Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, May 31

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A just-listed penthouse on Union Street in Montclair is among the 187 properties showing in Baristaville this weekend. There are lots of new listings as well as some properties with recently reduced asking prices.

glenridge053138 Woodland Ave., Glen Ridge

List Price: $899,000

Taxes: $28,377

Acreage: 0.46


New to the market, this 12-room colonial has lots of architectural details, including high ceilings, hardwood floors, four fireplaces, built-ins, cedar closets and a deck. The electric has been updated and the underground oil tank has been removed. There is an unfinished basement and a two-car detached garage. The house was constructed in 1885. Open 1 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

Montclair High Alum Co-Creates and Stars in New Off Broadway Play

BY  |  Friday, May 29, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Tommy CrawfordMontclair is known as a place that draws an artistic crowd, but it’s also nurtured quite a few artists who grew up here.

Tommy Crawford is one example. A 2005 graduate of Montclair High, where he was the president of the School of Visual and Performing Arts, Crawford is making a name for himself in the New York theatre scene.

After graduating in theatre studies at Yale in 2009, where he was the recipient of the Metcalfe Prize for his work on his senior project an essay, Crawford went on to become a member of the resident acting ensemble, The Bats, at the off-off Broadway Flea Theater. He’s also performed in productions and workshops with The Ensemble Studio Theater/Youngblood, NY Fringe, Ars Nova, New York Theatre Workshop, The Lark and others.

But his biggest project to date happens on June 23 when the first play he co-created and directed the music for opens Off Broadway. Sea Wife is a concert play, which is, as the phrase implies, a mixture of a concert and a play, in which actors are also band members who play music on stage.

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Montclair Photographer Showcases the Town’s Most Picturesque Homes in New Book

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Stately Homes of MontclairIf you’re like me, you have a few Montclair “dream” homes (there is a large white house on Upper Mountain Avenue with gorgeous wrap around porches and balconies that is my favorite). Truth is, so many Montclair homes are beautiful, but some just stand out. Montclair photographer and videographer Andrew Wander has put together a collection of 50 stand out—or what he calls “Stately”—in his coffee table book “Stately Homes of Montclair.”

Stately Homes of Montclair ($59.95) features beautiful photography of the town’s most picturesque houses. Wander started this project seven years ago after moving to town from Bergen County. He came up with the idea after visiting a bookstore and seeing some coffee table books of other great towns and thought Montclair didn’t have anything to showcase its charm.

Wander would drive around town and stop at the homes that struck his attention. “I started knocking on doors telling the homeowners about my project and thankfully 95 percent said sure,” says Wander.

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Councilor Spiller to Host Montclair Third Ward Community Meeting June 3

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Sean SpillerThird Ward Councilor Sean Spiller will hold a community meeting on Wednesday, June 3 to address residents’ concerns on the Township’s area in need of redevelopment study that includes the Seymour Street area. The meeting will be held from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Municipal Building second floor conference room, 205 Claremont Avenue. Township Planner Janice Talley and consultant architect Ira Smith will be present to answer questions from the community.

Earlier this year, the Township Council determined that Seymour Street, Glenridge Avenue, and Lackawanna Station meet the legal requirements for “area in need of redevelopment” designation. Another public hearing on the redevelopment investigation is scheduled before the Planning Board on June 22.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend and will have an opportunity to ask questions and express their concerns.

Baristanet Profile: Jen Lange

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Jen Lange

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

Name: Jen Lange

Where do you live? Bloomfield, NJ with my husband, two daughters and our cat, Tesla.

When did you move there? May 2005

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Silver Spring, MD, which is in the suburbs, right outside Washington, DC. That is what attracted us to the Montclair area.

How do you make a living? I am the art director for Networked Politics and Cool Dame. We create logos and other brand work, and build websites for local businesses – doctors and therapists, software and insurance companies, food purveyors and farmers markets, and so on. It’s very interesting to learn about their businesses and make a significant contribution to their marketing and growth. Some afternoons and weekends I also spend teaching hands-on STEM enrichment classes and camp at L3 Academy. Aspiring engineers and computer programmers build and program robots. Young scientists get a bang out of class as they use the scientific method to ignite, explode and pop their experiments.

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Hurlock Discusses Street Improvements, Affordable Housing, Senior Services at Community Meeting

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Montclair First Ward Councilor William Hurlock addresses constituents at his May 28 community meeting.

Montclair First Ward Councilor William Hurlock addresses constituents at his May 28 community meeting.

Montclair First Ward Councilor William Hurlock held his latest community meeting at the Montclair Public Library’s Bellevue Avenue branch on May 28, and the meeting was mostly more settled than previous First Ward meetings due to the biggest bone of contention in the ward – the Master Plan – having been settled itself.  Councilor Hurlock said he was pleased there would be no six-story buildings constructed in the business district, with only the A&P lot left open for possible development in the future.

The First Ward’s streets and avenues remained an ongoing issue, as many residents voiced the need for their streets to be redone. Councilor Hurlock said that the township has been trying to catch up with the backlog of streets that need work.  Councilor Hurlock said that the street projects were on a two-tiered system, with some streets rebuilt through what Montclair Public Works and Parks Superintendent Rob Bianco, who was present at the meeting, called a “design and build” program, with the recently redone Fernwood Avenue and Glenwood Road cited as recent examples, and others where basic curbing and/or paving is being taken care of, such as on Cooper Avenue.  The councilor said that part of the problem was that many First Ward streets have not qualified for community development block grant funding, so resources have not been readily available.

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Bloomfield Crime: Burglaries, Theft, and Several Arrests

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


5/18/15 – On the 200 block of Belleville Avenue a resident reported a burglary to their apartment which occurred between 9:30 am and 1:30 pm. A bedroom window was determined to be the point of entry for the burglary and the victim reported that a jewelry box containing some gold pieces, a diamond ring and a passport were stolen.

On May 19, 2015 at 10:42 am, a 20 year old Bloomfield resident, was sleeping in her bedroom when she was woken up by a noise coming from the living room. When she went to investigate she discovered a man standing in her living room. She described the suspect as being African American, approximately 6’1″ tall, wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt (hood pulled up), black sweat pants and a red and black back pack. The suspect became startled when he encountered the victim and fled the residence through the living room window which was also determined to have been the point of entry of the burglary. The victim quickly called 911 and a search was conducted. No suspect was located.

On May 21, 2015 at approximately 10:15 am, a 36 year old Bloomfield resident was home when she noticed a man standing in her living room. The victim screamed scaring the suspect who then ran out of the front door and fled on foot. A kitchen window was determined to be the point of entry in this apartment burglary. The victim described the suspect as being a tall black male wearing a camouflage style hooded sweater, brown shorts and multi colored Jordan sneakers. At the time of the report nothing was reported taken from the apartment.

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Montclair Resident A Winner in the Essex County Legacies Writing Contest

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Robin Ehrlichman Woods Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and the Essex County Division of Senior Services recognized the writing talents of eight Essex County residents during the Annual Essex County Senior Legacies Writing Contest Celebration Luncheon at Il Tulipano in Cedar Grove, on Wednesday, May 27. The Legacies Writing Contest encourages Essex senior citizens to write essays about the people and events that have influenced their lives.

Robin Ehrlichman Woods from Montclair won for her essay titled, “I’m (Finally!) Ready for my Close Up.” Woods is an Executive Producer and talk show host on Montclair’s TV34.

Along with Woods, the Grand Prize winners were “Freddie’s” by East Orange resident Carol T. Jenkins, “A DY in North Carolina” by Caldwell resident Robert S. Kaplan, and “How I Met Your Father” by Nutley resident Eleanor Slomkowski. The winning essays were assigned to students to read aloud at Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts, East Orange.

l-r: Jaklyn DeVore, Director Essex County Division of Senior Services; Robin Woods; Gloria Williams-Benoit, Division Senior Services; Adissa Simpore student at Cicely Tyson School of Performing Arts East Orange.

l-r: Jaklyn DeVore, Director Essex County Division of Senior Services; Robin Woods; Gloria Williams-Benoit, Division Senior Services; Adissa Simpore student at Cicely Tyson School of Performing Arts East Orange.

Stories receiving honorable mention awards were “Lillie Street Mystery” by Orange resident Clarence Boseman, “Hello, Good-bye” by Cedar Grove resident Peggy LaVake, “The Second Basement” by Cedar Grove resident Rosalie Paddock and “Passover Seder” by Nutley resident Francine Rosman.

“Our Senior Citizen Legacies Writing Contest is a unique way for our older population to share their life’s stories and describe the people and events that helped to shape their lives,” DiVincenzo said. “Our seniors’ stories make you laugh and they touch your heart. They provide us with a different perspective on historical events and what our society was like,” he added.

Woods’ essay certainly does makes you laugh and touches your heart. Read it below:

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Bloomfield Artist Exhibits Art Collection Bloomfield in NYC Gallery

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Jessica Rohrer

Jessica Rohrer, a Bloomfield resident and artist, will show her decade long project of depicting the homes and neighborhoods in which she has lived—from Wisconsin to Brooklyn to New Jersey—in her exhibition titled Bloomfield at PPOW Gallery in NYC.

Bloomfield is comprised of 23 new paintings and 18 works on paper of interior settings, street scenes and garden views of her domestic suburban life derived from her immediate surroundings. Each exhibition, or chapter of Rohrer’s life, reflects her journey as she travels a road familiar to many.

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Montclair Crime: Arrests, Theft, Vandalism

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


05-18-2015 (Bloomfield Avenue) Mr. Earle Blake, 41yoa from Montclair, was arrested on warrants out of Montclair totaling $558, as well as a no bail warrant from the Essex County Sheriffs.

05-22-2015 (Park Street) Mr. Leslie Davies, 54yoa from Orange, was arrested for striking a female associate repeatedly with a walking cane. This assault occurred in the bus stop shelter at the YMCA on Park Street. Both parties were intoxicated. The female victim sustained a laceration to the face. Mr. Davies was charged with Weapon Possession and Aggravated Assault.

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I’d love to take the family to see Robin Hood on stage and his attempts to help the 99%!

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