Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Sept. 14

BY  |  Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 9:36am  |  COMMENTS (0)

It’s the busiest open house weekend in months, with more than 160 properties showing. This week’s highlights include new listings in Montclair, Glen Ridge and Bloomfield. And, a historic house in Bloomfield lived in by prominent local families is also open.

montclair091411 Willowdale Ct., Montclair

List Price: $369,000

Taxes: $8,750

Acreage: 0.12


New to the market, this eight-room colonial has an open floor plan, an updated kitchen with granite countertops, hardwood floors, a jacuzzi tub in the main bathroom, a fireplace in the living room, a bay window in the dining room and a patio. The heating and cooling systems have been upgraded, and the water heater and roof are newer. There is a finished, full basement. There is no garage. The house, built in 1923 and renovated in 2006, is located on a cul-de-sac. Open 1 to 4 p.m.

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Boo! Dog Walk Of The Dead To Benefit Montclair Animal Shelter

Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

dog walkYou’re already seeing decorations in stores and yes, before you know it, Halloween will be here. Time to come up with a costume for your pooch, because Montclair’s big Halloween party is for the dogs — and will benefit the Montclair Animal Shelter. Continue Reading

Nutley Police Ask For Assistance For Missing Person

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 7:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Julia DellaguzzoNutley Police Department and the New Jersey State Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a missing “at risk” person.

Ms. Julia Dellaguzzo (85, female, white, 5’05”, 140 pounds, brown eyes, brown hair) was last seen at 44 Park Avenue, Nutley, on Wednesday, August 27. Only known clothing description, dark capri style pants, no known destinations. It is not known if Ms. Julia Dellaguzzo used any type of transportation.

Julia Dellaguzzo, does have onset dementia and previously resided, 126 Malone Ave, Belleville, N.J.

If you have information that can assist in helping safely locate Julia Dellaguzzo, please call 911 or contact the Nutley Police Department at (973) 284-4940




Fire in Clifton Kills 11 Dogs

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 7:08pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Your Family Pet Sitters

A fire that broke out today just before 1 pm in Clifton, killed 11 dogs, reports  The home at  also housed the resident’s business Your Family Pet Sitters.

Clifton FD Deputy Chief Michael Sauer saidthe homeowner was not home when the fire began. When she came home, she says she found the house on fire and the animals trapped inside the house. She was only able to save two of them.

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Beautiful, Musical Day at Montclair Jazz Festival 2014

BY  |  Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 11:12am  |  COMMENTS (0)

IMG_9514Montclair’s Nishuane Park was the place to be yesterday, as gorgeous weather and incredible jazz came together at the Montclair Jazz Festival 2014.

An appreciative crowd grew as the day went on and were treated to amazing performances from young talented musicians from Jazz House Kids, and headliners including an insane set from John Scofield with Christian McBride and later, Chuchito Valdes, who closed the show and had the crowd cheering and dancing.


Baristanet was proud to be a media sponsor for the Montclair Jazz Festival and we loved meeting old readers and making new ones at our booth, and handing out our Baristanet frisbees and beach balls. Check out photos throughout the day in our Montclair Jazz Festival slide show below and visit Barista Kids to see all the young jazz fans.

Photos: Arthur Kobin

S. Epatha Merkerson looks on as Jazz House Kids founder Melissa Walker singing Nina Simone with Oscar Perez on keys.

S. Epatha Merkerson looks on as Jazz House Kids founder Melissa Walker singing Nina Simone with Oscar Perez on keys.

Jazz House Kids Faculty: Radam Schwartz, Julius Tolentino, Mike Lee, Ted Chubb and Ed Palermo.

Jazz House Kids Faculty: Radam Schwartz, Julius Tolentino, Mike Lee, Ted Chubb and Ed Palermo.

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See You At The Montclair Jazz Festival Today!

BY  |  Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 7:14am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Jazz Festival

Today’s the big day and we will be there — at the Montclair Jazz Festival at Nishuane Park. Enjoy eight hours of FREE music performed by headliners including John Scofield, Chuchito Valdez and many more, as well as the next generation of jazz musicians from Jazz House Kids (check out today’s music schedule). And on the mic as Montclair Jazz Festival’s mistress of ceremonies? Law & Order star S. Epatha Merkerson.

There will be many wonderful food vendors (including Bonjour Montclair, Suzy Ques BBQ and Pig & Prince), the MAM Art Truck and North Coast Beer Garden! Park and ride the Jazz Festival shuttle which will run on a loop approximately every 20 minutes from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. between the parking area and the festival site. The Shuttle will pick up at Hillside School (Hillside Avenue side) and drop off at Nishuane Park Festival Site (Cedar Avenue Side) Free parking is also available at the Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Ave.) a short walk to the Hillside School shuttle stop. Besides great music, there will be also be activities for kids, too, including the Family Jazz Discovery Zone. Continue Reading

What Being a CASA Advocate for Foster Children in Essex County Is All About

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

CASA Essex Volunteer AdvocatesWhether it’s at the door, over the phone, or through the mail, most of us are familiar with charities and advocacy groups asking us for our “likes” and signatures and money. But once we have given what we’re asked, there is very little follow-up – and even less satisfaction. Essex County CASA for Children offers you a chance for more.

With more than 2,100 children in foster care throughout Essex County, there is great need for advocacy. There are more than 1,000 foster children in Essex County who do not have a CASA advocate, and are in need of one. Becoming a CASA advocate on behalf of a foster child in Essex County allows those who donate their time a chance to see the benefit of their work first hand, and in a tangible, true way.CASA Essex

Karen Burns, the Executive Director for CASA-Essex, emphasizes the important role volunteers have, “Right now we are able to serve just over a quarter of the children in foster care in Essex County. With more volunteers we would have the capacity to serve many more abused and neglected children who are very much in need of a CASA Advocate.” Ms. Burns adds that there is an especially great need for male advocates. Continue Reading

Essay: There Is Nothing Special About This Glen

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (3)


There is nothing special about this Glen.

Which is exactly what is special about it.

It’s a little spot of green that hugs a creek and some train tracks under a commuter town filled with gently aging Victorians, massive and occasionally lethal oaks, and a class of generally enlightened, nice and attractive strivers. The train takes you into New York City in 25 minutes, and the town just happens to be the place where I’ve lived the past 25 years.

I’ve raised two children here, which means I’m at the stage of life when just about anywhere in the world suddenly is on the table as a potential place to move. In that sense, I’m just like my kids. They’re just starting their adult lives; they could wind up anywhere. Diplomas are like visas: invitations to cross borders, explore new lands. I don’t have a current visa myself — my last diploma was in 1983 — but that doesn’t mean I’m not daydreaming about where to go next. In fact, moving almost feels inevitable, eventually, if only because of the $17,000-a-year property taxes. Continue Reading

Bloomfield Council Gives Final Approval on Lion Gate Property, Animal Shelter To Become True “No-Kill”

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 8:08am  |  COMMENTS (3)

Council81114The Bloomfield Council voted to approve on second reading the ordinance appropriating $10.5 million (including the issuance of $9.975m in bonds or notes) to enable the township to purchase the former Scientific Glass property on Lion Gate Drive for open space and recreational use.

The vote was 5-2, with Councilmen Lopez and Bernard voting no. Councilman Lopez had previously urged the council to put the issue on the ballot as a referendum in the fall. He introduced a resolution to do so at the July 21st conference meeting, but it failed on a vote of 5-2.

Lopez reiterated his desire for a referendum at Monday evening’s meeting. He said that although he is in favor of open space, there are other places in town that could accommodate soccer fields. He said, “This is a tale of two cities: those who are in favor of open space and those who are struggling to pay the bills.” Continue Reading

Sponsored Post: Fabulous Custom Mid-Century Home For Sale in Montclair

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 10:30am

15 Victoria Terrace.  Open house - Sunday, August 17, 2-4 p.m.

15 Victoria Terrace. Open house – Sunday, August 17, 2-4 p.m.

A fabulous, updated, custom mid-century home on rare cul-de-sac, this 5-bedroom home is set in an ideal location, blocks from Upper Montclair Village and Watchung Plaza restaurants, shops and the Midtown Direct train line.

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The home is distinguished by a spacious, eat-in kitchen, remodeled with Silestone counter tops and stainless steel appliances, that opens to an airy and light living room. Two wood-burning fireplaces, a ground floor family room and a large studio/office offer options for work and play. Continue Reading

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The cops don't need to be everywhere at once, the penalties need to be harsh. It is not hyperbole JC. No one is slowing down for a few hundred bucks. 5k or 10k and you can be sure that "speed won't be creeping up" on folks.

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