Montclair High School’s SVPA Presents Pippin

Thursday, May 05, 2016 8:59am  |  COMMENTS (0)


SVPA, the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Montclair High School, presents the Broadway musical Pippin this weekend, May 6 & 7, and next weekend, May 13, 14 and 15. Directed by SVPA’s Brenda Pepper, the show brings together a student cast, crew, and band to explore Pippin’s classic quest for the elusive meaning of life. Don’t miss your chance to experience the magic at the Little Theater at the George Inness Annex. Tickets are available at (Pippin deals with mature themes and may not be suitable for younger audiences.)

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The Long Goodbye: Final Montclair BOE Meeting For Deutsch, Cummings, Kulwin

BY  |  Thursday, May 05, 2016 8:26am  |  COMMENTS (10)

The Montclair Board of Education adhered to its strict tradition of continuing public business after midnight, as its May 4 workshop meeting turned into a May 5 meeting.  Just before midnight, after a presentation on improving math performance in middle school and high school, a review of the recent application for a charter school in town, and public comment, the meeting was about to come to an end with the voting on standard, routine resolutions.

Then David Deutsch, one of three school board members attending their last meeting, dropped a bombshell of a resolution as a parting gift.

Deutsch proposed that a resolution calling for the proper accounting of monies and fees owed to the district by the Montclair Education Association (MEA), apparently concerning contract provisions, over a period of 33 years beginning in 1979.  Board member David Cummings, also at his last meeting,  said that he was insulted by Deutsch’s resolution and called it an attack on the union and its members, and Deutsch responded that he was only trying to ensure that the fiduciary responsibilities involved were proper and accounted for.

“David, I wish you’d had that same opinion about the investigation,” Cummings said, referring to the test leak investigation.  Cummings received accolades from many residents in public comment for his stand against the investigation, and when Deutsch tried to elaborate on his reasons for demanding the MEA accounting, residents drowned him out with continued applause for Cummings. Continue Reading

Glen Ridge Crime: Arrest in Home Burglary, Theft, Fraud, and More

BY  |  Wednesday, May 04, 2016 3:55pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimeThis week in Glen Ridge crime from Lieutenant Timothy Faranda:

Press release on arrest: On April 25th, 2016 at 11:49 PM, Glen Ridge Officer’s responded to the area of High Street for a reported burglary in progress to the residence. The homeowner had contacted 9-1-1 and reported hearing an unknown person in the basement of the house. Officers responded and searched the residence and area, however were unable to locate a suspect. It was then confirmed that the residence was burglarized and that the actor had fled the scene. The Glen Ridge Detective Bureau responded and processed the scene for evidence. As a result of the investigation, a suspect was identified as being the actor who had burglarized the residence. On April 28th, 2016, Mr. Cristian Martinez, 22 years of age, of Newark NJ was arrested by D/Sgt. Daniel Manley, Det. Michael Medico and Officer Charles Roberts. The suspect was transported to the Glen Ridge Police Department and charged with Burglary and Theft. He has since been remanded to the Essex County Correctional Facility.

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Montclair Council Considers “Mixed Use” Instead of Assisted Living

BY  |  Wednesday, May 04, 2016 8:30am  |  COMMENTS (17)

Montclair Council, at last night’s conference meeting, discussed a few items up for review at its next regular meeting, scheduled for May 24.  At last night’s meeting, the last one before the May 10 election (Mayor Robert Jackson and all but one of the six councilors face no opposition on the ballot), a resolution urging the U.S. Congress to adopt a revenue-neutral carbon tax faced particular scrutiny from the mayor.

The Montclair Township Council

The Montclair Township Council

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Montclair Crime: Several Apartment Burglaries, Attempted Shoplifting at Kings, Graffiti

BY  |  Tuesday, May 03, 2016 2:10pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Crime: String Of Burglaries, One Seen by Homeowner on Remote SurveillanceThe week in Montclair Crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:


04-29-2016 (Park Street) Ms. Marlana Phillips, 25yoa from East Orange, was arrested and charged with disorderly persons for refusing to leave Just Jakes restaurant and refusing to comply with officers. She was also discovered to have an open warrant out of Summit ($145).

04-29-2016 (Valley Road) Mr. Kevin Callery, 30yoa from Bloomfield, was arrested on a $220 warrant out of Lyndhurst, following a traffic stop.

04-29-2016 (Orange Road) Mr. Christian Cummins, 27yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with DWI resulting from a traffic stop.

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On Your Mark, Get Set, Go and Register for the 34th Montclair Run!

BY  |  Tuesday, May 03, 2016 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Run

The YMCA of Montclair and the Montclair Recreation Department will sponsor the 34th annual Montclair Run on Sunday, June 5. It’s a fun family day to benefit the community. The event features a 2 mile fun run/walk and a 10K (6.2 mile) road race. In addition to the races, there will be a health and wellness fair, sports massages, music, activities for kids, and a moonwalk.

The Montclair Run is a great way for everyone to kick off the start of the summer. More than 1,400 runners, walkers, volunteers, and spectators of all ages are expected to participate.

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Shop Local: Baristanet Mother’s Day Gift Guide

BY  |  Tuesday, May 03, 2016 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 8. If you need a little inspiration for what to buy for Mom, we’ve rounded up some great ideas. Here’s your Baristanet Mother’s Day Gift Guide:

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Bloomfield Council Moves Rent Control Ordinance, Animal Welfare Forward

BY  |  Tuesday, May 03, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Bloomfield Township Council held its May 2 conference meeting in the chambers room in anticipation of receiving a large amount of residents to offer  public comment on either side of the rent control ordinance scheduled for a vote.  The ordinance allows a landlord, at the expiration or termination of a lease, to request or receive an increase in up to three percent a year over and above the rent previously charged, or the percentage difference between the consumer price index three months before the lease is ended, and but not to exceed five percent.  Several residents appeared, ready with protest signs, to urge mayor Michael Venezia and the council to pass it.  The resident’s concerns were unfounded – it passed on first reading, 6-0, with First Ward Councilman Elias Chalet absent.

The Bloomfield Township Council

The Bloomfield Township Council

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Here’s What’s Blooming at the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens in May

BY  |  Monday, May 02, 2016 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens

For 89 years, the Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens opens its gates to the community to enjoy the sight of thousands of iris in bloom each May.

The Iris Gardens is internationally renowned as the largest public iris garden in the United States, with display beds containing nearly 1,500 iris varieties (around 14,000 plants) that produce over 100,000 blooms. It is a living museum of botanical preservation with some varieties dating back to the 1500s and is listed on both the State and National Registers of Historic Sites.

In addition to free visits to the spectacular iris display, the Iris Gardens offer great events throughout May. Here’s what’s blooming at the Iris Gardens this May:

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38th Annual Glen Ridge Arts Festival and Eco-Fair on Saturday, May 7

BY  |  Monday, May 02, 2016 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Glen Ridge Arts Festival and Eco-Fair

Every year on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, the Glen Ridge Arts Festival & Eco-Fair fills Ridgewood Avenue with beautiful art and crafts to purchase, games, foods, music an more. The 38th annual Glen Ridge Arts Festival & Eco-Fair happens this year on Saturday, May 7.

Artists and craftspeople from all over Essex County as well as other parts of New Jersey and the East Coast, will be showing and selling their crafts and art work. Each year participating artists and crafts people display their work at this show, which is put on by the Glen Ridge Art Patrons Association to raise money for community art programs and to provide scholarships for students going on to study Fine Art at the college level. Again this year, the Festival will be held in conjunction with the Glen Ridge Eco-Fair. Many area musicians will also be performing during the combined events.

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The Montclair Film Festival is one of the great joys of living in the area.

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