold

Congratulations to local orthodontist Dr. Gold! He completed the Chicago Marathon on October 9 and raised $4,182 for the Montclair Public Library!




Montclair Couple Honored for Leadership and Philanthropy at NCJW/Essex Spotlight Gala

BY  |  Saturday, Oct 15, 2016 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Jill and Alan Johnson of Montclair

The National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section (NCJW/Essex) honored Jill and Alan Johnson of Montclair, NJ, at a Spotlight Gala in recognition of their unflagging support of the organization.

The Spotlight Gala was held at Crestmont Country Club in West Orange, NJ, on Sunday, September 25, 2016. The Johnsons have embodied the spirit of NCJW/Essex with their continuous contributions of support, involvement and leadership, making a difference in the lives of women, children and families throughout Essex County and New Jersey.

Jill Johnson, a long-time member of NCJW, commented, “Alan and I know it is our obligation to leave the world a better place than we found it. NCJW has given us the ideal place to utilize our time, talent and resources to do good. How wonderful it is to be honored for simply doing what we need to do and what we love to do.”

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Baristanet Profile: Talib Nelson

BY  |  Friday, Oct 14, 2016 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

talib nelson

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

Name: Talib Nelson

Where do you live? North Fullerton, across the street from Immaculate church…and its bells!

When did you move there? Three years ago…though it feels like I moved in last year.

Where did you grow up? Partially in Kingston, Jamaica, but mostly in Montclair. I feel more Jamaican than American, right — but I feel more like a Mountie than I do anything else.

How do you make a living? I’m a self-taught software engineer: I solve problems with math by writing code. The funny thing is that I started doing it as a temporary measure for a personal project, realized I enjoyed it, and it became a career. Now I work for a company called Shutterstock, whose offices are in the Empire State Building.

Coffee, tea or … ? Tea. It’s the only proper answer. Growing up in Jamaica, with all its ties to the U.K., a cup of tea kind of feels like home.

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Two Montclair Filmmakers Create Films Dealing With Loss, Independence, and the Woods

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

allegra givensAllegra Givens graduated from Montclair High School in 2013. She was, what she says was, “one of three ‘film nerds’ in my grade and only two of us went on to pursue film in college.” For her senior year, she based her senior option project around making a silent film so she could work on her skills at visual storytelling. That film, “YOU+ME,” went on to screen in two film festivals the following fall.

Today, Givens attends Chapman University in California as a Film Production major and is gearing up to make her senior thesis Emma in the Woods, a 15-minute film with a crew of over 35 people (both Chapman students and some industry professionals). The film is about an orphan girl whose younger sister disappears on a hike the day she is supposed to move out of her group home.

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Baristanet Profile: Alexandria Pavel

BY  |  Friday, Sep 30, 2016 2:00pm

Alexandria Pavel

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

Name: Alexandria Pavel

Where do you live? Montclair

When did you move there? Returned nearly two years ago from living in Chicago for 4 years, and 4 in San Francisco before that.

Where did you grow up? Montclair! Love it here.

How do you make a living? I own Apple Village children’s design and gift shop in Upper Montclair with my husband Dave.

Coffee, tea or … ? I have two young kids — coffee, more coffee, and wine.

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Baristanet Profile: Aimee Brooks

BY  |  Friday, Sep 23, 2016 3:00pm

Aimee Brooks

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

Name: Aimee Brooks

Where do you live? Between the estate section and Nishuane park. Full of deer, turkeys and fox. And the occasional coyote.

When did you move there? I moved here in April 2005 with my husband David and 4 month old Hailey (now a 6th grader). I knew nothing about Montclair except there was a yummy bagel place in Watchung plaza.

Where did you grow up? Larchmont, NY. An amazing town on Long Island sound. I never ever thought I’d move to NJ.

How do you make a living? I am a senior producer in Advertising and Promotion at CBS News. I started as an NBC page and worked my way up, a career in media spanning 25 years. My job now is to try and get people to turn to CBS on a daily basis. I write, produce and direct promos that tell you what’s coming up on a news program —yes, those annoying teasers as some say. I get to work with an amazing group of talented journalists, writers and producers on all levels. People often ask me what channel that is. That would be channel 2. I also volunteer quite a bit, right now I’m coordinating the Concert Across America Montclair on September 25.

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Baristanet Profile: Tracy Herrick

BY  |  Friday, Sep 16, 2016 12:30pm

Baristanet Profile: Tracy Herrick

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

Name: Tracy Herrick

Where do you live? Erwin Park… this is our 3rd (and final!) home in Montclair.

When did you move there? We moved to Montclair in 1998, and bought this house in Dec of 2003. We didn’t move in until Summer of 2004… LOTS of renovation.

Where did you grow up?
I was born in Lorain, Ohio and then moved one city over to Amherst. Both are modest towns on Lake Erie, about 30 miles west of Cleveland (go Cavs!). I had a typical midwestern upbringing. I go back every summer to visit the few family members who still live there, and to take my daughters to Cedar Point Amusement Park… BEST coasters in the world!

How do you make a living? I teach by day, and sing by night. I am a vocal coach, and work primarily with elementary and high school students. It’s a privilege to watch them grow, both as performers and people. I still sing myself, mainly for pleasure, and mostly with a fabulous musical group called 3rd Valve. We have an 11-piece horn band that covers artists like Chicago, EW&F, Aretha Franklin, Clapton etc…. it’s a BLAST. We also have a smaller jazz ensemble, and an R&B group. I sing it all and will stop when I drop! (Shameless plug #2.., go to for more info!)

Coffee, tea or … ? Both. Two cups of coffee in the morning (and please don’t expect a coherent conversation until I’ve finished the first one), and Chai tea in the afternoon when I’m teaching.

What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday? Going out on the Harley during the day… my husband, Scott and I have a Road King, and we love to get out of the burbs and up into the countryside and hills of NY State and explore. There’s nothing like breathing in the fresh air, while cruising down winding roads on a motorcycle. Heaven! Then home, perhaps a nap, and out to do a gig at night… singing my heart out, watching our audience shake their booties and act like teens again. Our followers cut loose!!

What’s your favorite local restaurant? Oh, SO many ‘favorites’! Egan’s for great beer and wings, Highlawn for a martini and the view, Ruthie’s for BBQ (and live music in the Summer), Ani Ramen for shrimp buns, and I so miss Giotto. Their pasta, risotto… everything, was delicioso! I am a complete foodie, so there’s no way could I pick just one. We are very fortunate to have Many fabulous restaurants in Montclair, these are just a few. Continue Reading

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Condolences. So tragic. May she RIP. Very sorry for her family.

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