Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Nov. 23

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About 80 properties are open this weekend, including a few interesting fixer-uppers in Glen Ridge and Millburn.

montclair1123174 S. Mountain Ave., Montclair

List Price: $679,000

Taxes: $19,366

Acreage: 0.53


Featuring marble floors and wood molding, this eight-room ranch also has hardwood floors, new central air, a fireplace in the living room and a patio. The basement is finished, and there is a two-car attached garage. The house, which was built in 1964, has been on the market for just over a month. Open 1 to 4 p.m.

montclair1123_2Also an eight-room ranch, 144 Summit Ave., Montclair has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, a foyer with skylights and radiant heat, a fireplace in the living room, a partially finished basement and a two-car attached garage. The circa 1956 house, which is new to the market, is listed at $769,000; taxes are $23,426. Open 2 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

Montclair’s Marathon Man Runs Again — Help Him Raise Funds For Library

BY  |  Friday, Nov 21, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

 Dr. Ed Gold

Montclair orthodontist Dr. Ed Gold won’t stop running. For the past few years he has run marathons and raised thousands of dollars to support the Montclair Public Library.

On Sunday October 12, Dr. Gold completed the Mohawk-Hudson River Marathon (his third marathon).

“It was an absolutely beautiful day and perfect for a marathon. Keeping the library and all of my supporters through the years in my thoughts helped me cross the finish line and even qualify for the 2016 Boston Marathon with a time of 3 hrs 29 min and 18 seconds,” says Gold.

This Sunday, November 23, Dr. Gold will be running the Philadelphia Marathon continuing to raise money for MPL.

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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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Birthday Fundraiser Gala for Haiti

BY  |  Friday, Nov 21, 2014 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Gala for Haiti

Montclair State University alum Guerline Macenat-Pierre is celebrating her 30th birthday next month with a red carpet fundraising gala to benefit Haitian school children in need of clean water.

The black-tie gala and fundraiser on December 6 will feature live music, art and performances all to raise $10,000 for Operation Drill Water Well 2015.

Macenat-Pierre is currently the Vice President of the Dlo Pou Viv (“Water for Life”) Health Education and Health Programs, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization devoted to ending water disparities in Haiti and other parts of the world.

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Project to Merge Routes 3 and 46 in Clifton to Begin in Spring

BY  |  Friday, Nov 21, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Routes 3 and 46

According to, construction to create a safer traffic merge at Routes 3 and 46 in Clifton will begin next spring.

The project area extends along Route 46 from the vicinity of Lower Notch Road to Rock Hill Road and along Route 3 from Valley Road to west of Grove Street, in Little Falls, Woodland Park and Clifton, Passaic County.

The proposed interchange improvements, according to the NJ State Transportation plans on the project, are:

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Montclair Historic Preservation Commission Approves One Façade Improvement and Rejects Another

BY  |  Friday, Nov 21, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (19)

Montclair real estate owner Dick Grabowsky makes his case before the Montclair historic Preservation Commission for six-panel windows on the Bloomfield Avenue side of the Hinck Building, which he owns, while Helen Torris of RHG Architecture + Design listens.  The commission said no to the plan in a tie vote.

Montclair real estate owner Dick Grabowsky makes his case before the Montclair historic Preservation Commission for six-panel windows on the Bloomfield Avenue side of the Hinck Building, which he owns, while Helen Torris of RHG Architecture + Design listens. The commission said no to the plan in a tie vote.

One change to an historic façade was recommended by the Montclair Historic Preservation Commission (HPC), and another change to another façade was not, at the HPC’s meeting on November 20. Dick Grabowsky, whose plans to replace windows and redo the Bloomfield Avenue frontage of the Hinck Building for a prospective restaurant were originally brought up in October, returned with revised drawings of his plans, which were amended to include the second floor in the renderings. The plans, which would replace the windows in the three arched bays to the left of the Claridge Theater entrance  with six opening window panels for each bay and provide an entrance in the easternmost bay, were submitted by Rachael Grochowski and Helen Torris of RHG Architecture + Design.

Torris said that the firm looked at an alternative to keep the look of the affected frontage consistent with the rest of the building. She explained that a three-window-panel setup for each bay, with each individual window four feet wide, was considered, but that each window panel would have to have running posts in between to support the weight and would produce difficulty in looking out. No other alternatives seemed feasible to meet the prospective restaurant tenant’s requirements.

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Bloomfield Crime: Burglaries, Thefts, Arrests, and More

BY  |  Friday, Nov 21, 2014 7:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimeBurglaries, thefts, arrests, and more in this week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:


11/11/14 – Between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:00 pm a residence was burglarized on the lower end of Sadler road. Entry was gained through a rear basement window.

Stolen from the home was a Toshiba silver laptop computer, some costume jewelry, a Cannon digital camera, various tools, some loose change, and some identification cards.

11/12/14 – Between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:03 pm an apartment was burglarized on the lower end of East Passaic Avenue. The suspect/s entered by kicking in the victim’s apartment door.

A jewelry box with various pieces of jewelry, the value of which was not known, were stolen.

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Enjoy Jewish Soul Food and Israeli Wine Tasting at Bnai Keshet Annual Book Festival

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Jewish Soul Food

The annual Bnai Keshet Book Festival happens this Saturday, November 22 with the theme Journeys of the Soul: From Appetizer to Ice Cream.

There will be delicious samples from Israeli cookbook author Janna Gur’s new Jewish Soul Food, with an Israeli wine-tasting, followed by readings from featured authors, who explore the immigrant soul in America.

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Montclair Crime: Armed Robbery, Several Arrests, Vandalism

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

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 11-08-2014 at 1440Hrs, Ms. Charade Jenkins (50yoa from Montclair) was placed under arrest for shoplifting from Pathmark. Security had observed Ms. Jenkins placing laundry detergent in a book bag, and walking out of the supermarket. Ms. Jenkins was also found to have an outstanding $1,500 warrant out of town. Her bail was set at $2,500 cash.

On 11-08-2014, Officers responded to Central Avenue on a report of a physical altercation in the street. When officers arrived, they observed a group of males standing around two other males, who were actively fighting. The two subjects who were fighting, Elijah Williams (19yoa from Montclair) and a 17yoa juvenile, were placed under arrest. These subjects were charged with disorderly conduct.

On 11-10-2014 at 2106Hrs, an Officer operating a marked patrol unit was driving north on Elm Street, when a vehicle approached from behind, passed the Officer in the oncoming lane of traffic, and proceeded northbound. The Officer stopped this vehicle, a 2000 Ford Focus, at Bloomfield Avenue and Elm Street. The vehicle operator, Mr. Wilson Chery (32yoa from Montclair) was operating a vehicle, knowing it to have no brakes. He was also found to have open warrants out of East Orange totaling $900. He was placed under arrest for these warrants. His vehicle was towed for being unsafe.

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The Weekend: Music, Art, Swedish Fairs, Pop Up Shops, and More

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)



Many great events to enjoy this weekend. We told you about:

And there’s more! Here are your weekend highlights:

Head to Tierney’s tonight to see Bellehouse with special guest Jim Hayes. Brooklyn-based, Bellehouse rides the wave of urban Americana. Their muses range from Bluegrass to Motown and far beyond. Bellehouse originally under the name “Skies” in 2013, with original members Jess Clinton, Sarah Haines, Laurel Parmet and Nick Lenchner. Current band members include Jess Taylor Clinton (vocals, guitar & writing), Sarah Haines (vocals & viola), Nick Lenchner (bass), Ryan Gross (banjo and vocals), and Catie Friel (vocals). Jim Hayes is drawn to the blues masters such as John Lee Hooker and Ray Charles and lyricists like Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison and Tom Waits. Over the last several years he has opened for Leon Russell and played at such venues as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Hard Rock Caf (NYC), and Starland Ballroom (NJ),Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.

Bellehouse with special guest Jim Hayes
Thursday, November 20 at 9 pm
Tierney’s Tavern, 136 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ, 07042
$5 cover


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Featured Comment

I think it's great to have another convenient option in the neighborhood. I wonder what size trucks will be going down this partly residential street and how often? It is a moderately quiet street, and will see at least a little more traffic. At least it's certainly prettier than what is there now!

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