Two Thanksgiving Cocktails to Toast the Bounty

BY  |  Monday, Nov 24, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (2)

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Shahana Ali, Head Mixologist at De Novo in Montclair offers Baristanet readers two cocktails that have seasonal touches to toast the bounty of the Thanksgiving table!

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Montclair’s Marathon Man Runs Again — Help Him Raise Funds For Library

BY  |  Friday, Nov 21, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

 Dr. Ed Gold

Montclair orthodontist Dr. Ed Gold won’t stop running. For the past few years he has run marathons and raised thousands of dollars to support the Montclair Public Library.

On Sunday October 12, Dr. Gold completed the Mohawk-Hudson River Marathon (his third marathon).

“It was an absolutely beautiful day and perfect for a marathon. Keeping the library and all of my supporters through the years in my thoughts helped me cross the finish line and even qualify for the 2016 Boston Marathon with a time of 3 hrs 29 min and 18 seconds,” says Gold.

This Sunday, November 23, Dr. Gold will be running the Philadelphia Marathon continuing to raise money for MPL.

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Birthday Fundraiser Gala for Haiti

BY  |  Friday, Nov 21, 2014 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Gala for Haiti

Montclair State University alum Guerline Macenat-Pierre is celebrating her 30th birthday next month with a red carpet fundraising gala to benefit Haitian school children in need of clean water.

The black-tie gala and fundraiser on December 6 will feature live music, art and performances all to raise $10,000 for Operation Drill Water Well 2015.

Macenat-Pierre is currently the Vice President of the Dlo Pou Viv (“Water for Life”) Health Education and Health Programs, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization devoted to ending water disparities in Haiti and other parts of the world.

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Montclair Historic Preservation Commission Approves One Façade Improvement and Rejects Another

BY  |  Friday, Nov 21, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (19)

Montclair real estate owner Dick Grabowsky makes his case before the Montclair Historic Preservation Commission for six-panel windows on the Bloomfield Avenue side of the Hinck Building, which he owns, while Helen Torris of RHG Architecture + Design listens.  The commission said no to the plan in a tie vote.

Montclair real estate owner Dick Grabowsky makes his case before the Montclair Historic Preservation Commission for six-panel windows on the Bloomfield Avenue side of the Hinck Building, which he owns, while Helen Torris of RHG Architecture + Design listens. The commission said no to the plan in a tie vote.

One change to an historic façade was recommended by the Montclair Historic Preservation Commission (HPC), and another change to another façade was not, at the HPC’s meeting on November 20. Dick Grabowsky, whose plans to replace windows and redo the Bloomfield Avenue frontage of the Hinck Building for a prospective restaurant were originally brought up in October, returned with revised drawings of his plans, which were amended to include the second floor in the renderings. The plans, which would replace the windows in the three arched bays to the left of the Claridge Theater entrance  with six opening window panels for each bay and provide an entrance in the easternmost bay, were submitted by Rachael Grochowski and Helen Torris of RHG Architecture + Design.

Torris said that the firm looked at an alternative to keep the look of the affected frontage consistent with the rest of the building. She explained that a three-window-panel setup for each bay, with each individual window four feet wide, was considered, but that each window panel would have to have running posts in between to support the weight and would produce difficulty in looking out. No other alternatives seemed feasible to meet the prospective restaurant tenant’s requirements.

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Enjoy Jewish Soul Food and Israeli Wine Tasting at Bnai Keshet Annual Book Festival

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Jewish Soul Food

The annual Bnai Keshet Book Festival happens this Saturday, November 22 with the theme Journeys of the Soul: From Appetizer to Ice Cream.

There will be delicious samples from Israeli cookbook author Janna Gur’s new Jewish Soul Food, with an Israeli wine-tasting, followed by readings from featured authors, who explore the immigrant soul in America.

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Montclair Crime: Armed Robbery, Several Arrests, Vandalism

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Montclair Crime: String Of Burglaries, One Seen by Homeowner on Remote SurveillanceThe week in Montclair Crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:


On 11-08-2014 at 1440Hrs, Ms. Charade Jenkins (50yoa from Montclair) was placed under arrest for shoplifting from Pathmark. Security had observed Ms. Jenkins placing laundry detergent in a book bag, and walking out of the supermarket. Ms. Jenkins was also found to have an outstanding $1,500 warrant out of town. Her bail was set at $2,500 cash.

On 11-08-2014, Officers responded to Central Avenue on a report of a physical altercation in the street. When officers arrived, they observed a group of males standing around two other males, who were actively fighting. The two subjects who were fighting, Elijah Williams (19yoa from Montclair) and a 17yoa juvenile, were placed under arrest. These subjects were charged with disorderly conduct.

On 11-10-2014 at 2106Hrs, an Officer operating a marked patrol unit was driving north on Elm Street, when a vehicle approached from behind, passed the Officer in the oncoming lane of traffic, and proceeded northbound. The Officer stopped this vehicle, a 2000 Ford Focus, at Bloomfield Avenue and Elm Street. The vehicle operator, Mr. Wilson Chery (32yoa from Montclair) was operating a vehicle, knowing it to have no brakes. He was also found to have open warrants out of East Orange totaling $900. He was placed under arrest for these warrants. His vehicle was towed for being unsafe.

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The Weekend: Music, Art, Swedish Fairs, Pop Up Shops, and More

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)



Many great events to enjoy this weekend. We told you about:

And there’s more! Here are your weekend highlights:

Head to Tierney’s tonight to see Bellehouse with special guest Jim Hayes. Brooklyn-based, Bellehouse rides the wave of urban Americana. Their muses range from Bluegrass to Motown and far beyond. Bellehouse originally under the name “Skies” in 2013, with original members Jess Clinton, Sarah Haines, Laurel Parmet and Nick Lenchner. Current band members include Jess Taylor Clinton (vocals, guitar & writing), Sarah Haines (vocals & viola), Nick Lenchner (bass), Ryan Gross (banjo and vocals), and Catie Friel (vocals). Jim Hayes is drawn to the blues masters such as John Lee Hooker and Ray Charles and lyricists like Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison and Tom Waits. Over the last several years he has opened for Leon Russell and played at such venues as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Hard Rock Caf (NYC), and Starland Ballroom (NJ),Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.

Bellehouse with special guest Jim Hayes
Thursday, November 20 at 9 pm
Tierney’s Tavern, 136 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ, 07042
$5 cover


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Montclair Environmental Commission Holds First Streetscape Design Review Hearing

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (4)

The intersection of Gates and South Fullerton Avenues and Orange Road, whose now-removed traffic signals Montclair Environmental Commission member Martin Schwartz cited as an example of distinctive streetscape design.  Image courtesy of Google.

The intersection of Gates and South Fullerton Avenues and Orange Road, whose now-removed traffic signals Montclair Environmental Commission member Martin Schwartz cited as an example of distinctive streetscape design. Image courtesy of Google.

Montclair Environmental Commission member Martin Schwartz opened debate on reviewing streetscape policies on November 19 with a hearing attended by residents involved with local planning, design and business issues. Schwartz, who the Environmental Commission’s representative on the Planning Board, said that he wanted the subcommittee to come up with a series of recommendations for improving streets in both residential and commercial districts and work with the township in a collaborative process with township staff, the Mayor and Council, and the Planning Board.

Schwartz explained that the main objective was to take a multifaceted look at facts and deliverables regarding the various components in a streetscape, such as sidewalks and shade trees, and come up with recommendations for what is best for Montclair from an aesthetic and economic standpoint. Sustainability and function are also important factors in determining how a street works for everyone, from homeowners and pedestrians to businesses and motorists.

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VProud: A Place For Women to Have Honest Conversations Created by a Montclair Woman

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

VProudImagine hanging with your closest girlfriends at your favorite coffee shop talking about news, relationships, parenting, and hot topics. Now imagine it’s all online and that group of friends is much larger. That’s what VProud is.

Last month, Karen Cahn of Montclair officially launched VProud (the “V” stands for video), a video social network whose mission is “to cultivate honest conversations among women in a safe and non-judgmental environment.”

With an extensive background in digital media — Cahn has worked for Google, Huffington Post, and YouTube — she created a site for women to have honest and open conversation in a safe environment.

Years ago, while going through a divorce, Cahn says there wasn’t a place online where she felt she could talk to other women going through the same thing. She felt lonely and isolated. She feels that video inspires us to feel less alone and says that VProud’s ultimate goal is to “Make women feel there is a community for them.”

Every conversation on VProud begins with a video, made by women, and a thought-provoking headline as a starting point, like this one featuring another Montclair woman, Alma Schneider discussing the dreaded task of making school lunches:

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Agreement With Brookdale Gardens Announced at Bloomfield Council Meeting

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

confmeeting11_17_14Mayor Venezia announced at Monday’s conference meeting that an ordinance prohibiting overnight parking on Broad Street between Sunset and Johnson Avenues, which was deferred at the last regular council meeting, would not be pursued due to an agreement that was reached between the township and Brookdale Gardens.

Brookdale Gardens has agreed to allow residents to park in the complex’s parking lot during snowstorms to enable the township’s plows to get through on Broad Street, which is a Snow Emergency Street. Residents of the apartment complex have not been allowed to park on the property due to planned construction, which has now been postponed until spring. In view of the upcoming winter weather, the original ordinance was designed to ensure that Broad Street remain clear during the snow season. However, many residents came to the last council meeting and pointed out the hardship this would cause the residents, as well as homeowners on neighboring side streets where Brookdale Gardens residents would have been forced to park if they were not allowed to park overnight on Broad Street.

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