Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Aug. 2

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Approximately 110 properties are open in Baristaville this weekend, including the following four new listings:

montclair080274 Gordonhurst Ave., Montclair

List Price: $585,000

Taxes: $19,712

Acreage: n/a


For sale by owner, this new-to-the-market side hall colonial has hardwood floors and cedar closets throughout. Other highlights include an updated kitchen with granite and a farm sink; a wood-burning fireplace in the living room; a master suite with a sitting room and Italian granite master bath; and a finished third floor with a fourth bedroom, skylights and built-ins. There is a partially finished basement and a two-car garage. The furnace is new, and there is a deck and fenced-in backyard. The house was constructed in 1926. Open 2 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

Montclair Residents Petition Police to “Aggressively Enforce Traffic Laws in Montclair”

BY  |  Friday, Jul 31, 2015 4:25pm  |  COMMENTS (13)

Photo posted with petition at

Photo posted with petition at

Following reports of a young bicyclist struck by a vehicle near the corner of Grove and Bellevue last night, Montclair residents are petitioning Montclair Police Chief David Sabagh and the Montclair town council to aggressively enforce traffic laws in Montclair.

The petition, started by Elizabeth Ruebman, and posted on, already has comments from those who have signed, decrying dangerous conditions for pedestrians and bike riders.

Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson was aware of the accident, because he had been driving near the area when it happened. Jackson said the accident involved a young boy on a bike who was attended to by Montclair Ambulance team members at the scene before being brought to the hospital. Jackson says the council is aware of the need to do more with regard to pedestrian and cyclist safety. “We are working on putting up more beacons and incorporating safety measures. We understand the issue and we understand the concern and we are trying to do more and will keep pressing on it.”

Jackson mentioned the need for speed enforcement and spoke of the Drive with Care program as another effort in place.

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Baristanet Profile: Therese Baird

BY  |  Friday, Jul 31, 2015 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Therese Baird

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

Name: Therese Baird

Where do you live? Cedar Grove, NJ

When did you move there? Almost 23 years ago.

Where did you grow up? Summit Avenue in Upper Montclair

How do you make a living? I am currently a real estate agent at Halstead Property in Montclair. Before that, I was the owner of Le Baker’s Dozen Bake Shoppe.

Coffee, tea or … ? Coffee… always. Unless I’m sick, then it’s tea!

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Joe Walsh Comes Home to Rock Montclair

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Joe Walsh

The halls of Montclair High School will truly be rocking this fall when one of MHS’s most renowned alum, legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Eagles’ guitarist, Joe Walsh, will visit Montclair for a two-day event on October 2–3.

To kick off the exciting weekend, in celebration of the high school’s 100th anniversary, Walsh will start his visit in town  with Montclair High School students and faculty during a school day assembly on Friday, October 2. The following evening, Saturday, October 3, Walsh and his band will give an intimate benefit concert at the Montclair High School auditorium. In addition to the high school celebrating 100 years, 2015 also marks 50 years since Walsh graduated from MHS.

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Pedestrian Safety Update: Incidents Down Slightly; New Crossing Light Installed by Walnut Street

BY  |  Friday, Jul 31, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

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Dangerous intersections and drivers who don’t stop for pedestrians in crosswalks are among the continuing pedestrian safety concerns in Montclair and a focus of the Pedestrian Safety Committee.

So far this year, pedestrian-auto incidents for the first six months of 2015 totaled 17, compared to 20 for the same period in 2014, reports Sergeant Stephanie Egnezzo of the Montclair Police Department’s (MPD) Traffic Department.

For May and June, 2015 there were five pedestrian/vehicle accidents. Police determined two were the pedestrian’s fault. Three of those accidents took place on Bloomfield Avenue. The other two occurred by the intersection of Grove Street and Glenridge Avenue, according to the Pedestrian Safety Committee. The majority of the crashes take place in daylight, in good weather, at intersections, and do not involve alcohol.

“To help ensure their safety, pedestrians should cross only in crosswalks or at a corner and stay off their phones when crossing the street,” said Alex Kent, chair of the Pedestrian Safety Committee and a coordinator at Drive with Care in Montclair. “Drivers should obey the speed limit, stop for pedestrians in crosswalks, and avoid using their cell phone while driving.”

More Pedestrian Safety Initiatives in the Works

Besides educating drivers and pedestrians, other safety measures are being implemented. Last month the township installed a flashing pedestrian crossing light at the corner of Grove/Oxford (near Walnut Street). People who want to cross press a button and lights on both sides of the street flash, similar to the light that operates on the corner of Bloomfield and Midland Avenues. Fourth Ward Councilor, Renee Baskerville, M.D., collaborated with Kim Craft, township engineer to get the light at Grove and Oxford installed.

Flashing lights deterred some drivers, but not all, when Baristanet tested out the crosswalk.

Flashing lights deterred most drivers from passing through, but not all, when Baristanet tested out the crosswalk.

At the request of the Pedestrian Safety Committee, the MPD is also evaluating whether more intersections should be “no right on red.” The department has surveyed all the intersections and is determining which intersections to flag “no right on red” based on pedestrian and vehicle traffic. That report is expected to be completed in September. Once the report is reviewed, MPD can draft new ordinances and submit them to the Town Council.

The Pedestrian Safety Committee added a public safety line item to the township budget, which is pending approval. Those funds will pay for engineering studies to evaluate reducing some speed limits around town, as well as implementing a pedestrian phase light at Valley Road and Bellevue Avenue in Upper Montclair. This light will have a third phase, where only pedestrians are allowed to cross in both directions; all traffic will be stopped. This scenario takes away the danger of turning cars. The Pedestrian Safety Committee will provide an update on these initiatives when more information becomes available.

A Seat in the House Shows Love for Montclair’s Outpost in the Burbs

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

A Seat in the House

Jay Lustig—Editor of—and Erika Bleiberg—former daily editor of Baristanet, arts publicist, and content marketing producer—are experimenting with a new multi-media series for called A Seat in the House. The series consists of short videos that include exclusive artist interviews and concert footage focused on conveying the experience of watching a performance at arts venues across the state.

First showcased in the series is Montclair’s Outpost in the Burbs, a non-profit outreach organization that builds community through music, community service, and cultural programs. Joan Osborne’s performance in February (her third for Outpost) was featured in A Seat in the House‘s inaugural video.

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Four NJ Transit Train Conductors Arrested for Selling Stolen Tickets

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Four Nj Transit Train Conductors Arrested for Selling Stolen Tickets

Four NJ transit train conductors were arrested yesterday morning as part of an ongoing investigation into the illegal sale of stolen train tickets. The investigation was initiated by the NJ Transit Police Department’s Fraud Unit with assistance from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Official Corruption Unit.

The report from Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray:

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Bloomfield Crime: Armed Robbery, Theft, and Several Arrests

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimeThis week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:


On July 25, 2015, a 38 year old Bloomfield resident was robbed at gunpoint of his cell phone, by 3 males wearing bandanas over their faces, on the 200 block of Ampere Parkway. The victim reported that he was walking home when the 3 males approached him and one of the suspects was holding what appeared to be a silver semi-automatic handgun. The victim quickly said “the police are coming” which made the suspects hesitate for a moment before they took his cell phone and fled on foot towards Chester Avenue. The victim followed the suspects to N 17th Street, where he witnessed them enter a grey, 4 door vehicle, occupied by a fourth suspect in the driver’s seat. The victim observed the vehicle drive away south on N 17th Street.

The victim was not injured in the robbery and the stolen cell phone was valued at approximately $100.00.

The suspects were described by the victim only as being: 3 black males, one with a grey hooded sweatshirt and red bandana over his face, one with a black hooded sweatshirt and black bandana over his face and one with a white tee shirt and black bandana over his face.

The Bloomfield Police Department is actively investigating this crime and following up on leads generated by their investigation so far. Anyone that has information regarding this crime is asked to contact the Detective Bureau at 973-680-4084.


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The Weekend: Music, Music, and More Music!

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This weekend is all about music.

We told you about:

Here are some other great ways to spend your weekend:

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Celebrate National Cheesecake Day at Anthony’s Cheesecake

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

National Cheesecake Day

It’s National Cheesecake Day today and Anthony’s Cheesecake in Bloomfield is celebrating. Customers will get free cheesecake bites with the purchase of a lunch or dinner entree. Anthony’s will also give away an eight-inch NY-style cheesecake to one lucky patron.



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