Glen Ridge Woman Launches Grey House Linens

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Sandy Weber has fond childhood memories of sitting at the dining room table, surrounded by beauty and family.

“I was lucky enough to grow up in a family that had Shabbat dinner on Friday nights, which included a bicker-free time period with my brother, my mom cooking really good food and my dad bringing home flowers (sooo nice!), which I helped arrange. I was also the table setter, which entailed laying out a pretty tablecloth and our best dishes. My parents entertained a lot and I was always involved in the preparations.”

Fast forward to her own family, and Weber was able to continue the tradition. “My mom had a lot to do with my interest in making a home feel pretty and loved. It happens that I hate cooking and avoid it completely, however, I married a fabulous cook, which allows me to focus on the details of making things look beautiful.”

Finding those beautiful things wasn’t always easy Weber discovered, when she became frustrated with the selection of tablecloths in retail stores. Continue Reading

The Weekend: Mid-Summer Concerts, Outdoor Music, Cabaret, and More

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 1:43pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

eugeneMusic is yours to enjoy this weekend. Take your pick from Rockabilly, Rock n’ Roll,Folk, Pop, Blues, Cabaret….it’s happening this weekend.

On Friday,  you can go to Ruthie’s BBQ & Pizza in Montclair to hear  The Eugene Chrysler Band play their own blend of solid country music taking its influence from blues, rock, western swing, boogie, and rockabilly, all with humor and an upbeat twist. As usual, they’ll be serving up good pizza and BBQ.  offers up good food. We suggest you try the Mac and Cheese.

The Eugene Chrysler Band at Ruthie’s BBQ
Friday, July 25 from 7 pm – 9 pm

Ruthie’s BBQ & Pizza, 64 1/2 Chestnut Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
BYO and no cover

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The Sound and The Fury: Councilor Spiller Hears More Noise Complaints

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (11)

Montclair Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller

Montclair Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller

Montclair Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller held a community meeting at the Montclair Public Library on July 23, a day after sitting through a township council meeting in which noise from events at parks and public safety issues created by such events were the two predominant issues.  He found himself confronting the same issues again with his constituents, many of whom are directly affected by the annual and biennial events at Nishuane Park.  Part of the Third Ward is directly across Harrison Avenue from Nishuane Park, which is in the Fourth Ward. Continue Reading

Stephen Colbert and CBS’ Late Show To Stay Local

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Stephen Colbert Under Fire For Tweet From Comedy Central's @ColbertReportIt’s a win for New York — and Montclair. The good news is local Stephen Colbert sightings will continue, now that concerns over a move of The Late Show — and its new host — to California have been put to rest. Continue Reading

Protest in Pictures: Rally Against Ted Nugent Performance at Wellmont Theater

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 4:14pm  |  COMMENTS (11)

Police and more than 100 protesters gathered outside the empty Social Security to protest against the Wellmont Theater’s Ted Nugent performance last night. Continue Reading

Baristanet Profile: Emily Wittmann

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

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

Name: Emily Wittmann

Where do you live? Montclair NJ

When did you move there? Left Manhattan for Montclair in fall of 2003

Where did you grow up? North Ward of Newark, NJ. My dad owned Melody Records in Newark and later throughout NJ

How do you make a living? Entertainment, I’m currently the CEO of three entertainment news websites., and

Coffee, tea or … ? A great French dry rose!

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Bloomfield Crime: Shoplifting , a Dine & Dash and Car Break-ins

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bloomfield CrimeShoplifting, car break-ins,  DWIs, burglaries and more in this week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:


07-14-2014 – On the 100 block of Newark Avenue a residence was burglarized between Sunday at 9:00 am and Monday at 11:00 am. A rear window screen was cut and found to be the point of entry. A Hewlett Packard laptop computer was stolen.

07-17-2014 – On Donald Street the victim of a burglary reported that he noticed a side window open when he returned home from work at approximately 6:30 pm. A PlayStation 3 and an Apple I-Mac laptop computer were stolen.

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Are You WaterWise, Montclair?

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

WaterWise MontclairWanting to reduce water consumption in the township, Montclair is embarking on a comprehensive water conservation and efficiency program called WaterWise Montclair.

The first step is offering rain barrels to township residents at a deeply-discounted price. Retailing for around $150, the Township purchased 50-gallon “Ivy”® Rain Barrels in bulk for $72 each. To encourage their use, they will be sold for $36, saving residents over $100 on a barrel.

Montclair Sustainability Officer Gray Russell says that by conserving water more effectively, and by using more water-efficient products, our community can save money and energy, help to mitigate the effects of drought, and reduce over-consumption of our most precious natural resource.

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Sponsored Post: Office Space Available In Upper Montclair Historic District

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 11:32am

With the installation of a striking cornice and the opening of the Manhattan Bagel store, to join the already operational Pro Cuts next door, the building at 250 Bellevue Ave. (next door to the movie theater) has completed its transformation from law office building to a ground floor retail space with subdividable office space available on the 2nd floor. Montclair architect Paul Sionas worked to maintain the essence of the building and to improve its appearance and conform it to the historic district in which it sits.

For a detailed description of the property, being marketed by Andree Bertsche at Stanton Company Realtors, Montclair, see 250 Bellevue Details.

250 bellevue

The building is owned by 250 Bellevue Realty, LLC, whose principals are Jeffrey Cooper and Elizabeth Schrero Cooper, the son and daughter-in-law of the late Hon. Peter B. Cooper who, before he was a judge in Essex County, owned and had his law practice in the building. His law firm, which at one point was Bennett, Shepherd and Cooper and then Cooper, Dickson, Merkelbach, Camp and Cass, later became Dickson, Ashenfelter, Slous, Tanner & Trevenen, LLP, which occupied the building from the mid-1950s until several years ago. Continue Reading

Nishuane Park Noise Complaints Dominate Montclair Township Council Meeting

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (20)

Town Council Despite an agenda of mostly trouble-free ordinances and resolutions at the Montclair Township Council’s regular meeting on July 22, controversy was stirred up in public comment over two recent events at Nishuane Park, while a third event is being planned there for August.

Resident Michael Norman of North Brookwood Drive, which is across from Nishuane Park, spoke to complain about recent events at the park, most notably the Montclair High School all-class reunion that took place on July 19.

Norman said he attended a meeting with Fourth Ward Councilor Renée Baskerville, Township Manager Marc Dashield, and Recreation and Cultural Affairs Director Pat Breschka about the various problems regarding events there, including  traffic control and parking, but especially excessive noise. Norman suggested that there could be temporary measures that could be taken vis-à-vis while an effort was made to come up with long-term solutions to staging events in all of the municipal parks, such as lowering the volume of the music played at the events, re-positioning the speakers to keep the sound away from the neighborhoods, and extra police presence to monitor the traffic. He was afraid that the problems could be repeated when the Montclair Jazz Festival is held in Nishuane Park on August 16. He cited ordinance regulating sound in public spaces that was passed by the council in 1986, when Mayor Robert Jackson was a councilor-at-large, as something that could be built on to make life more bearable for the Brookwood Drives.

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