Baristanet Profile: Aimee Brooks

BY  |  Friday, Sep 23, 2016 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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  |  COMMENTS (0)

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 http://thnjsongbird.wixsite.com/tracyherrick 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

Baristanet Profile: John Levai

BY  |  Friday, Aug 26, 2016 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

John Levai

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

Name: John Levai

Where do you live? Upper Montclair

Where did you grow up? Upper Montclair.

When did you move here? I have been living in and representing Montclair, the 973, for basically my entire life! I graduated from Montclair High so I am was and still am a true Mountie forever!

How do you make a living? I am a data entry clerk at Hudson Community Enterprises’s Metro Scanning in Newark. Very soon, I am going to do my graduate studies in the education field.

Coffee, tea or … ? No coffee but sometimes tea.
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Baristanet Profile: Erin Sircy

BY  |  Friday, Aug 19, 2016 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Erin Sircy

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

Name: Erin Sircy

Where do you live? Montclair, not too far from the Walnut Street area.

When did you move there? 2014 from Ft Greene, Brooklyn. I know, unusual path.

Where did you grow up? Originally from Nashville, but mostly grew up in Dallas.

How do you make a living? I’m a many-hat-wearing administrator in the Department of Art and Art Professions at NYU.

Coffee, tea or … ? Coffee followed by iced tea. Even when its frigid outside I still need my iced tea. Don’t get my mom’s peach tea often enough but I make do with Think’s black iced tea–it’s legit.
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Baristanet Profile: Kaelyn Siversky

BY  |  Friday, Aug 12, 2016 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Kaelyn Siversky

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

Name: Kaelyn Siversky

Where do you live? Valley Road, right by Tierney’s Tavern.

When did you move there? Born and raised in Montclair! I left for a few years for school and travel and moved back in 2013.

How do you make a living? I am currently an assistant manager at South Moon Under, come visit me!!

Coffee, tea or … ? COFFEE = LIFE, black or whole milk.

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Baristanet Profile: Barry Hartsfield

BY  |  Friday, Aug 05, 2016 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Barry Hartsfield

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

Name: Barry Hartsfield

Where do you live? Montclair

When did you move there? I grew up here, 3rd generation.

How do you make a living? Account Executive at a software company. It’s a platform that allows companies to control and manage their expenses.

Coffee, tea or … ? Definitely coffee and  light and sweet.
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Baristanet Profile: Alexis Romay

BY  |  Friday, Jul 15, 2016 10:30am

alexis romay

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

Name: Alexis Romay

Where do you live? I live in Montclair with my wife and son; my avatar lives on Twitter, all by himself.

When did you move there? I moved from Manhattan thirteen years ago. I haven’t missed NYC or my native Havana since. Continue Reading

Baristanet Profile: Barbara Castiglia

BY  |  Saturday, Jul 02, 2016 10:00am

Barbara Castiglia

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

Name: Barbara (Jarvie) Castiglia

Where do you live? Bloomfield

When did you move there? Late 2008.

Where did you grow up? I grew up on Long Island in the incorporated village of Massapequa Park.

How do you make a living? I am Content Director for  Modern Restaurant Management, a new website that strives to be the go-to resource for on-the-go restaurant industry professionals. It was designed by the amazing team at Lform Design of Verona. I’ve been a “utility player” journalist for more than 25 years and this job enables me to use all the skills culled from those varied positions as well as trade food puns with Chef Todd English (or the person who handles his Twitter!)  It’s as close to my dream job as I’ll ever get. I also have a number of paid and volunteer freelance gigs.
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Baristanet Profile: Lane Gardner

BY  |  Friday, Jun 24, 2016 3:00pm

Lane Gardner

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

Name: Lane Gardner

Where do you live? Montclair

When did you move there? 2004

Where did you grow up? All over the United States! I’m a military brat.

How do you make a living? I’m an Arts Program and Curriculum developer and teacher of the Arts in several local special needs schools. I’m most passionate about using the arts as an avenue for human development and social change from the inside out. I teach workshops centered around helping others cultivate and share their creative voice to foster human connection and community. I also teach private piano and voice lessons in my home studio.

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School of Rock Montclair Faculty Member Moe Watson Featured in Decibel Magazine

BY  |  Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016 10:47am

School of Rock Montclair

Maurice “Moe” Watson, a drum instructor at School of Rock Montclair, is the subject of an artist interview by Decibel Magazine, the “world’s foremost heavy metal authority”. Watson’s work as the drummer for Shai Hulud, which Decibel describes as being “one of the most innovative and unique bands in the hardcore scene”, is the focus of the story.

“I was totally taken aback to be featured in Decibel!” says Watson, who has performed with Shai Hulud in concerts across America, Europe, Canada, and Japan. “Many of the bands and musicians that I’m inspired by are discussed in the magazine, so for me to be considered on the same level with them all is an amazing honor.”

Watson had been a busy session and touring drummer when he joined the faculty at School of Rock Montclair in 2011: he had shared stages with such diverse artists as Ludacris, mewithoutyou, Trey Songz, Suicide Silence, Fabolous, All Shall Perish, Keri Hilson, Ray-J, Pat Benatar, John Ginty, and many more. He joined up with Shai Hulud in 2015, and has done three tours with them since then.

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