Celebrating the 110th Anniversary of Anderson Park With a Tree Planting

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Anderson Park

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.(center) joined the Friends of Anderson Park to celebrate the 110th anniversary of Anderson Park or a ceremonial tree planting on Sunday, May 17.

With DiVincenzo are (from left) Lisa Renner from the Friends of Anderson Park, Montclair Councilors William Hurlock and Robin Schlager, Mayor Robert Jackson, Scott Kevelson from the Friends of Anderson Park, Girl Scout Dana Oscar from Troop 22915, Eagle Scout John Macksoud and Boy Scout Spencer Uri from Troop 13, Deputy Mayor Bob Russo and Freeholder Vice President Brendan Gill.

(Photo by Glen Frieson)



Baristanet Profile: Demetri Malki

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Demetri Malki

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

Name: Demetri Malki

Where do you live? Westfield

When did you move there? I moved there three years ago and before that I lived in Montclair for four years at 415 Claremont Avenue.

Where did you grow up? I was born in Syria. I came here when I was six. We lived on Main Street in Paterson for about three years before my parents bought a house in Clifton. I graduated Clifton High School then went to Rutgers before transferring to Montclair State.

How do you make a living? Restaurateurs usually make money from other businesses. I’m fortunate to make a living with my own restaurant, De Novo in Montclair.

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Montclair Film Festival Summer Series Opens With Singing Plants at The Presby Iris Gardens

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Montclair Film Festival Summer Series

It’s (unofficially) summer and the Montclair Film Festival Summer Series kicks off this Friday with an outdoor screening of Little Shop of Horrors!

Pack up your blankets, chairs and picnics and go enjoy the fun 1986 musical horror/comedy film directed by Frank Oz starring Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Steve Martin, and Levi Stubbs as the voice of Audrey II—the singing plant.

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Bloomfield Council to Ponder Choice of New Slogan for Welcome Signs

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Photo credit: John Lee/Black Tie and Flip Flops

DPW Director Anthony Nesto announced at last Monday’s conference meeting that results had come in from a contest to choose a slogan to grace new “Welcome to Bloomfield” signs that will be put in place to greet motorists entering the Township on several major thoroughfares.

The contest was initiated by Nesto two months ago with the help of Parks Director Mike Sceurman, Bloomfield High School Principal Chris Jennings (who agreed to invite the high school students to participate in the contest), and the Bloomfield Educational Foundation, which authorized a $500 prize for the winning slogan. The final choice is to be made by the Mayor and Council.

On Monday evening, Nesto thanked Sceurman, Jennings and the BEF for their contributions, as well as Municipal Clerk Louise Palagano and the seven Department Heads for helping him narrow the field. He said they had received 124 submissions from the students. The most popular among the students was #62, he said, which was “Our Unity Makes Our Community.” He said he and Palagano had each picked their 15 favorites, and had only one overlapping choice. “A perfect married couple,” quipped Mayor Michael Venezia. “Mine were better,” Palagno responded. Continue Reading

Glen Ridge Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony 2015

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glen ridge memorial day parade

The Glen Ridge Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony dates back to 1922 when the town’s World War One Monument was dedicated to honor community members who died in service to our country. Since then, additional memorials have been added, inscribed with the names of those Glen Ridge service members who died during WW2, The Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War.

Participants in yesterday’s parade included Borough Officials, The GR Police Department and the Volunteer Ambulance Squad. Numerous community groups and local organizations followed the beat of the Glen Ridge High School Marching Band as they paraded along Ridgewood Avenue.

The ceremony began with the lowering of the flag to half mast and ended with a bugle sounding “Taps.”

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Seen Around Town: Cooling Off at Essex Pool

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essex pool

Yesterday’s warm, sunny temperatures had locals happy that area pools were open for the season. Even the ducks were looking to cool off. This duck took a quick dip at Montclair’s Essex pool. Thanks to Chanda Hall for the photo!

See any interesting and/or fun things around town? Send your photos here.



DHS Secretary, War Hero Speak at Montclair Memorial Day Observance

BY  |  Monday, May 25, 2015 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson speaks at the 2015 Montclair Memorial Day ceremony.

Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson speaks at the 2015 Montclair Memorial Day ceremony.

Montclair held its annual Memorial Day observance in Edgemont Memorial Park, which was developed as a public space in 1925 to honor the veterans of World War I (then called the World War of the Great War). Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary and Montclair resident Jeh Johnson was the featured speaker, and retired U.S. Air Force Major William Horn, a Montclair resident since 2010, spoke about his experiences in Vietnam.

Johnson, the fourth DHS Secretary, was introduced by Mayor Robert Jackson, who cited Johnson’s many accomplishments,  including his service as a federal prosecutor, General Counsel of the Air Force, and General Counsel of the Defense Department.  Johnson said his proudest distinction was to be a Montclair resident.  When he first came here to look at houses, he said, “I knew this was going to be home.”  He praised his adopted hometown as an “urbane suburb” that embraced progressive values.

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Remember on Memorial Day

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It’s Memorial Day. We get excited on this unofficial start of summer, but before you have a BBQ, head down the Shore, or attend a local event, remember the men and women who gave their lives while in military service today. Attend a local service and/or parade with your family.



Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, May 24

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Approximately 44 properties are showing in Baristaville this holiday weekend. Highlights include a renovated carriage house in South Orange and a few new listings.

glenridge0524134 Ridgewood Ave., Glen Ridge

List Price: $649,000

Taxes: $20,612

Acreage: n/a


This nine-room split level has been on the market for about one month; it is the only property showing in Glen Ridge this weekend. Highlights include an updated kitchen, hardwood floors, a fireplace in the living room and central air. There is a partially finished full, walkout basement and a two-car attached garage. Outside, there is an open porch, patio and fire pit. The house was built in 1953. Open 2 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas in Clifton to Host Farm-to-Table Benefit Dinner

BY  |  Friday, May 22, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas

If you attended the Montclair Public Library Foundation’s Under the Covers party last week, then you know that the food from Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas was delicious. If you want to try more, an upcoming event is a great opportunity. The Clifton Commons restaurant, which specializing in small plates that put modern twists to Italian classics, will host a City Green Farm-To-Table Dinner on Thursday, June 4.

A reception featuring passed appetizers will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a six-course dinner, featuring a scratch-made menu prepared by Executive Chef Josh Bernstein, complete with wine pairings. Below is the full menu:

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