Montclair Author Jenny Milchman Writes Third Book

BY  |  Monday, Jun 29, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

jenny-milchman-webMontclair author Jenny Milchman‘s third book, Night Falls, might sound a little familiar. A physiological thriller, the story takes place during one night when a snowstorm shuts down a family’s Adirondack home, leaving them stranded – until two escaped prisoners show up.

“I am aware of the crazy convergence with the real life story playing out upstate,” Milchman, a 1987 graduate of Montclair High, told Baristanet.

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Baristanet Profile: Janette Afsharian

BY  |  Friday, Jun 26, 2015 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Janette Afsharian

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

Name: Janette Afsharian

Where do you live? Upper Montclair near the Iris gardens.

When did you move there? September 2006

Where did you grow up? Iran until I was 7, then Texas.

How do you make a living? After college I was hired to be a stockbroker in Austin, Texas. Within a month I had to break it to my dad that I wanted to do something in the “arts” instead. He was not happy – at all.  I moved to New York and started working for WNET as a graphic designer. Twenty years later, I’m still making a living as a graphic designer.

Coffee, tea or … ?  Black coffee with dark chocolate on the side.

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Montclair High Graduate Returns Home to Make First Short Film

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 25, 2015 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair High School Graduate Returns Home to Make First Short FilmAfter 4 years the highly-selective Dramatic Writing program in NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Montclair High School alumni Emerson Gordon comes home to produce his first independent film.

Emerson, known for his stage work from Nishuane, to Hillside, to Glenfield, finally culminating as Audrey II in Montclair High School’s rendition of Little Shop of Horrors, used the performing arts offered by Montclair’s education system as a gateway for his true passion: writing and producing films. As a senior at NYU, Emerson has worked on a couple of his peers’ short films, before finally deciding to take the plunge himself on a short that he wrote, and considered to be very near and dear to his heart.

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Baristanet Profile: Jen Gannett

BY  |  Friday, Jun 19, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (3)

 

Jen Gannett

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

Name: Jen Gannett

Where do you live? Lovely, lively Montclair

When did you move there? Six years ago.

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Western Massachusetts in the loving bosom of the Five College area. People seem unsurprised by this.

How do you make a living? I am fortunate to advocate for animals working with a dog rescue called For the Love of Dogs Rescue. I also advocate for clean water and our environment working with Hackensack Riverkeeper. Additionally, I am a faculty member at Main Street Vegan Academy.

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Gray Russell of Montclair Named Sustainability Hero

BY  |  Monday, Jun 08, 2015 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

gray russellSustainable Jersey has named Gray Russell as the organization’s June 2015 “Sustainability Hero.” Russel has served as Montclair’s Sustainability Officer for the past 14 years. Each month a “hero” is recognized for their extraordinary work on behalf of the environment.

Gray is changing the world around him in important ways and on a grand scale. He is such an unassuming person that there is a lot that might surprise one about Gray’s accomplishments in his 25-year career as an environmental professional. But to those people who know and work with him, he is definitely the resident expert and a man of action for all things sustainable. Montclair is a “town of firsts” for sustainability initiatives, thanks to his vision.

Read Sustainable Jersey’s full write-up on why Gray was recognized here

 

Baristanet Profile: Fred Parvaneh

BY  |  Friday, Jun 05, 2015 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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

Name: Fred Parvaneh

Where do you live? Until a week ago I lived at 86 Gates Ave Montclair for 2.5 years. But moved back to my old residence in Mendham, NJ.

When did you move there? See above.

Where did you grow up? I was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. Attended an International School and upon graduating from high school came to the USA and went to Bucknell University. The last time I was in Iran was the summer of my college freshman year in 1976. I subsequently became a USA Citizen and have lived in Boston, Los Angeles, New York City, Maplewood, Basking Ridge, Gladstone, Livingston, Montclair and Mendham.

How do you make a living? I studied Civil and Structural Engineering in college but Life took me on a different professional path. I have been in the Mortgage business since 1987.

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Montclair High Alum Co-Creates and Stars in New Off Broadway Play

BY  |  Friday, May 29, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Tommy CrawfordMontclair is known as a place that draws an artistic crowd, but it’s also nurtured quite a few artists who grew up here.

Tommy Crawford is one example. A 2005 graduate of Montclair High, where he was the president of the School of Visual and Performing Arts, Crawford is making a name for himself in the New York theatre scene.

After graduating in theatre studies at Yale in 2009, where he was the recipient of the Metcalfe Prize for his work on his senior project an essay, Crawford went on to become a member of the resident acting ensemble, The Bats, at the off-off Broadway Flea Theater. He’s also performed in productions and workshops with The Ensemble Studio Theater/Youngblood, NY Fringe, Ars Nova, New York Theatre Workshop, The Lark and others.

But his biggest project to date happens on June 23 when the first play he co-created and directed the music for opens Off Broadway. Sea Wife is a concert play, which is, as the phrase implies, a mixture of a concert and a play, in which actors are also band members who play music on stage.

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Baristanet Profile: Jen Lange

BY  |  Friday, May 29, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Jen Lange

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

Name: Jen Lange

Where do you live? Bloomfield, NJ with my husband, two daughters and our cat, Tesla.

When did you move there? May 2005

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Silver Spring, MD, which is in the suburbs, right outside Washington, DC. That is what attracted us to the Montclair area.

How do you make a living? I am the art director for Networked Politics and Cool Dame. We create logos and other brand work, and build websites for local businesses – doctors and therapists, software and insurance companies, food purveyors and farmers markets, and so on. It’s very interesting to learn about their businesses and make a significant contribution to their marketing and growth. Some afternoons and weekends I also spend teaching hands-on STEM enrichment classes and camp at L3 Academy. Aspiring engineers and computer programmers build and program robots. Young scientists get a bang out of class as they use the scientific method to ignite, explode and pop their experiments.

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Montclair Resident A Winner in the Essex County Legacies Writing Contest

BY  |  Thursday, May 28, 2015 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Robin Ehrlichman Woods Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and the Essex County Division of Senior Services recognized the writing talents of eight Essex County residents during the Annual Essex County Senior Legacies Writing Contest Celebration Luncheon at Il Tulipano in Cedar Grove, on Wednesday, May 27. The Legacies Writing Contest encourages Essex senior citizens to write essays about the people and events that have influenced their lives.

Robin Ehrlichman Woods from Montclair won for her essay titled, “I’m (Finally!) Ready for my Close Up.” Woods is an Executive Producer and talk show host on Montclair’s TV34.

Along with Woods, the Grand Prize winners were “Freddie’s” by East Orange resident Carol T. Jenkins, “A DY in North Carolina” by Caldwell resident Robert S. Kaplan, and “How I Met Your Father” by Nutley resident Eleanor Slomkowski. The winning essays were assigned to students to read aloud at Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts, East Orange.

l-r: Jaklyn DeVore, Director Essex County Division of Senior Services; Robin Woods; Gloria Williams-Benoit, Division Senior Services; Adissa Simpore student at Cicely Tyson School of Performing Arts East Orange.

l-r: Jaklyn DeVore, Director Essex County Division of Senior Services; Robin Woods; Gloria Williams-Benoit, Division Senior Services; Adissa Simpore student at Cicely Tyson School of Performing Arts East Orange.

Stories receiving honorable mention awards were “Lillie Street Mystery” by Orange resident Clarence Boseman, “Hello, Good-bye” by Cedar Grove resident Peggy LaVake, “The Second Basement” by Cedar Grove resident Rosalie Paddock and “Passover Seder” by Nutley resident Francine Rosman.

“Our Senior Citizen Legacies Writing Contest is a unique way for our older population to share their life’s stories and describe the people and events that helped to shape their lives,” DiVincenzo said. “Our seniors’ stories make you laugh and they touch your heart. They provide us with a different perspective on historical events and what our society was like,” he added.

Woods’ essay certainly does makes you laugh and touches your heart. Read it below:

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Montclair Filmmakers’ Doc on the Journey of a Violin from Holocaust Survivor to Girl in the Bronx

BY  |  Thursday, May 28, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Joe's Violin

Montclair filmmakers Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen are telling the story of the unlikely journey of a violin – from a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor from Poland to a 12-year-old school girl in the Bronx — in a short documentary titled Joe’s Violin.

After hearing a 15 second promo on her car radio for WQXR’s instrument drive which mentioned Joseph Feingold, a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor donated his violin, Kahane was inspired to make the story a film.

“By the time I parked my car 10 minutes later, I already imagined how the story could play out – two vastly different people connected by one violin – a violin that likely had a deep history and would live on in the hands of another person – it was an inherently moving concept to me and I was immediately compelled to explore it. I just had to follow that violin,” Kahane explained.

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