R.I.P. Joe Lombardi

BY  |  Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 5:24pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

joe lombardiJoe Lombardi, a long-time member of the Commonwealth Club, died yesterday. Lombardi died at UMDNJ Hospital, Newark, of injuries after being struck by a motor vehicle while crossing the intersection of Grove and Walnut streets in Montclair on Thursday. He was 90.

Visiting will be on Monday from 6-9 p.m. at Caggiano Memorial, 62 Grove St. (www.caggianomemorial.com). A funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Our Lady of the Lake Church, Verona. Interment will follow at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Montclair. Continue Reading

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Dec. 21

BY  |  Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 12:24pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The open house scene is slowing as holiday activities pick up. Most of the houses showing are holdovers from prior weeks and months, but some have reduced price tags.

montclair122111 James St., Montclair

List Price: $850,000

Taxes: $20,561

Acreage: 0.26


The price of this nine-room Victorian was just reduced by $45,000. The circa 1864 house, just renovated this year, has a new kitchen with a center island, high and beamed ceilings, central air, a fireplace, a wraparound porch and a patio. There is a finished basement; there is no garage. Open 2 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

Vote For Bloomfield Mom’s Gingerbread Carmen in The Met Bakeoff

BY  |  Friday, Dec 19, 2014 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

The Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera is holding a Gingerbread Character Bakeoff and a Bloomfield baker needs Baristaville’s vote and support. We think her gingerbread Carmen is truly worth it!

The Met’s contest in for promotion of its production of Hansel & Gretel, which is running through January 8.

The public was asked to design a gingerbread cookie based on their favorite opera character to enter. The winner will get four tickets to the Met and special prizes from Epicerie Boulud.

Ann Marie Scello entered this spicy red Carmen.

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Montclair Family Displaced By Fire In Need of a Home For Christmas

BY  |  Friday, Dec 19, 2014 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Quince Children

The Quince Children

Despite the great efforts of the Montclair Fire Department to contain and relinquish the fire at the multi-family home at 146 Forest Avenue on Tuesday, December 16 — all with no injuries to residents or firefighters — Melissa Quince and her seven children (ages 6 – 16) are now in need of a home.

Neighbor Alan Smith, lead singer of The Porchistas, immediately started helping the Quince family by collecting clothing and donations for the displaced family. The outpouring of generosity had been amazing, but the biggest need is for Quince to find an apartment for her family, and with a family of eight, it is a difficult task.

“We’re having a really hard time finding an apartment in Montclair that would take all of us in and I’m trying so hard to make sure we have somewhere to live before Christmas,” Quince told Baristanet. “I’m hoping for a true Christmas miracle.”

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Stephen Colbert Signs Off On “The Colbert Report”

BY  |  Friday, Dec 19, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Stephen Colbert Under Fire For Tweet From Comedy Central's @ColbertReport“If this is your first time tuning in to ‘The Colbert Report,’ I have some terrible news.”

Montclair’s own Stephen Colbert said goodbye last night after 9 years of his show, “The Colbert Report.” If you didn’t see it yet, we won’t spoil it, but not breaking character, a great scene with the Grim Reaper, and the many special guests who joined him in singing “We’ll Meet Again,” were highlights.

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Celebrate the Season Safely With These Candle Safety Tips

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

 Candle Safety TipsWhether you’re celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas, or Kwanzaa, the season of light is upon us. It doesn’t matter if you’re lighting one candle, or more than one on a candelabra, menorah, or kinara, you should keep in mind some simple candle safety tips to keep you and your family safe.

The National Fire Protections Association (NFPA) reports that an estimated 10,630 home structure fires are started by candles each year. On average 29 home fires started by candles are called in every day across the country. The fires have approximately 115 deaths, 903 civilian injuries and resulted in over $418 million in property damage. The Montclair Fire Department has already responded to a number of candle fires this season.

Below is important information about safe ways to use candles in the home from the NFPA:

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Breaking: Pedestrian Hit By Car on Grove and Walnut Streets, Montclair (Updated)

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 12:34pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

pedestrian hit

UPDATE: The pedestrian, Joe Lombardi, died on Friday, December 19, at UMDNJ Hospital, Newark, of injuries after being struck by a motor vehicle while crossing the intersection of Grove and Walnut streets in Montclair on Thursday. He was 90.

Authorities have not released any information. The case in being handled by the Essex County Prosecutor’s office.



Bloomfield Crime: Burglaries, Package Thefts, Arrests, and More

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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


On December 10, 2014 on the lower end of Chester Avenue, a 25 year old Bloomfield resident reported that his home was burglarized during the night while he was home. The victim reported to police that at 12:48 am, he heard a noise coming from his bedroom and when he went to investigate he witnessed a suspect climbing out of a window. The victim grabbed on to the suspect’s leg however he escaped, leaving a sneaker behind. Officers began an area search and shortly after, Officer Fabian Rojas located a suspect matching the description given by the victim. The suspect, missing one sneaker was identified as 36 year old Quaram J Armstrong of East Orange. Mr. Armstrong was placed under arrest and charged with burglary, theft and trespassing. The Honorable Judge John Paparazzo set a full no cash option bail at $50,000.00 and a court date of 12/18/14 is scheduled.

12/09/14 – On the 100 block of Glenwood Avenue, a 2nd floor attempted residential burglary was reported. The victim found her front door window broken but does not think that entry was gained to her home.

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Montclair Police Looking For Suspect in Attempted Carjacking at Fullerton Deck

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 3:56pm  |  COMMENTS (27)


A mother and her young daughter were the victims of an attempted carjacking/robbery yesterday, just after 6 p.m., at the North Fullerton Parking Deck., (14 North Fullerton Avenue) on a report of an attempted carjacking/robbery. Continue Reading

The Arc of Essex County Hosted Annual Home Assistance Program Holiday Party

BY  |  Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Arc of Essex County

The Arc of Essex County, an organization dedicated to helping children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, hosted the 25th annual Home Assistance Program holiday party at the Knights of Columbus in Livingston on Wednesday, December 10. Nineteen Essex County families are a part of The Arc of Essex County’s HAP program, which provides services to families whose child and/or parent has an intellectual or developmental disability and are considered to be low income.

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