The Montclair Bikery Hosts Sandy Hook Cyclists

BY  |  Monday, Mar 30, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)


The Montclair Bikery was bustling on Sunday morning as 26 green-backed cyclists and their crew made a rolling pit-stop in the shop for bagels, coffee, and talk about the gun reforms they are asking of the US Congress. The Sandy Hook Ride on Washington (SHROW) had arrived!

IMG_1062Herb Jimenez, who rode with Team 26 last year as well, wanted to see if a Montclair stop would be feasible this year. When he reached out to  Dave Adornato, the owner of Montclair Bikery happily offered to host. A team from Montclair Bikery had already ridden a part of the way during last year’s trek, and they cycled with the SHROW from Montclair to Morristown again this year.

While the group of cyclists has some specific goals for Congress, the ride — or “Rolling Rally” — is also about raising awareness and inspiring the public to raise their voices and awareness to encourage action from Congress. Monte Frank, the founder and leader of the SHROW, Herb Jimenez, and Dave Adornato, all spoke briefly about what raising awareness about gun violence prevention and supporting the goals of Team 26 means to them before the group left for Morristown.

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SOMA Adult School Presents a Star-Studded Line-up at Celebrity Readings on March 30

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 19, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Celebrity Readings

Inspired by Isaiah Sheffer’s Selected Shorts at Symphony Space, Celebrity Readings brings you an evening of storytelling performed by celebrated Broadway players on March 30.

This year’s event brought to you by The South Orange-Maplewood Adult School will feature Zach Grenier, John Amos and Emily Zacharias.

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Manhole Explosions in Montclair and Verona Cause Road Closures

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 7:29pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

manhole explosionThe Montclair Police Department has reported at 5:30 pm this evening, they received a report of numerous manholes exploding on Claremont Avenue between North Mountain Avenue and the Verona border. As a result of this incident there is a sinkhole on Bloomfield Avenue at the intersection of Sunset Avenue in Verona.

The following streets are closed in both directions:

  • Bloomfield Avenue is closed at the intersection of Pompton Avenue, Verona, to the intersection of South Mountain Avenue (Montclair).
  • Claremont Avenue is closed from North Mountain Avenue to the Verona border.
  • MPD says there are no reported injuries or power outages at this time. Both PSE&G and the Montclair and Verona Fire Departments are on scene investigating the cause of the explosion.



    Montclair Society of Engineers to Host Talk on NY Bridges Tonight

    BY  |  Friday, Feb 20, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

    Bear Mountain BridgeNowadays, when we think of the bridges that cross the Hudson River, we tend to think of the Tappan Zee and the George Washington Bridges, but when New York’s Bear Mountain Bridge was erected in 1924, it was the longest suspension bridge in existence. It was also the first suspended bridge to have a concrete deck, and the first automobile bridge to cross the Hudson south of Albany. In fact, it paved the way for the Tappan Zee, the GWB and countless other suspension bridges in the New York metro region.

    The Bear Mountain Bridge, which connects Rockland and Westchester counties, will be the subject of a talk at the Montclair Society of Engineers tonight when Harry Stanton, former Executive Director of the New York State Bridge Authority and Program Coordinator of the New York State DOT, will talk about the history of the bridge on the occasion of its 90th anniversary.

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    Restaurant Review: Ariane Kitchen & Bar

    BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (12)

    arianeAriane Duarte closed her beloved Montclair restaurant CulinAriane because she no longer wanted to run a special occasion place, she said, but “wanted to have fun.” She appears to have gotten her wish with her new restaurant in Verona, Ariane Kitchen & Bar. When we left the restaurant last Friday night, we had to shove past the crowds that had gathered at the bar — a robust and lively bunch that were clearly happy to be at Duarte’s hot new venture. While I have to say I preferred the quiet intimacy of her last place — which probably has something to do with the fact that I’m middle aged, and my tastes now veer more toward the tranquil and less toward the raucous — I’m happy to say Duarte’s food is still top notch.

    Seated in the back, in one of the restaurant’s funky and plush oversized seats, I had to the chase the waiter away when he approached the table with our third helping of croissants, the bread that is served before the meal. As good as it was, I heeded every mother’s exhortation to not “spoil my dinner” by filling up beforehand.

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    Bowling For Homes

    BY  |  Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

    HOMECorp Housing Bowl

    The 7th annual HOMECorp Housing Bowl happens at Eagle Rock Lanes on Sunday, February 8 and you’re invited to play.

    To get on the lanes, just raise the $100 entry fee (or $600 for each team of six bowlers). Then show up and play—games, shoes, food and drinks are included! All proceeds will benefit HOMECorp, an ecumenical, community-based non-profit organization which aims to improve and develop permanent affordable housing in Montclair, NJ.

    There will be prizes for the highest and lowest individual and team scores, most creative costume/team t-shirts, and for most money raised by a team.

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    Nutley Woman, Killed in Apparent Murder-Suicide, Was Bloomfield High Grad

    Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 10:32am  |  COMMENTS (2)

    christina prestianniYesterday, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray identified victims in an apparent murder/suicide in Nutley. Continue Reading

    East Orange Fire: Helping Hands to Those Left Behind

    BY  |  Thursday, Dec 11, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (2)

    Lanore Carter-Love

    Breiona Love and her 6-week old daughter Lanore Carter-Love perished in the fire with three other family members.

    House fires are always a frightening possibility, and this time of year is the beginning of a dangerous time. Sadly, this Sunday morning brought horrific news to the family and friends of the Horton Family of East Orange. Four adults and a six-week old infant, all from the same family, perished in a fire that ravaged three homes and brought over 80 firefighters to the area. Those who have experienced a house fire know the long-term devastation and lasting repercussions of an event such as this. In this case, it is all the more tragic because multiple generations of a family have been affected.

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    R.I.P. Salvatore Siano (DeCamp Bus Driver Extraordinaire) UPDATED

    BY  |  Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014 6:13pm  |  COMMENTS (10)

    R.I.P.  Salvatore Siano (DeCamp Bus Driver Extraordinaire)Longtime DeCamp bus riders are remembering Sal this week.

    Salvatore Siano, known to many as Sal, the friendliest, most entertaining DeCamp bus driver, drove his route into NYC on the 66 for more than 40 years before retiring in 2010. Sal passed away on December 4.

    If you never had the privilege of riding Sal’s bus, Montclair’s Ian Frazier described Sal beautifully in this New Yorker essay. Continue Reading

    Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Nov. 23

    BY  |  Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 10:01pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

    About 80 properties are open this weekend, including a few interesting fixer-uppers in Glen Ridge and Millburn.

    montclair1123174 S. Mountain Ave., Montclair

    List Price: $679,000

    Taxes: $19,366

    Acreage: 0.53


    Featuring marble floors and wood molding, this eight-room ranch also has hardwood floors, new central air, a fireplace in the living room and a patio. The basement is finished, and there is a two-car attached garage. The house, which was built in 1964, has been on the market for just over a month. Open 1 to 4 p.m.

    montclair1123_2Also an eight-room ranch, 144 Summit Ave., Montclair has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, a foyer with skylights and radiant heat, a fireplace in the living room, a partially finished basement and a two-car attached garage. The circa 1956 house, which is new to the market, is listed at $769,000; taxes are $23,426. Open 2 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

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    Thanks for reporting on this, Steven. I'm looking forward to learning about the Board's vision for the district with the addition of Eve Robinson and Laura Hertzog.

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