Get a Free Tree at Edgemont Park in Montclair on Saturday, April 11

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free treesThe Montclair Environmental Commission and Department of Community Services have arranged will give away free tree seedlings to the public at Edgemont Park on Saturday, April 11. Bring your family and celebrate spring and Arbor Day by taking home free trees to green your property!

After last year’s successful giveaway the number of available trees has been doubled to 500. This program is part of the New Jersey Tree Recovery Campaign. The exact species available have not yet been released by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, but all the seedlings will be native tree species. Native tree species will provide beauty and shade, prevent soil erosion and help support our native insects and birds. Check the Montclair Environmental Commission website,, for updates on available species.

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Montclair Food News: Patio Bar, Awards, Bake Sales, “Walk-Out Wednesdays”

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Restaurant ReportYour latest Montclair restaurant and food news:

  • The Corner Cafe and Juice Bar (at the corner of Walnut and Grove) has opened and coffee lovers will love it. Stay tuned for our review this week!
  • De Novo European Pub will open a patio bar outside the restaurant at the Upper Montclair Train Station beginning in mid-April! There will be 30 additional seats under a covered patio, that will feature a custom-designed walnut bar serving a variety of sweet and slushy drinks to enjoy with the warm weather.
  • Michael Carrino, chef and partner at Pig & Prince Restaurant & Gastro-Lounge, was recently named a 2015 Local Hero by Edible Jersey Magazine. The Local Heroes featured were selected by readers and chosen based on their local food movement and the positive impact they make in their communities. Along with a passion for cooking, Chef Carrino gives back to his local community. For the past eight years, he has been cooking and donating approximately 500 traditional Thanksgiving meals for the Salvation Army in Montclair. He also participates at the Cooking for Kids fundraiser for St. Joseph’s Children Hospital annually and supports a number of local charities including Toni’s Kitchen of Montclair.

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Sweet and Savory Treats for Easter And Passover

BY  |  Monday, Mar 30, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


With Passover beginning on Friday, April 3 and Easter on April 5, the first weekend of April will be filled with joyous celebration. Local bakeries are offering delicious food for both holidays:

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Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival is Blooming!

BY  |  Monday, Mar 30, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Cherry Blossoms in Early Spring

The annual Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival truly signifies the start of spring in our area. For the last 39 years, people from throughout New Jersey have traveled to Essex County Branch Brook Park to celebrate spring under an awning of pink petals every April. This year it will be even more spectacular due to the addition of 1,000 new cherry blossom trees. The plantings will bring the total number of Cherry Blossoms in Essex County Branch Brook Park to 5,000!

The Cherry Blossom festival begins on Saturday, April 11 and includes the following events:

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Montclair Police Looking for Robbery Suspect

BY  |  Monday, Mar 30, 2015 10:44am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Montclair Police Robbery Suspect

This just in form the Montclair Police Department:

Please see the above composite sketch. This suspect is being sought in connection with the following robberies in Montclair. He is also a suspect in robberies in surrounding jurisdictions.

02-24-2015 at 0900Hrs (All Pro Cleaners, 121 Grove Street) Suspect entered the business and demanded that the female employee hand over cash from the register. The suspect is described as a white male, 21-25yoa, 5’10” in height, slim build, green eyes. He was wearing a green jacket and a black wool hat. No weapon mentioned or shown. When the suspect observed that there was a second employee in the store, he fled north on Grove Street. There were no proceeds.

02-26-2015 at 1546Hrs (Mountainside Hospital Parking Deck, 31 Sherwood Street) A Bloomfield man was the victim of an armed robbery on the fourth level of the parking structure. As the victim was walking to his vehicle he was approached by a male suspect who stated, “I don’t want to hurt you, I just need cash”. The victim handed the suspect approximately $70 in cash. This suspect then fled on foot in an unknown direction. The suspect is described as a white male, 25-35yoa, 5’9”-5’11” in height. He was wearing a dark gray hooded sweatshirt with a dark gray scarf covering his face. No weapon was shown. No injuries reported.

On 02-28-2015 at 0531Hrs, the Shell Gas Station at 115 Bloomfield Avenue was robbed at gunpoint. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’7’ in height, 150lbs, thin build, wearing a green army jacket, gray hooded sweatshirt, and a dark scarf covering his face. This suspect brandished a black handgun and demanded money from the register. When the employee hesitated in opening the register, this suspect put the weapon away and walked out of the store. There were no proceeds in this incident.



Giveaway: Tickets to Chuggington Live at MAYO Performing Arts Center

Monday, Mar 30, 2015 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (3)


Join Wilson, Koko and Brewster on the most traintastic day ever in Chuggington Live! The Great Rescue Adventure at The Mayo Performing Arts Center on April 19.

It’s the first day of Advanced Training and the trainees are eager to impress their mentors by mastering new roles that test their courage, speed and determination. When Koko finds herself in trouble at Rocky Ridge Mine, it’s up to her friends to help her. Do the trainees have what it takes to put their newly learnt skills into practice? Can Wilson come to Koko’s rescue and fulfil his dream of becoming a hero in Chug Patrol?

Thanks to The Mayo Performing Arts Center’s generosity, Baristanet has a family 4-pack of tickets to see Chuggington Live! at 5 pm on Sunday, April 19 to give to one lucky reader:

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Montclair Center Wins 2015 Great American Main Street Award

BY  |  Monday, Mar 30, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

With superb restaurants, the Montclair Art Museum and galleries, a great shopping district, The Wellmont…Montclairions know that Montclair Center is special. And we’re not alone. Today, the National Main Street Center announced that Montclair Center has been chosen as a 2015 Great American Main Street Award® (GAMSA) winner!

Each year, the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, recognizes the country’s best examples of comprehensive commercial district revitalization.

Luther Flurry, Montclair Center BID’s Executive Director, accepted the award with pride.

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Easter Egg Hunts and Activities

BY  |  Friday, Mar 27, 2015 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

happy easter

With Easter just a little more than a week away, here are some fun events to attend in the area!

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Montclair Celebrates Committee to Host Annual Beefsteak Dinner Fundraiser

BY  |  Friday, Mar 27, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair CelebratesIt’s time to start celebrating at events that make the Montclair Fourth of July parade and fireworks possible!

Montclair Recreation and Montclair Celebrates — a community-based organization formed to preserve the Township’s Independence Day celebrations — will host the annual Beefsteak Dinner Fundraising on Friday, April 10.

This year’s honorary dinner guest and parade grand marshal is long-time Montclair resident and Immaculate Conception High School President Celia Triggs Honohan.

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Childhood: Memories of Play and Friendship

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

This is our last installment of “Childhood.” Thanks to Arthur Kobin and our readers for sharing their memories.

(Outside of the The Clairidge Theater)

(Outside of the The Clairidge Theater)

“I grew up here in Montclair. We’d always hang out in Anderson Park. That was really fun. We’d play frisbee and walk around the park with all my friends. Some of them are still here, like my friend Cindy! I went there today for a walk with her! She’s my childhood friend, and we’ve known each other our whole lives.”



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Thanks for reporting on this, Steven. I'm looking forward to learning about the Board's vision for the district with the addition of Eve Robinson and Laura Hertzog.

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