East Orange Fire: Helping Hands to Those Left Behind

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

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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

3BR/3BA

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

7BR/3.5BA

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

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Sept. 28

BY  |  Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9:19am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Lots of relatively inexpensive and architecturally diverse offerings are among the 100-plus properties showing this weekend. Here are five:

montclair092884 Mt. Hebron Rd., Montclair

List Price: $479,000

Taxes: $12,494

Acreage: 0.12

3BR/1.1BA

New to the market, this eight-room colonial has an updated kitchen, floor-to-ceiling casement windows in the dining room, a bay window and a wood-burning fireplace in the living room and a first-floor den/office. There are hardwood floors throughout. Outside, there is a fenced-in yard, stone patio and perennial gardens. The circa 1948 house also has a partially finished basement and a one-car attached garage. Open 2 to 4 p.m.

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Go Out to an Old Ball Game in South Orange Saturday

BY  |  Friday, Sep 19, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Cameron Field in South Orange

Go enjoy some good old-fashioned American fun when South Orange hosts a 19th-century baseball game on Saturday,  September 20, at Cameron Field in South Orange for the 100th anniversary of the field “Where the legends played.”

Famous Yankee all- stars Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, and Whitey Ford played on Cameron Field, as well as several Negro League stars,  including Josh Gibson of the Pittsburgh Crawfords. It has also been the venue for many local teams, including Little League, school teams and adult leagues.

Part game, part show, part history lesson, and all fun, the Flemington, NJ Neshanock team will play against local volunteers in bare-handed baseball, wearing period uniforms and using rules from 1864. The event will also include a short lesson on the history of the game and a recitation of “Casey at the Bat,” as well as a few interesting surprise appearances, such as Larry Doby’s granddaughter, Nicole Lynn Frasier, who will share her memories of baseball and its significance to her when she was a child.

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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

3BR/2BA

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

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