Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Oct. 26

BY  |  Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 1:34pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Just about 120 properties are showing in Baristaville this Sunday, including the following six:

glenridge1026101 Carteret St., Glen Ridge

List Price: $339,000

Taxes: $9,721

Acreage: 0.09


Featuring an updated kitchen and bathroom, this seven-room colonial is new to the market. The house, built in 1925, was just painted, has a wood-burning fireplace, cove moldings and new laminate floors. There is an unfinished basement; there is no garage. Open 2 to 4 p.m.

Also showing in Glen Ridge, 525 Belleville Ave., an 11-room colonial on the market for about six weeks, has six bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, an updated kitchen, porch and patio. But perhaps most noteable is the renovated two-bedroom apartment over the garage. The property is listed at $659,000. Taxes are $17,157. Open 2 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

S.O.F.I.A. Candlelight Vigil For Domestic Violence Awareness and Financial Makeover

BY  |  Friday, Oct 24, 2014 5:22pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Logo_SOFIAMontclair’s S.O.F.I.A. is hosting two events for – and in support of – women: Continue Reading

Montclair To Vote On Mandatory Sick Leave Ordinance

BY  |  Friday, Oct 24, 2014 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (18)

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In November Montclair will join Trenton to vote on a ballot question to adopt an ordinance which would require Montclair private-sector employers to allow their employees who work in the Township to accrue paid sick leave. In August, the Township Council  had the opportunity to enact the ordinance without it going to the ballot, but elected to leave the decision to the voters after receiving a petition with 1,106 signatures in favor.

Freeholder Brendan Gill, Deputy Mayor Robert Russo, and 3rd Ward Councilman Sean Spiller have been vocal supporters of the ordinance. On the other side of the debate, Upper Montclair Business Association President Diane Esty has questioned the impact on small business owners and how it could be enforced by the township.

The ballot question and explanation reads as follows:

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100 Candles – A Celebration of the 100th Birthday of the Bellevue Avenue Library

Friday, Oct 24, 2014 11:15am  |  COMMENTS (1)

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The Friends of the Bellevue Avenue Library with the support of the Montclair Public Library and the Montclair Public Library Foundation welcomed the community to 100 Candles – a celebration of the 100th Birthday of the Bellevue Avenue Library this past Saturday Oct. 18.

More than 200 children and their families joined in the celebration. Sivan Vigder of Music for Aardvarks had the kids singing along and playing musical instruments as he entertained them with their favorite Aardvark songs. The talented Justin Canha drew throughout the event, providing the children with original works of art featuring their favorite cartoon characters. Puppet Time presented two hilarious puppet shows about 100-year-old puppets and birthday parties. Librarian Justin Kontonicolaou and the Teen Advisory Board helped the children create their own 3D pop up birthday cards, decorate their own birthday cookies, and add personal greetings to the Centennial Banner. Face painter Jonathan McDevitt made many faces even happier. Continue Reading

These Are the People in the Pine Street Neighborhood

BY  |  Friday, Oct 24, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

POPs: Portraits on Pine Street

Aristotle is quoted as saying, “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” The POPS: Portraits on Pine Street project shows the inward significance of  the people of the community of Montclair. Looking at the faces, each person’s story is revealed. The strength in the mother’s eyes. The wisdom in the father’s stare. The joy in the young child’s smile. These are our neighbors. These are Montclair residents.

Mary Z, owner of 73 See Gallery, has big ambitions. Her Pine Street art gallery has turned into more than a space for local artists. It’s like a community center for the area families. She conceived of the idea of the POPs: Portraits on Pine Street as a community art project to help celebrate, recognize and unify our neighbors both within our neighborhood and our larger community. She asked neighborhood artist Seth Ruggles Hiler to paint the portraits of residents. They planned to do 100 and created a Kickstarter for the funds, but the campaign fell short. When Baristanet learned of the project, we made a donation to help.

“Our community has very few businesses and raising funds for our community projects and events is difficult at best. We held a kickstarter campaign to try and fund POPs in the way we envisioned and fell short. Baristanet really came to the rescue enabling us to fulfill this most critical piece of the project – printing high quality archival reproductions of each of the portraits to give to each of our sitters both to honor them and to commemorate their involvement.” says Mary Z.

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Classics on the Big Screen Weekends at The Clairidge in Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Oct 24, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (7)


Picture this. Getting an early morning Sunday sitter, enjoying a long, lingering breakfast at Raymond’s, walking with your sweetheart on Church Street, then taking in a classic film on the big screen. Isn’t it romantic? It’s on my new weekend date wishlist. Bowtie Cinemas “Cine Classics” Classic Film Series will make it happen every Saturday and Sunday morning at Clairidge Cinema in Montclair. 

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John Herrmann Named New Montclair Fire Department Chief

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Montclair Fire Department Outgoing Township Manager Marc Dashield appointed Deputy Fire Chief John Herrmann as Montclair’s new Fire Chief. Hermann, who has served the department for 33 years, will be sworn in to the position later this month.

“After an extensive review of several candidates for the position, Deputy Chief Hermann stood out as someone with outstanding leadership abilities and I am certain Montclair will be well-served with John at the helm,” said Township Manager Dashield.”

“This is truly an honor,” says Herrmann. “Montclair has always taken pride in the work of its Fire Department and I will do my utmost to continue moving the department forward with even greater outreach and superior service to the communities we serve.”

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Forum On DeCamp Issues Yields Frustration, Suggestions

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (11)

The DeCamp forum of October 22 at the Watchung Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield was sparsely attended.

The DeCamp forum of October 22 at the Watchung Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield was sparsely attended.

It was raining heavily outside the Watchung Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield, while a public meeting addressing problems with DeCamp Bus Lines went on inside with residents expressing anger over DeCamp’s substandard service, just as with the previous meeting on April 30. But the October 22 meeting, meant to follow up on the concerns about DeCamp raised nearly six months earlier, unfolded very differently. For one thing, representatives from DeCamp refused to show up. Also, few members of the public showed up as well. Bloomfield Second Ward Councilman Nicholas Joanow explained his frustration with DeCamp by pointing out that he had asked the company to send someone for the meeting, only to be told that there was a schedule conflict and that DeCamp had nothing more to say.

Joanow praised his fellow panelists at the meeting, State Senator Ronald Rice and State Assemblyman Ralph Caputo, both Democrats from the 28th Legislative District, for their willingness to have a dialogue with DeCamp to address riders’ concerns and improve service.  He added that a vibrant, efficient bus service like DeCamp was “a critical component” to enhance the quality of life in Bloomfield  by providing access to New York City.

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Bloomfield Council Approves Developer’s Agreement for 110 Washington Street

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Bloomfield Council approved a developer’s agreement for  110 council10_20_14Washington Street, which is located behind the Bloomfield Train Station, at Monday evening’s conference meeting.

Community Development Director Glenn Domenick explained that the property was included in the township’s original plan to redevelop the area around the train station, but the development “digressed.” (The owners, 110 Washington Street Associates, fought the township’s efforts to take the property by eminent domain and were ultimately able to get the property removed from the development area). The owners then planned to redevelop the property on their own. However, Domenick said, there were various hold-ups, and the owners eventually filed a lawsuit against the town, which was settled in 2011 in Bloomfield’s favor.

Since that time, Domenick said he has been working with the minority owners of 110 Washington Street Associates to move ahead with the development, which was initially approved by the Planning Board for 151 units. Originally the plan was for condominiums, but Domenick said after the meeting that banks are not loaning money for condos, and the units would be apartments.

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Bloomfield Crime: Several Burglaries and Arrests, and IRS Agent Scam

BY  |  Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 5:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimeSeveral burglaries, arrest, and an IRA agent scam in this week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:


10/13/14 – On the 500 block of East Passaic Avenue a bicycle was stolen between 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm from the garage of a residence.

10/13/14 – On the 200 block of Grove Street a self-storage bin was broken into and some personal papers were stolen. It has been a long time since the renter has been in the storage unit and a time frame for the burglary was not able to be reasonably determined.

10/15/14 – On Orchard Street between 10:50 am and 1:30 pm entry was made into a residence through an unlocked porch side door. Once inside the porch, the actors broke a small front door window and reached inside to unlock the door.  Proceeds are an X-Box game system, a Mac Book Pro lap top computer, and a coin jar containing $10.00 in change.

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