A Hunt for The Secret Lounge in Montclair

BY  |  Thursday, Jun 05, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (2)

secretWe arrive at 49 Claremont Ave., address of The Secret Lounge. But it is a CVS. We enter the store and find a cashier who directs us to go around to the back of the building. There, she says, we will find a door.

“What,” she asks, “IS that place?” Continue Reading

Montclair-Based Hello Products Win Major Design Award, Are Featured In Parisian Temple Of Cool

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 3:11pm

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Craig Dubitsky, CEO and founder of Hello Products

How many Montclair-based companies are featured in Colette, the Parisian hip shop that sells everything from clothing and cosmetics to books and home décor? Just one: Hello Products.

Craig Dubitsky, the admittedly design-obsessed founder and CEO of the natural oral care product line, is pleased with his latest victory. “Colette is one of the coolest, if not THE coolest, stores in the world.”

Hello’s products–primarily toothpaste, mouthwash, and breath spray–are organically curved to fit naturally into the palm of your hand, feature minimal packaging, and come in unique flavors like Pink Grapefruit Mint, Sweet Cinnamint, Supermint, and Mojito Mint. (The refreshing lime-mint concoction is my favorite.) Continue Reading

Montclair Resident to Travel to Romania to Help Build a Home; Interested?

BY  |  Monday, Jan 20, 2014 1:00pm

Looking for an international adventure where you will help a family, meet new people, peek into another culture and mix cement, dig a foundation or cover walls with Sheetrock?

Montclair resident Sally Fillmore is recruiting volunteers (16 years and older) to help build a home for a family in Radauti, Romania from March 28-April 7, 2014 as a part of Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village program.

“We don’t have the name of the family and won’t know who the family is until a couple a weeks before the trip (the organization is working on several houses.)  We’re going to be an early team as the weather gets warmer,” says the Habitat co-leader, mother of three grown kids, violin teacher, former Peace Corps volunteer, Federal Reserve Bank of New York economist and financial services executive.

Volunteers will travel to Bucharest where they will stay in a hotel for one night and then take the six hour train ride to Radauti where they will work with the family and a construction supervisor on various projects. During their down time,  team members will visit the local cultural hot spots. Continue Reading

Show Your Jersey Love

BY  |  Friday, Jan 25, 2013 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (16)

Jersey LoveA group called Social Media Moms is holding its inaugural retreat this June in Atlantic City. On its website, the group–a collection of tweeting, blogging, social media-utilizing moms–says it chose Atlantic City “to help NJ restore its revenue by showing the world that Sandy may have damaged it, but it is still alive and kicking.”

Today the group is celebrating New Jersey on Twitter with the hashtag #jerseylove. New Jerseyans past and present are taking to Twitter to proclaim their love for all things New Jersey, such as the shore, the pick-your-own farms and the blueberry wine (who knew? I didn’t).

As a five-year resident of New Jersey, I still have not seen much of the state, including the famous shore. But I have found much here to love: the beautiful old towns like Montclair and Maplewood, the fresh corn and tomatoes in summer (and our own lovely farmers’ market), the great parks and recreation areas, the beautiful rolling hills of Hunterdon County, the many interesting characters that populate this state. There is still much more for me to see and learn about Jersey.

How long have you been in New Jersey, and what do you love about it?


A Historic Walk Through Montclair’s Anderson Park

BY  |  Monday, Oct 22, 2012 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Photo courtesy of Lisanne Renner

Whenever I need my fix of nature and tranquility I know Anderson Park’s trees, plants, flowers and fields are there for me.   Last Thursday evening, Lisanne Renner, historian and program director for The Friends of Anderson Park, a non-profit conservancy that partners with the Essex County Park System to maintain and beautify the space, shared the park’s history and features that make it so special.  The talk was the last in a series of lectures presented by the Friends of Bellevue Avenue Library (more presentations to come in February/March 2013.)

In 1903, Charles Anderson, Montclair resident, insurance executive (he sold life insurance policies to three Standard Oil presidents), commuter, local real estate developer/owner who is credited with bringing the Tudor style design to Upper Montclair where he constructed several buildings and philanthropist, and his wife Annie deeded approximately 15 acres of land to Essex County (no one is sure why he wouldn’t donate the land to Montclair, which formed its own park system around 1906.)  After some hesitance due to the cost of creating and maintaining the park, the County accepted the land, and it became part of the Essex County Park Commission system, the nation’s first county-wide park system. Continue Reading

Tell BID How You Feel

BY  |  Friday, Feb 24, 2012 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

The Montclair Center Business Improvement District, along with some help from Essex County, was out in Montclair Center Wednesday morning, removing the Winter Snowflake Skyline down from over Bloomfield Avenue. We always love the seasonal display put up by BID, though the snowflakes seemed a bit lonely this year without much real snowfall to go with it.

Snowflakes safely stored until next year, BID is now asking for your thoughts on Montclair Center. The organization has set up an online survey seeking input from Montclair Center customers and stakeholders.

BID is trying to get a comprehensive look at how different constituents view Montclair Center and solicit suggestions to make it better. The survey takes about ten minutes, and those who complete it can enter a drawing for a $100 gift certificate for Montclair Center. To begin the survey, click here.

Montclair Mounties Cruise to 51-7 Win Over Bloomfield Bengals

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 23, 2011 6:31pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

Update 8:22 And it’s over, with a 51-7 win for Montclair!

Update 7:51 Mounties score another one at the beginning of the 4th: now leading Bengals 51-7.

Update 7:17: Going into halftime, the Mounties are dominating the game, leading Bengals 44-7.

Update: Bengals intercepted the ball 7:27 into the 2nd quarter and scored. The score now Mounties 28, Bengals 7.

Doreen Sarcone is at Foley Field sending pictures and news from the big Montclair v. Bloomfield game. The undefeated Montclair team, which scored almost immediately, now leads 21 to 0 with just a few minutes left in the first quarter.

The weather cooperated for the 6 p.m. kickoff. Teams are playing for the Investors Bank Cup and the MVP from each team will get a $500 scholarship.

The Thanksgiving rivalry, which usually takes place on the morning of Thanksgiving Day, has gone on for 80 years. All photos by Doreen Sarcone, reporting live from Foley Field.


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This is such a great story. Really a great example of "community". Kudos to Andrew and Beth for getting this going. It takes courage, commitment, and love!

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