Montclair Police Looking For Suspect in Attempted Carjacking at Fullerton Deck

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 3:56pm  |  COMMENTS (8)


A mother and her young daughter were the victims of an attempted carjacking/robbery yesterday, just after 6 p.m., at the North Fullerton Parking Deck., on a report of an attempted carjacking/robbery. Continue Reading

The Arc of Essex County Hosted Annual Home Assistance Program Holiday Party

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The Arc of Essex County

The Arc of Essex County, an organization dedicated to helping children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, hosted the 25th annual Home Assistance Program holiday party at the Knights of Columbus in Livingston on Wednesday, December 10. Nineteen Essex County families are a part of The Arc of Essex County’s HAP program, which provides services to families whose child and/or parent has an intellectual or developmental disability and are considered to be low income.

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Baristanet Guide to Gifting Local: Week Five

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Baristanet Guide to Gifting Local

Continuing on with more local items on locals’ holiday wish lists, here is our Baristanet Guide to Gifting Local: Week Five.

We hope these gift ideas inspire you!

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Montclair Crime: Arrests, Rocks Thrown Through Car Windows, Stolen Packages

BY  |  Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Crime: String Of Burglaries, One Seen by Homeowner on Remote SurveillanceThe week in Montclair Crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:


On 12/10/2014 at 0217Hrs, dispatch received a call from the alarm company notifying them of a panic alarm at “Cars Restaurant” 150 Valley Road. An employee from Cars then dialed 911 and advised our dispatch that they had just been the victims of a robbery at gunpoint. There were three employees and one customer inside the store at the time of the robbery. The suspect is described as a black male, 6’2, approx 40yoa black coat, dark pants, and ski-mask covering his face. The suspect walked into the store wearing the ski mask and demanded that the employee open the register. The employee replied that they were unable to open the register at that time. The suspect then reached into his waistband and exposed the grip of a silver handgun. The suspect then took $107 in cash from the male customer in the store (19yoa from Montclair). The actor then fled on foot. There were no injuries as a result of this incident. Later that date, Montclair Detectives identified this robbery suspect as Mr. Dennis Royal (49yoa from Newark). Mr. Royal was charged with Robbery and Weapon Possession charges. On 12-13-2014, the State Police encountered Mr. Royal in the city of Irvington. He was discovered to have these open warrants out of Montclair and subsequently arrested. A handgun was found in his possession at the time of arrest.

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Bloomfield Council Meeting: Honors Football Team, Six Points intersection, And More (Updated)

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The Bloomfield Mayor and Council issued a proclamation honoring the members and coaches of the Bloomfield 7th Grade Junior Bengals B Squad at Monday’s council meeting.

The team and coaches were recognized for their achievement in advancing to the Super Bowl of the New Jersey Suburban Youth Football League after beating Chatham 19-18 in a playoff game.

The Mayor and Council also recognized the United Way of Bloomfield for over 55 years of service and urged community support for the organization.

The Council met in back-to-back meetings on Monday night. A conference meeting was held at 6 p.m. in the 2nd floor conference room in the Law Enforcement Building, followed by the regular meeting held in Council Chambers at 7:30.

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Montclair Fire Dept. Battle Blaze on Forest Street

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 5:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

fire forestNo one was injured tonight, but residents were displaced when a one-alarm fire broke out at 146 Forest Street around 4:30 p.m., with heavy fire on the second and third floors of the multi-family dwelling. Continue Reading

Happy Hanukkah

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


To those celebrating, Baristanet wishes you a joyous Hanukkah!

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Letter to the Editor: Reappoint Martin Schwartz to the Montclair Planning Board

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (9)

letter to the editorTo the Editors of Baristanet:

We understand that Martin Schwartz is up for renewal on the Planning Board in January and we ask all of our fellow citizens to join us in urging members of the Montclair Town Council to vote to reappoint him.

We view one of Mr. Schwartz’s most important contributions to the Planning Board as being one of only two voices on the Board for residents seeking smart, thoughtful development that would preserve and enhance our quality of life, improve town finances and protect valued assets. When our fellow residents have become aware of the dense development generally advocated by this Board in earlier versions of the Master Plan and the impact that it would have on their town and neighborhoods, they are shocked and dismayed.

We understand that their are several openings on the Planning Board currently and we urge our Town Council to fill those positions with conscientious and knowledgeable candidates interested in representing what the majority of Montclair residents want — to protect and compliment our town’s low-rise business districts, historic assets and residential districts.

It is painfully apparent that the majority of our residents’ viewpoints are not presently represented on the Planning Board in sufficient proportion. Accordingly, we urge the Town Council to take action to rectify this situation by reappointing Martin Schwartz and then filling the remaining Planning Board vacancies with like-minded people. We believe that this path forward represents good governance and is preferable to us organizing a town-wide advocacy group in the new year seeking to force change from the outside.


Michael Baur, Al Berutti, Linda Cranston, Jason DeSalvo, Gerry Durr, Maureen Edelson, Frank Gerard Godlewski, Martin Gonzalez, Scott Kevelson, Wolf Knapp and Ira Shor



A Feast of Fish For Christmas Eve

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feast of the seven fishes

For Southern Italians and Italian-Americans, Christmas Eve is celebrated with a feast — Feast of the Seven Fishes. The special meal typically consists of seven (for the seven sacraments) different seafood dishes and is believed to have originated in Southern Italy, where it is known as The Vigil (La Vigilia). The tradition of eating seafood on Christmas Eve dates from the Roman Catholic tradition of abstaining from eating meat or milk products on Fridays, and on the day before Holy days like Christmas.

The number of fish seems to be more of an Italian-American thing according to Montclair resident Sara Villa, who grew up in Genoa, but has a mother from Naples in the south:

“For us it’s not really the seven fishes but we do have a dinner with just fish; fish salad (octopus, crab meat, shrimps and calamari, pasta with clams or mussels and maybe some baked Branzino.”

Tessa Aniello Vining of Montclair, whose family hails from Sicily and other parts of southern Italy, says there is no set number of dishes, but the meal is “a mix of a lot of different things like eel, shrimp, cod, calamari, anchovies, etc.”

Cathy Turiano Patullo of Montclair has in-laws from Boiano, near Naples, a mom from the Marche region, and a dad from Calabria — so you can be sure they feast on fishes on Christmas Eve! Patullo says you can have seven fish for the seven sacraments, 13 fish for the apostles and Jesus, or three for the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. “My in-laws just make lots of fish!”

For others, seven is the tradition. Ashley DiGeronimo of Montclair spends Christmas Eve with her husband’s family who hail from Calabria in the south. Their feast has seven fishes.

For Italian-American Justin Mannato of Montclair, seven is the number and keeping the tradition is important. He wrote about the significance here on his blog years ago.

No matter how many fishes you eat on Christmas Eve, you can enjoy a Feast of the Seven Fishes at these local restaurants or enjoy it at home with the help of these markets:


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Childhood: Remembering Your First Pet

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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.


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