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

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, November 2

BY  |  Saturday, Nov 01, 2014 10:38am  |  COMMENTS (0)

About 120 properties are open this Sunday. Many new listings are among them.

64 myrtle64 Myrtle Ave., Montclair

List Price: $839,000

Taxes: $21,616

Acreage: 0.34


As seen in a new GAP commercial (directed by Sofia Coppola!) it’s easy to picture warm, family gatherings in this welcoming 7 bedroom 3 1/2 bath home. Contemporary updates include renovated kitchen, CAC, and a new master bath. Window seats, high ceilings, five fireplaces and a front porch add charm. A short walk to downtown Montclair center with dining, shops and entertainment. Open 2 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

Planting a Tree Where a Newark ShopRite Will Grow

BY  |  Friday, Oct 10, 2014 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

treeWe all know “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” but the Greater Newark Conservancy brought the idea to New Jersey on Tuesday with the kickoff of its tree-planting program in the city. The first of 80 trees took root on the future site of Newark’s new ShopRite supermarket at 32 Prince Street.

“My family and I are so pleased to be bringing a new ShopRite store to Newark and have been overwhelmed with the warm welcome and support we have received from the community. Partnering with the Greater Newark Conservancy and supporting this internship program is a wonderful way to give back to our new neighbors,” said Neil Greenstein, owner and operator of the future ShopRite of Newark, scheduled to open in April 2015.

“We are personally invested in  this neighborhood and the opportunity to serve the Newark community and its youth is a natural extension of our family’s 65 year history of service to the people of New Jersey.” Greenstein added.

The trees are coming to Newark’s Central Ward as part of a collaboration between the Conservancy, the Kimberly-Clark Corporation, ShopRite Newark and Wakefern Food Corporation. It’s all part of the Conservancy’s wider mission to promote environmental stewardship to improve the quality of life in New Jersey’s urban communities.

On hand for the planting on the ShopRite site were Congressman Donald M. Payne Jr., Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Council President Mildred C. Crump, Central Ward Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins, Greater Newark Conservancy Executive Director Robin Dougherty, ShopRite owner Neil Greenstein, Kimberly-Clark Sustainability Leader Peggy Ward, and Stephanie Greenwood of the City of Newark’s Sustainability Office.

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Senators Gillibrand and Booker Share Inspiration #OffTheSidelines in Montclair

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 6:08am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Sunday night’s Adult School of Montclair (ASM) and Watchung Booksellers free community event in the Montclair High School auditorium brought over 800 attendees to listen to Senator Gillibrand of New York and New Jersey’s Senator Booker share personal and professional stories meant to inspire as well as entertain. Gillibrand has been making the rounds on behalf of her new book Off The Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World.

Dr. Susan Cole, President of Montclair State University, gave a warm and welcoming introduction to the Senators replete with reasons why Senator Gillibrand’s book is important as an inspiration and push to get more girls involved in their communities.

The conversation between Gillibrand and Booker revealed the great respect and friendship between the two senators. Touching on topics related to Senator Gillibrand’s new book, Off The Sidelines, the conversation covered work/life balance, mentoring, role models, and the importance of a varied and consistent female voice in politics. Continue Reading

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