Baristanet Profile: April Hussar

BY  |  Friday, Jan 30, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

April Hussar

April and her daughter

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

Name: April Hussar

Where do you live? Verona

When did you move there? In 2004, just before our daughter turned one. We were scared of the Montclair taxes and in love with the Verona town pool!

Where did you grow up? Petaluma, California — also known as the “Egg Capital of the World,” and birthplace of the World Wrist-Wrestling Championships. Sorry to make you all jealous.

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Childhood: Food Memories

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

(Inside Chocolate Works on Park St.)

(Inside Chocolate Works on South Park Street)

“I hated peas. I couldn’t do it, but I loved Brussels sprouts! It didn’t make sense. I also loved Hawaiian Punch. I would overload on it. That and mini Entenmann’s blueberry muffins.”

Baristanet: What was your favorite family prepared food?

“My mom is Hispanic, so she would make traditional rice and beans with potatoes, and that was my all time favorite.”



Childhood: The Best Thing About Being a Kid?

BY  |  Friday, Jan 16, 2015 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)


(Inside Manny’s Diner on Church St.)

“My favorite thing about being a kid was not having all the responsibilities that come with being an adult. In the spring I used to love playing kickball out on the street with my brother, sister, and friends. When you get older, you don’t really get to do that kind of stuff anymore.”



Baristanet Profile: Kim Amirata

BY  |  Friday, Jan 16, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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

Name: Kim Amirata

Where do you live? Upper Mountain Avenue in Montclair

When did you move there? Moved 6 months ago from Cooper Avenue (in Montclair) where I lived for 12+ years. Moved to town in September 2001.

Where did you grow up? Grew up in Montville, NJ. which is 15 miles northwest of Montclair. When people ask where I grew up they often get Montville confused with Montvale in Bergen County.

How do you make a living? I am a Speech Pathologist and I provide early intervention services to babies (birth to 3 ) & support to their families. These children are either born w/ an established condition or have been deemed eligible for services by an evaluation team. The main focus of early intervention is to lessen the effects of a child’s delays & help the family develop strategies to enhance development. The services often take place in the home. It is quite rewarding to work closely w/ families/team of providers & watch the babies grow & progress.

Coffee, tea or … ? Coffee for sure! Love a good latte.

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Montclairions in The News

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

Three Montclairions have made headlines this week. Here’s a shout out:

stephen colbert

Yesterday, CBS announced that Stephen Colbert, who said goodbye to “The Colbert Report,” after 9 years, will debut as the host of “Late Show” on Tuesday, September 8.

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Baristanet Profile: Chris Napierala

BY  |  Friday, Jan 09, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

Chris Napierala

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

Name: Chris Napierala

Where do you live? Grove Street, Montclair.

When did you move there? Moved from Jackson Heights, Queens, in July 2008.

Where did you grow up? Buffalo, NY. The City of No Illusion, so goes the unofficial moniker. Basically, WYSIWYG. The unvarnished truth. Proud son of a steelworker and a home health aide.

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Childhood: Winter Memories

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (6)

Winter Memories

(At the bus stop outside of the YMCA on Park Street)


“As a kid in the winter? Hmm… My father loved it. When he was alive… I remember the fireplace burning in the house. We’d drink hot chocolate and hot whiskey. It was great. I grew up in this town of Montclair. My family’s been in this town since 1868, when it was Cranetown. My great-great-grandfather was a stagecoach driver, and his route was from Caldwell to Penn Station. I have a history here, you know? I grew up on Lincoln Street, near the Glen Ridge border.”



Coffee With…the Curator: Alexandra Schwartz of MAM

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 08, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Alexandra SchwartzBeginning on February 8, Montclair Art Museum (MAM) will present Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s, the first major museum survey to examine the art of the ’90s in its historical context. The exhibition was curated by Alexandra Schwartz and showcases approximately 65 works by 45 artists born or practicing in the United States and will comprise installations, paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photography, video, and digital art. The artists in the exhibition came of age during the 90s and reflect the diverse nature of the art world during this time, as artists of color, women artists, and LGBT artists attained increased prominence.

Alexandra Schwartz was born and raised in Washington D.C. and currently lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She received a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She joined MAM in 2010 as its first curator of contemporary art. Previously she was on the curatorial staff of the Museum of Modern Art. She is a writer, editor and has taught at Columbia University, the University of Michigan, Montclair State University, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and MoMA.

Baristanet met with Schwartz to discuss the upcoming exhibit, her personal influences and learn a bit more about MAM’s curator of contemporary art:

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Baristanet Profile: Alexa Sahadi

BY  |  Friday, Jan 02, 2015 12:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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

Name: Alexa Sahadi (Knapp)

Where do you live? The lovely town of Bloomfield.

When did you move there? 10 years ago from the quaint village of Astoria, Queens.

Where did you grow up? Sweet, sweet Ohio – Sylvania, Ohio.

How do you make a living? Doing what I love, Art & Design specifically Brand Development & Product Design…and kids Smart Art classes.

Coffee, tea or … ? Latte please.

What’s your idea of a perfect Saturday? Coffee, happy kids, exercise, good music in the background and going out with friends.

What’s your favorite local restaurant? Too many favorites, so little time: Bloomfield — The Orange Squirrel and El Toro, Montclair — Yalo & Me and Plum on Park, and in Nutley — Thai Essence.

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Childhood: New Year’s Eve Traditions

BY  |  Wednesday, Dec 31, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

new year's eve traditions

(In front of Red Mango on Church St.)

“When my mother and father were living, we’d all open presents and sit down at the table together and eat.”

Baristanet: You opened presents on New Years?

“Yes we did. My mother, father, grandparents, and sister. It was beautiful when they were alive, but now they’re no longer with me. We stayed up late, my parents had Champagne, and kids had ginger ale. I think it was a lovely thing that they did, you know. It was beautiful then.”



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The less than four inches outside my house this morning would suggest those 16' models were about as accurate as Kate Moss forecasting this "crippling and historic" storm.

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