Baristanet Profile: Nicky Mesiah

BY  |  Friday, Feb 05, 2016 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (5)

Nicky Mesiah

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

Name: Nicolette (Nicky) Mesiah

Where do you live? In the hip, chic Montclair ‘Center’

When did you move there? 30 years ago

Where did you grow up? Buffalo, NY

How do you make a living? Creating/selling only delicious ‘Healthy cookies & Toffee

Coffee, tea or … ? MishMish coffee w/steamed cream please….

What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday? Listening & dancing to Felix Hernandez on WBGO-88.3FM from 10-2 pm.

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Montclair Resident Honored for Giving the Gift of Life

BY  |  Friday, Jan 29, 2016 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Dan Sarnowski and Ali Niles pose at the rose dedication ceremony for Betsy Niles.

Dan Sarnowski and Ali Niles pose at the rose dedication ceremony for Betsy Niles.

The family of Betsy Niles, a Montclair mother who died after being struck by a van in March 2011, honored her at the Donate Life Rose Parade Float on New Year’s Day. A “floragraph” of Betsy, whose kidney saved the life of Valentine Samuels, 53, of Newark, was created with seeds, flowers and other natural materials and displayed on the 2016 float. Betsy was among 60 organ and tissue donors honored with “floragraphs.” Twenty-four organ recipients rode on the float and 12 living donors will walk alongside the float.

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Baristanet Profile: William Hobbie

BY  |  Friday, Jan 29, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

William Hobbie

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

Name: William Hobbie

Where do you live? My family and I live on North East Corner of North Mountain Ave and Watchung Ave… the house that has been a work in progress the last 15 years.

When did you move there? I first moved to Montclair 25 years ago but my family moved to our current residence 20 years ago.

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Bernardsville NJ a small sleepy town in Somerset County

How do you make a living? I have been a stay at home dad for the last 15 years during which time I started Constructive Consulting LLC which offers advice to homeowners who are doing renovations on their homes.

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R.I.P. Peter Wolf

BY  |  Monday, Jan 25, 2016 10:05am  |  COMMENTS (4)

peter wolfBaristanet is very sad to report that Peter Wolf has passed away. Peter was a friend of Baristanet, and judging by the messages on his Facebook page, a friend to all in this community. Peter’s obituary gives just a glimpse into the life of a man full of life, love, and kindness to his community:

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Baristanet Profile: Amy Tingle

BY  |  Friday, Jan 22, 2016 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Amy Tingle

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

Name: Amy Tingle

Where do you live? Nutley, NJ

When did you move there? I moved to Nutley in 1996 after living in an apartment in Bloomfield for a few years. My ex-husband grew up in Nutley and didn’t necessarily want to live there again, but I convinced him to look at one house and, of course, we bought it.

Where did you grow up? Fair Haven, NJ. Twenty-three years in northern New Jersey and I still miss riding my bicycle to the beach.

How do you make a living? I am an artist. And my partner, Maya Stein, and I own a small business called The Creativity Caravan. We teach people how to find and nourish their own creative spark.

Coffee, tea or … ? Coffee with evaporated milk and sugar first thing in the morning before anyone else wakes up. Chai tea in the afternoon. A shot of bourbon in the evening.

What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday? A “lie-in” as my friend Ruth would say — sleeping later than I do during the week, then maybe reading a good book while drinking an extra cup of coffee in bed. A pile of bacon with my boys. A bicycle ride or long walk. A trip to a gallery to see some new art (it’s been great to have Basemeant WRX in Montclair this year!). If I could hear live music, huge bonus. Finding a good spot to watch the sun set. Dinner and drinks with friends. A sky full of stars.

What’s your favorite local restaurant? Montclair Bread Company for donuts. Red Eye Cafe for coffee. The Corner for brunch. Egan & Sons for cocktails. MishMish for dinner. Oooh. Now I’m craving their smoked eggplant dip….Yummmm.

What’s on your nightstand? A tiny painting of me as a DJ by my friend and artist, Kelly Barton, Rescue Sleep Remedy, a heart-shaped rock, a box of snapshots and letters, and you’re probably not going to believe it but 6 books: The Conscious Parent by Shefali Tsabary, The Best American Short Stories 2014, Flow Magazine Issue No.11, Two Serious Ladies by June Bowles, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, and The Zen of Seeing: Drawing as Meditation by Frederick Franck. I have a bizarre addiction to reading a lot of different styles of writing and materials all at the same time. I like variety.

What are you listening to? Anything and everything – I LOVE discovering new music. But on heavy rotation on my iPod are always Jonatha Brooke, Nahko Bear and Medicine for the People, Brandi Carlile, and currently David Bowie.

What are your current addictions? Kentucky Mules (bourbon and ginger beer), making tiny books and tiny suitcases out of matchbooks, painting with only the color blue

Talent you would most like to have. Playing the piano and the banjo or cooking like a 3-star Michelin chef.

What’s the worst-kept secret about Montclair? Montclair Bread Company. I can’t wait until the new storefront is done so I don’t have to wait in line so long for my donuts.

What do you hope they say about you at your funeral? I hope they don’t wait until my funeral. If I knew I was going to die, I would throw my own where we’d all play instruments and tell great stories and laugh until our bellies hurt. I’d get to say thank you and I love you a lot. We’d stand in a circle and sing my chosen “death” song (the one that when they hear it after I die they’ll think of me) which is Old Man Luedecke’s “I’m Fine.”

 

Happy Birthday Buzz

BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 20, 2016 8:13am  |  COMMENTS (1)

On this day in 1930, Buzz Aldrin was born at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair. Today, the second person to walk on the Moon, is 86 years young! Aldrin tweeted this photo of himself yesterday:

Buzz was back in town last October to visit Mt. Hebron Middle School after the board voted to remame the school after him.

 

 

Baristanet Profile: Nicola Bocour

BY  |  Friday, Jan 15, 2016 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Nicola Bocour

 

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

Name: Nicola Bocour

Where do you live? Montclair, New Jersey

When did you move there? I grew up in Montclair, and moved back to town in 2009.

Where did you grow up? My family moved to Montclair in 1990, from New York City. I feel very strong ties to both places, but Montclair is my hometown.

How do you make a living? I work on the issue of gun violence prevention. I’ve been an advocate of sensible gun laws for a long time and now I am fortunate to be able to use that passion professionally.

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Baristanet Profile: Kwame Williams

BY  |  Friday, Jan 08, 2016 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Kwame Williams

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

Name: Kwame Williams

Where do you live? Montclair

When did you move there? Just under two years ago.

Where did you grow up? South Orange, NJ.

How do you make a living? I’m a executive chef and co-owner of Vital Dining in Montclair.

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Baristanet Profile: R. Nichols Hanzlik

BY  |  Friday, Dec 18, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Nick Hanzlik

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

Name: R. Nichols Hanzlik (nickname: Nick)

Where do you live? Montclair

When did you move there? 20 months ago (May 2014) – from LA

Where did you grow up? Arlington, VA – bucolic childhood roaming the woods with my pack of neighborhood friends (and building forts).

How do you make a living? In a nutshell: cutting and pasting paper collages for R. Nichols.  Outside the nutshell:  I left a mega-stressful job with a big retail company 20 years ago, hunkered down in my parent’s basement with scissors, paper and glue where I created a tiny line of note cards.  I peddled said note cards to some local shops, soon found my goods on the shelves of Barneys New York and Neiman Marcus – and 20 years later here I am still cutting and pasting (the line has expanded to include much more than note cards…as one would hope…).  I currently have 2 Popup shops in NYC – one in Grand Central (Holiday Fair) and a more permanent location in Chelsea Market (Artists and Fleas).  Retail is in my blood.

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Blog: Putting Aside Our Petty Differences

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 10, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Evan Cutler & Warren Zanes. (Photo credit:  Lucian Zanes)

Evan Cutler & Warren Zanes. (Photo credit: Lucian Zanes)

On Friday night at the Montclair Public Library, Evan Cutler will be interviewing Warren Zanes (both Montclair residents) about his new book “Petty: The Biography.” The Q&A will be followed by a set of live music with Warren and his band. The event is free to all Montclair residents. Reserve tickets online here. This blog post is written by Cutler:

Friends told us we’d love Montclair because it was a special place— bustling with writers, musicians, scholars, and people who worked in film and television. When our family moved to town back in 2004, one of the first people I met was a guy named Warren Zanes. And he happened to be a writer. And a musician. And a scholar. And yes—he worked in both film and TV.

We became fast friends. I had known of him from his days in the Del Fuegos –a Boston-based rock band he played in with his brother Dan back in the 80s. His family had just moved here from Cleveland, where he had been working as Vice President of Education at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As our friendship blossomed, I got to know another side of Warren—one I could not get my head around. And that was his obsession with Tom Petty.

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