Baristanet Profile: Ken Dowell

BY  |  Friday, Dec 19, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Ken Dowel

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

Name: Ken Dowell

Where do you live? Montclair

When did you move there? In 2006 from Jersey City

Where did you grow up? Born in Paterson and grew up in Totowa

How do you make a living? Retired last year from a news release distribution company where I had worked for 35+ years most recently developing new products and building Web and social media audiences.

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Childhood: Remembering Your First Pet

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (3)

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At Accents with Flowers on Church Street.

I saved my money and got myself a dog, a Golden Retriever, in 1979. I got him on Saint Patrick’s Day, so I named him PJ, after Saint Patrick and myself. I was about eleven or twelve. I was entirely responsible for him. I’d walk him and clean up after him and take care of him. We had six kids, so I was on my own.

 

Baristanet Profile: Jo Prussak

BY  |  Friday, Dec 12, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

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

Name: Jo Prussak

Where do you live? Glen Ridge

When did you move there? In 2000 I moved to Montclair, then to GR in 2003.

Where did you grow up? Trinidad, West Indies, Brooklyn and Buffalo, NY.

How do you make a living? I work in the Glen Ridge School District.

Coffee, tea or … ? Definitely Tea.

What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday? Boxing at dFIT early in the morning, bolting to watch my girls’ play soccer, starting the evening with a meal cooked by the hubby with few glasses of wine, and staying up to watch SNL with my girls.

What’s your favorite local restaurant? Orange Squirrel, Ani Ramen, Villalobos, Samba for lunching with the ladies and Momoya Sushi for takeout.

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Baristanet Profile: Ciru Karanja

BY  |  Friday, Dec 05, 2014 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Ciru Karanja

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

Name: Ciru Karanja

Where do you live? Montclair.

When did you move there? With the exception of living abroad (by that I mean life outside the Montclair bubble) for much of the 90s, I have been a Montclairian since 1977.

Where did you grow up? Montclair. Go Blue! This is getting redundant.

How do you make a living? I’m a Job Coach with the MHS Transition Program and a Yoga Instructor.

Coffee, tea or … ? Coffee AND tea.

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Childhood: What Was Your Earliest Memory?

BY  |  Monday, Dec 01, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (8)

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My first memory is not a happy one. It was not a great one because they beat the hell out of me. I was around five years old. My sister beat me. She was something like four years older than me. I was a saucy boy. I dyed her white dress in black. And that was not funny! And I did it on purpose because she pissed me off. I was a brat. I know.

(On the corner of N Fullerton Ave. and Claremont Ave.)

 

 

Childhood: Tell Me About a Teacher Who Changed Your Life

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (15)

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I graduated from Orange High in ’78. There was an English teacher who would not let me skip doing her work. In all my history I never had to go to summer school, but she taught me a lesson and made me go to summer school my senior year, of all years. She taught me the value of work and not trying to skimp on what you’re supposed to be producing, the things that you’re supposed to be delivering. She explained it to me explicitly and said, “I’m going to teach you a lesson. I’m not giving you the grade you think you deserve on this assignment. I think you rushed it. You handed in what you felt was good enough.” She taught me a valuable lesson not to skimp on my work and just get things done. That was pretty significant for me… So, now I have my own business, Next Cleaners here.

(On the corner of N Fullerton Ave. and Claremont Ave.)

Baristanet Profile: Mike Overton

BY  |  Friday, Nov 21, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Mike Overton

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

Name: Mike Overton

Where do you live? Claremont Avenue, Montclair

When did you move there? 2005

Where did you grow up? Washington, DC area

How do you make a living? Stay at Home Dad

Coffee, tea or … ? Espresso

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Childhood: What Were You Afraid of as a Child?

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (17)

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(At the intersection of Bloomfield Ave. and S. Fullerton Ave.)

“Fire. As a child I experienced being taken down a ladder by New York City firefighters when our apartment caught fire. I don’t remember what started the fire, I just remember the fireman telling me that everything was going to be Okay as he carried us down the ladder five stories. That was in the Bronx. I live in Maplewood now.”

 

 

 

Childhood: What Was Your Favorite Book as a Kid?

BY  |  Monday, Nov 10, 2014 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (25)

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On Glenridge Avenue, in front of Montclair Book Center

“I’m a comic book fan. I draw comics and I still read comics. I’m looking for comics in here [Montclair Book Center]. My first Batman book I got was Detective Comics 655 with Batman coming out the wall. It was him versus some pirates. The art was great. It was by Chuck Dixon and Allen Grant was the writer. Chuck Dixon’s work is beautiful,man. I remember buying that with my, uh… I don’t know if it was hard earned or stolen money from my parents [laughing]!  I don’t remember, but I got it at the Mill Creek Mall in Secaucus, and I bought that and Cat Woman #2.  That, I think, was my first book, and I used to look at the artwork.”

Baristanet Profile: Mahir Abdul-Hakim

BY  |  Friday, Nov 07, 2014 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Mahir's Unisex Barbershop

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

Name: Mahir Abdul-Hakim

Where do you live? Montclair

When did you move there? I’ve lived here all my life, some 48 years.

Where did you grow up? On Orange Road.

How do you make a living? Master Barber at my shop Mahir’s Unisex Barbershop

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I will really miss their store. It was always so easy and fun to find a fun gift there. Walking into their store made me feel like I was transported into a faraway happy place!

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