Sponsored Post: Manhattan Bagel Has A Special Offer Just For Baristanet Readers

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 12:22pm

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Happy customers, great food, and giving back to the community is the mission of Manhattan Bagel. Montclair’s newly opened Manhattan Bagel hit a bump during its grand opening in June, leaving a number of Baristanet readers dissatisfied. Manhattan Bagel would like to reintroduce the store to Baristanet readers and celebrate its arrival in Montclair — again — with a month-long 50% discount on all orders starting August 1 and good through August 31. Continue Reading

Volunteers Needed at The Montclair Jazz Festival, Free T-Shirt and Great Music in Return

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

the montclair jazz festivalWant to hear free great jazz music, give back to your community and celebrate the arts?  The Montclair Jazz Festival needs volunteers to to help produce another outstanding Montclair event on August 16.

Jazz House Kids relies on the continued commitment of volunteers to continue to produce events. Three hour shifts are needed to assist up with park setup and breakdown, festival hospitality, artist and vendor relations, merchandise sales, and more.

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Montclair Planning Board Discusses MC Hotel: Design, Parking, and Everything Else (Updated)

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 8:30am  |  COMMENTS (32)

An artist's rendering of two versions of the MC Hotel at the corner of Bloomfield Avenue and Orange  Road

An artist’s rendering of two versions of the MC Hotel at the corner of Bloomfield Avenue and Orange Road

Update: Pinnacle Companies issued a statement following the meeting. See statement at end of story.

Testimony on the proposed MC Hotel, having supposedly been wrapped up at the Montclair Planning Board’s July 14 meeting, continued at its July 28 meeting after an eleventh-hour hearing on the issue from the Montclair Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) four days earlier.  The testimony, which also included explanations of parking and traffic issues, ended with favorable opinions from the public over securing a Marriott-branded hotel but with urgings to improve the architectural design.  Developer Brian Stolar, having been in discussions with the HPC, was pleased that the commission did not find the building a detriment to neighboring historic districts while downplaying its finding that the building as designed does not harmonize with existing structures.

Both Stolar and architect Michael Maturo defended the design and their efforts to accommodate a building to the acutely angled shape of the property at Bloomfield Avenue and Orange Road while providing a distinctive corner facade to provide a gateway for people entering Montclair via Bloomfield Avenue from the West Essex region.

Stolar said he was striving to integrate elements of design and building materials from historic Montclair buildings into a fresh, eclectic look.   Both he and Maturo said that the objective was to convey a design that would allow someone entering Montclair to project a circular shape from the top down at the corner, with a mix of glass and metal to distinguish the upper and lower portions and a halo at the top to complement the effect and make a statement that the hotel was a symbol of having arrived in town.  A  spire or a cupola, they said, would not fit the geometry.  They showed renderings without the halo rooftop element  to illustrate how ineffective the hotel would be in making such a statement. Continue Reading

Dog Walking 101 at South Mountain Reservation

BY  |  Monday, Jul 28, 2014 6:38pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Dog Walking 101 at South Mountain ReservationCome learn the basics on how to best walk your dog in a public setting and see some of the proper equipment to own so you and your furry friends can make the most out of your time in our local parks. This program will be hosted by Joel Tabor of Montclair Feed & Pet Supply and the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs. Continue Reading

Wall Street Journal: Montclair’s Wellmont Theater “For Sale”

BY  |  Monday, Jul 28, 2014 1:43pm  |  COMMENTS (29)

wellmont theaterBack in 2007, the Rosen Group bought the historic Wellmont and followed through on plans to convert the movie house into a concert venue. Now the property is for sale, The Wall Street Journal reports, with a $6.7 million asking price. Continue Reading

New York Times Says Federal Government Should Repeal Ban on Marijuana

BY  |  Monday, Jul 28, 2014 1:17pm  |  COMMENTS (6)

New York Times Says Federal Government Should Repeal Ban on Marijuana“The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana,” says the Editorial Board of New York Times. Do you agree? Continue Reading

Montclair’s Le Willow 83: The Spot to Shop & Sip

BY  |  Monday, Jul 28, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

lewillow-1The latest addition to the Montclair fashion scene is Le Willow 83. With clothing for women, men, children, and a variety of dog leashes, the boutique specializes in high quality clothing. They even have a small coffee bar behind the register for customers to sip on espresso, cappuccinos, and lattes while they shop.

Opening this past May, owner Christina Salierno studied at FIT and followed her passion for clothing. “I felt the area needed some retail since everything nearby is a restaurant and all the clothing stores are on Church Street,” says Salierno. She even designed the urban interior of the store by laying the bricks and tile, and installing the solid pine wood floors. Continue Reading

Fatal Fire In Essex Fells

Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 12:07pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

68 fellsTragedy in Essex Fells early this morning…

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Essex Fells Police Chief Vincent Kulik have announced that authorities are investigating a fire in Essex Fells, NJ earlier this morning in which one person was fatally injured. At approximately 2:35 a.m., Essex Fells police and fire units responded to a report of a fire at 68 Fells Road. Arriving first responders located a female inside the residence and removed her from the house. First aid was administered to the victim and she was transported to Mountainside Hospital in Glen Ridge, NJ, where she was pronounced dead at 4:06 a.m. Continue Reading

Pretty Kitty Found Near Highland Ave., Upper Montclair (UPDATED)

Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 9:09am  |  COMMENTS (2)

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Update: Another Baristanet lost pet story with a happy ending. “Ginger” has been reunited with her family!

A reader writes:

We discovered a missing cat (Saturday, June 26th at about 10am) on Highland Avenue in Upper Montclair. The cat looks like she/he belongs to someone because the fur is trimmed like a little lion. The kitty is friendly but really hungry, and may have been missing a few days. I’m sure the cat must belong to someone.

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Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, July 27

BY  |  Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 3:36pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

This week, a look at some of the various Victorian houses on the market. One in Montclair has a two-story great room; another in West Orange is situated on over an acre of land and has a pool.

glenridge072756 Sherman Ave., Glen Ridge
List Price: $774,900
Taxes: $20,952
Acreage: 0.26

Just listed, this 10-room Victorian has an updated country kitchen with marble countertops, stainless steel appliances, recessed lighting, molding and the original tin ceiling; central air; and updated electric. High ceilings, a front parlor with a fireplace, a turned staircase with stained glass, hardwood floors and dentil molding are among the period details. There is a full, unfinished basement with a French drain and a one-car detached garage. Outside, there is a bluestone patio. The house, located on a corner lot, was built in 1882. Open 2 to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

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