Meet the Author in Montclair: William Alexander, Flirting with French

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Flirting with French: How a Language Charmed Me, Seduced Me, and Nearly Broke My Heart

William Alexander, best-selling author of Flirting with French: How a Language Charmed Me, Seduced Me, and Nearly Broke My Heart, will visit FIAF Montclair on November 7 to take a playful look at learning a language.

The author of three critically-acclaimed books, a frequent NPR guest, and occasional NY Times op-ed contributor, in Flirting With French, Alexander shares his latest challenge of fulfilling a life-long dream — learning French as an adult.

From Rosetta Stone software, to French pen pals, to local meet-ups, to getting an MRI of my brain on French, I leave no stone unturned in my quest. Do I succeed in becoming fluent? Readers will be as surprised as I was to discover that, in a bizarre twist, studying French may have had a far greater impact on my life than actually learning to speak it ever would.

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Fall Back With Fire Safety

BY  |  Friday, Oct 31, 2014 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

fall back fire safetyThis SundayNovember 2, marks the end of Daylight Saving Time. We will “fall back” one hour and it will get darker sooner. If that part depresses you like it does for me, do somethign to make yourself feel better — check your home smoke detectors and change the batteries. The preventative measure will make you feel better. Trust me. It’s also a great time to go over fire safety recommendations.

Below are tips from the National Fire Protection Association and the Montclair Fire Department on Fire Safety:

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Baristanet Profile: Robyn Myhr-Goulart

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Robyn Myhr-GoulartThe latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood:

Name: Robyn Myhr-Goulart

Where do you live? Montclair

When did you move there? Moved from Park Slope almost two and a half years ago

Where did you grow up? Minnesota.  The weather in NJ is balmy in comparison.

How do you make a living? Family Photographer and Mindfulness Teacher (The Mindful Tribe)

Coffee, tea or … ? Was a coffee drinker for years but now a tea convert…. a delish hot cup of Genmaicha green tea with honey makes my day complete.

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Your Local General Election Day Voting Guide

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General Election

Tuesday, November 4 is the day to exercise one of the most powerful tools offered to Americans — Election Day for the General Election 2014.

Every vote counts especially in midterm elections. Ballot issues effect your everyday life. They have a huge impact on the legislation that passes through Congress. So get out and vote on Tuesday! 

Here is your local general election day voting guide:

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Montclair Police Apprehend Inwood Avenue Burglary Suspect

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 3:04pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

We tweeted this yesterday:

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Community Development Block Grant Applications Available

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

Community Development Block Grant Applications AvailableMontclair voted to submit nine Community Block Grant applications in 2013. Interested in applying this year? CDBG Applications for federal funds under U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 2015 Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) are now available from the Montclair Department of Planning & Community Development.

According to Planning Director Janice Talley, Montclair received $322,927 in Community Development Block Grant funds in the 2014 program year. Continue Reading

Grove Street Grade Crossing to Close Temporarily Between Claremont Ave and Walnut Street Due to Repairs on November 7

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 5:00pm  |  COMMENTS (9)

NJ Transit Will Get BiggerNew Jersey Transit announced today that the Montclair-Boonton Line Grove Street railroad grade crossing (between Claremont Avenue and Walnut Street) will be closed for track repairs starting Friday, November 7. The work is scheduled to be completed on or about Friday, November 21.

During this time, the track work will take place:

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Go Groove at the Montclair Motown Benefit Party for MESH

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

MESHing with Motown

On Friday, November 14, Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless, aka MESH, will present their second annual MESHing with Motown party at the Van Vleck House & Gardens. I heard it through the grapevine that it’s a party you don’t want to miss. They’ll be dancing in the street all night long! Ooh, ooh Baby I can’t help myself with all the Motown song references..

The evening will be emceed by Frankie Faison and will feature live music by Valarie Adams & The Dimensions, dancing, food, wine, and a variety of silent auction items. All that fun for a very good cause. MESH provides a safe and warm place for the homeless to sleep when temperatures drop to 20° during cold weather season or rise above 100° during the warm weather season. MESH also provides evening meals Monday through Saturday through its café program hosted by 17 local partner houses of worship.

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Bloomfield Crime: 28 Arrests, One Of a Montclair Man For Unlawful Possession of Gun With Hollow Point Bullets

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimeTwenty-eight arrests, one of a Montclair man for unlawful possession of a firearm with hollow point bullets in this week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:


10/20/14  – A gate was forced open on a construction site on the 400 block of Bloomfield Avenue in a commercial burglary that occurred between Saturday 10/18 and Monday 10/20. The victim reported that the proceeds were $27,000.00 worth of aluminum light poles.

10/21/14 – A residential burglary that occurred between 7:50 am and 2:00 pm was reported on Forest Drive. A point of entry could not be determined and it is believed that the only item stolen was a change jar containing approximately $60.00 in coins.

10/22/14 – A residential burglary was reported on Woodland Road at 11:31 am. A basement window was determined to be the point of entry. It is unknown what if anything was taken.

10/25/14 – An apartment was burglarized on the lower end of Hill Street between 10/25 and 10/26. A bedroom window was determined to be the point of entry and the victim reported that a Sony Play Station 2 was stolen.

10/26/14 – An apartment was burglarized on the lower end of Mill Street between 3:00 pm and 9:30 pm. There were no signs of forced entry and the victim reported that 2 bottles of prescription cough medicine were stolen.

10/27/14 – The victim of a residential burglary reported at 3:00 am seeing a male at his bedroom window. The suspect fled on Henry Street and evidence was recovered indicating the suspect used a stick to cut holes in two screens in the attempt to gain entry.

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Local Chefs Share Their Celebrity Chef Inspirations

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William Orpen Le Chef de l'Hôtel Chatham, Paris (Credit: Wikipedia)

It’s likely you have been inspired by the delicious dishes you’ve eaten at our superb local restaurants. Whether they’ve inspired you to cook your own versions of your favorite meals, or you have just truly enjoyed and relished a delicious dish, these chefs are making big names for themselves in the culinary world – many have appeared and won on Food Network shows.

We wanted to know who inspired them. We asked them to name a celebrity chef who they’ve learned from or admire. Julia Child and Jean-Georges Vongerichten were expected picks, but we loved some other choices — family and friends:


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The coffee is fantastic. So is the food! It is around the corner from Nicolo's bakery, for those readers not familiar with the area.

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