Baristanet Profile: Jason Kirschner

BY  |  Friday, Apr 29, 2016 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Jason Kirschner

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

Name: Jason Kirschner

Where do you live? Montclair.

When did you move there? Our kids were 2 so … about 7 years ago.

Where did you grow up? My early years were in Brooklyn, NY and then we moved out to Manalapan, NJ which is about 45 min south of here. I lived there until I left for college.

How do you make a living? By day, I’m a set designer for television. I generally do talk shows these days– most of my career was spent at the Late Show with David Letterman. I’ve also designed for Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Meredith Viera Show. By night, I’m an author/illustrator for children’s books. My first picture book, Mr. Particular: The World’s Choosiest Champion is out in the beginning of May. I’m really excited about it.

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School of Rock Montclair’s Kevin March Featured in Modern Drummer Magazine

Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

March on Modern Drummer

Kevin March, the Berklee-trained general manager at School of Rock Montclair, is the subject of a five page article in the April issue of Modern Drummer magazine. The story features a history of March’s work as a drummer for such “alternative A-listers” as Guided by Voices, Shudder to Think, the Dambuilders, Jeff Buckley, James Iha, the Rentals, Robert Pollard, and Ricked Wicky, as well as an interview with contributor David Jarnstrom.

“Modern Drummer is a bible for drummers around the world, whether they’re students, hobbyists, or pros, so it was an honor to be so prominently featured,” says March, who’s been a Montclair resident since 2012 and is the parent of a third grader at the Hillside School. “Along with talking about my work as a producer and a band member in the article, I also gave a shout out to School of Rock Montclair, which is where I have the best ‘day’ job in the world.” Continue Reading

Baristanet Profile: Doug Gillespie

BY  |  Friday, Apr 15, 2016 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (2)

 Doug Gillespie

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

Name: Doug Gillespie

Where do you live? Bloomfield, NJ

When did you move there? After graduating San Francisco State University in 1993, my wife Sandie and I moved back to New Jersey, ending up in an apartment on the south side of Bloomfield, only a few blocks away from where I first lived in Glen Ridge. But we wanted a house. We were very lucky to buy a house in the Brookdale section of Bloomfield five years later and have lived there ever since.

Where did you grow up? I mainly grew up in Glen Ridge, though we moved around a lot. Born in Red Bank, NJ, in the late 1960s, I lived in Matawan, NJ, for the first three years of my life, until we moved south to Willingboro, NJ, not far from Cherry Hill. Then when I was 5, we moved to Washington Street in Glen Ridge, a block from Linden Avenue School. But my father was offered a job with Rockwell International out in Southern California, so a year later we moved to Irvine and lived there for about 3 years. Just before my 10th birthday, we moved back to Woodland Avenue in Glen Ridge, just up the street from the high school. We love this area of New Jersey. (Sandie grew up on Lorraine Avenue in Montclair where her parents still live today.)

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Glen Ridge Man Honored With Black Achievers Award

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 12, 2016 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

David PearceDavid Pearce, a Con Edison department manager and Glen Ridge resident has been honored with a Black Achievers in Industry Award from the YMCA for his professional performance, community service, and dedication to corporate environmental excellence. He shares the honor with fellow employee Rod Herbert, general manager of Facilities Operations and Maintenance and Brooklyn resident. Both men were honored at the recent 46th Annual Harlem YMCA National Salute to Black Achievers in Industry Awards ceremony. Continue Reading

Owner of Montclair Bikery to Ride with Team 26 in Sandy Hook Ride on Washington

BY  |  Monday, Mar 21, 2016 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

David Adornato

David Adornato, owner of Montclair Bikery, will join 25 other riders in this year’s Sandy Hook Rides on Washington.

Team 26 rides to support common sense legislation to prevent gun violence. The ride begins at Sandy Hook, CT on April 9 and ends at the Capitol in Washington, DC on April 12.

Last year, when the Sandy Hook Ride on Washington rode into Morristown, they were escorted part-way by a team of bicyclists from the Montclair Bikery. This year, Adoranto gets much more involved.

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Baristanet Profile: Susie McKeown

BY  |  Friday, Mar 18, 2016 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Susie McKeown

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

Name: Susie McKeown

Where do you live? Verona, NJ

When did you move there? In 2003 while I was pregnant with my third child. I have 2 girls and 1 boy —Megan 17, Ryan 14 and Gracie 13. We used to live in the sweetest house at 108 Wildwood Avenue in Upper Montclair for 5 years. We bought it from friends who were here for a few years before moving back to Houston, TX. That house had lots of natural light and a deck with a tree growing up through he middle of it. We  also had a huge vegetable and herb garden behind the garage that we kept up after our friends left. I really love our house in Verona now because it has more room inside, but I still miss that deep backyard and all of those delicious veggies.

Where did you grow up? I grew up on 5 Argyle Road in Montclair. (we later moved to 5 Glenside Terrace on the other side of the park when I was 9.)  At our first house we had the most amazing neighborhood and all of the children always played outside. All summer long we used to run around between houses until we heard the bell at dinner time or saw the street light go on. Argyle is the cul de sac inside of Brookdale Park off of Grove Street. Behind the houses at the other end of the cul de sac were the Brookdale Park tennis courts. My parents and the neighbors enjoyed playing there all the time and we all would go out for pizza at The Town Pub in Bloomfield on Saturday nights. I loved it there.

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Christian McBride Appointed as Newport Jazz Festival Artistic Director

BY  |  Friday, Mar 18, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

mcbride jazz house kidsChristian McBride, multiple Grammy-winning bassist (he won his 5th award this year) and Montclair’s own (McBride is the Artistic Chair of Jazz House Kids), has been named artistic director of the world-renowned Newport Jazz Festival. For the first time in its 62-year history, the festival will have a musician other than pianist/producer George Wein as its artistic director.

McBride will begin festival strategic planning with Wein and Melnick immediately, and will take the reins for the 2017 Newport Jazz Festival. He has been a regular at Newport since his days as a young jazz musician at the age of 19 and will again take the stage this year with Chick Corea Trilogy on Friday and Saturday.

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Baristanet Profile: Nina Nsilo-Swai

BY  |  Friday, Mar 11, 2016 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

Nina Nsilo-Swai

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

Name: Nina Nsilo-Swai

Where do you live? By Porter Park in Montclair. Great quiet one way street, fabulous neighbors. Everything I hoped for when I moved to the suburbs.

When did you move there? In 2012, a few months before Hurricane Sandy.  It felt so weird to watch our former NYC neighborhood on the East River, cloaked in darkness and under water while we were safe, dry and had power.  

Where did you grow up? I grew up sort of all over the world.  I was born in Tanzania, East Africa and we moved to New York City when I was an infant because my father took a position at the United Nations Secretariat.  In 2nd grade I joined my sisters in boarding school in the U.K. and spent the next 4 years shuttling between NYC and London during the school year.  In 7th grade I returned to schooling in NYC and continued there until high school graduation. Trips home to Tanzania alternated between summer and Christmas breaks.  

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Baristanet Profile: Diane von Gal-Tobin

BY  |  Friday, Mar 04, 2016 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Diane von Gal-Tobin

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

Name: Diane von Gal-Tobin

Where do you live? Montclair, NJ

When did you move there? I moved here in 1997, after living in NYC for 23 years, to be closer to my boyfriend.

Where did you grow up? Greenwich, CT

How do you make a living? I make a living in direct sales with an amazing anti aging cream, called Nerium. I supplement that as a Personal Trainer, Water Aerobics Instructor and Spin Instructor and I work part time in a great medical billing office.

Coffee, tea or … ? Coffee…no doubt. Really strong and lots of it.

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Coffee With… Anthony Lauro, of Anthony’s Cheesecake

BY  |  Monday, Feb 29, 2016 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (5)

anthonylauroKnown for its roving eclecticism — from homemade quiches and Cajun tuna fish tacos to waffles with cookie butter and short-rib breakfast burritos — the menu at Anthony’s Cheesecake is a mighty read.

The Bloomfield staple, located below Garden State Yoga on Washington Street, prides itself on hearty meals of endless variety and, of course, world-class desserts, including some 30 cheesecake stylings that are sold in several local eateries.

Those cheesecakes are the brainchild of Anthony Lauro, who, with his partner and equal collaborator Phil Byrne, has run Anthony’s Cheesecake since 2010. The duo’s focus has been on breakfast and lunch, but dinner is available (and popular) Thursday and Friday, with a typically fluid menu that changes every week.

“I get bored with a set menu,” says the soft-spoken Lauro. “I do eight entrees and five appetizers for dinner and I try and make them special. It gives me the freedom to make what I want.” Continue Reading

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