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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Baristanet Profile: Tom Hall

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

Tom Hall

The latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series. This week features someone who technically doesn’t live in the neighborhood, but spends a lot of time in Montclair for work—especially come May:

Name: Tom Hall

Where do you live? I live in Park Slope, Brooklyn. (I know, I know…)

When did you move there? 1997

Where did you grow up? Flint, MI

How do you make a living? I am the Executive Director of the Montclair Film Festival.

Coffee, tea or … ? Large iced coffee (only iced, all year long— yes, even when it’s cold outside), black, with a couple of Splendas.

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Baristanet Profile: Rocky the Horse

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

Name: Rocky

Where do you live? The corner of Orange Road and Union Street in Montclair.

When did you move there? 2002

Where did you grow up? On a ranch in New Jersey.

How do you make a living? Giving kids riding lessons—it pays the bills.

Coffee, tea or … ? Neither. Colt 45—works every time.

What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday? Sleeping late (standing up), long runs (gotta keep my stallion good looks), dinner at Van Vleck Gardens (they have the best local grass), getting my prance on to some good music, and back to my stable with a nice wool blanket.

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Baristanet Profile: Eugene Stern

BY  |  Friday, Mar 27, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (3)

Eugene Stern

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

Name: Eugene Stern

Where do you live? Bellevue Ave. in Montclair.

When did you move there? 2008

Where did you grow up? Brookline, MA. It’s a town next to Boston that has some urban features and some suburban ones. I liked where I grew up, so no big surprise that I ended up here.

How do you make a living? I’m trained as a mathematician. I started out in academia, then spent the last decade-plus helping design and build financial risk software. My jobs in risk have been a combination of math and modeling, product design, and helping clients. I talk to all kinds of people – programmers, modelers, salespeople, marketers, clients – and I get to do different things every day. Recently I started a blog in which I write about math, education, music, baseball, and anything else that comes to mind.

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Childhood: Memories of Play and Friendship

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

This is our last installment of “Childhood.” Thanks to Arthur Kobin and our readers for sharing their memories.

(Outside of the The Clairidge Theater)

(Outside of the The Clairidge Theater)

“I grew up here in Montclair. We’d always hang out in Anderson Park. That was really fun. We’d play frisbee and walk around the park with all my friends. Some of them are still here, like my friend Cindy! I went there today for a walk with her! She’s my childhood friend, and we’ve known each other our whole lives.”



Baristanet Profile: Nadine Bernard

BY  |  Friday, Mar 20, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Nadine Bernard

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

Name: Nadine Bernard

Where do you live? Edgemont Road in Montclair, NJ

When did you move there? July 2013

Where did you grow up? Ithaca, NY

How do you make a living? I’m a Board Certified Life Coach at Personal Plays Life Coaching, inspiring people to become the hero of their own life stories. I’m also a playwright, actor and acting teacher, and the mother of two lovely boys.

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Seton Hall University Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with Montclair Resident’s “Irish Education 100″ Induction

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Maura Grace HarringtonMontclair resident, Maura Grace Harrington, Ph.D. of Seton Hall University’s College of Arts and Sciences, has been inducted into the “Irish Education 100.” The list, an annual effort by the Irish Voice, honors prominent leaders in American education, especially at the university level, who are of Irish descent.​

Harrington is one of four Seton Hall University faculty that have been inducted. The other honorees are Marta Deyrup, Ph.D., University Libraries; Patrick Hobbs, J.D., LL.M., School of Law; and Christopher O’Brien, Ph.D., LAT, ATC, School of Health and Medical Sciences.

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This is really great, thanks for the article and video. I taught my little ones how to ride a few years ago through the usual lessons of pushing them off and yelling "pedal!" I wish I could go back and try this out! Perhaps I'll check with my wife and see if she wants to go for one more so we can test out your method.

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