#GivingTuesday: The True Spirit of the Holidays

BY  |  Friday, Nov 27, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Giving TuesdayThere’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but we think that Giving Tuesday is in the true spirit of the holidays — a day dedicated to giving back.

On Tuesday, December 1, you’re encouraged to join others to celebrate generosity and to give.

According to the GivingTuesday.org, it’s a simple idea: “Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.”

There are many way to join the #GivingTuesday movement right here in our community. We encourage you to join in and feel good:

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Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Which Town? All the Towns!

BY  |  Friday, Nov 27, 2015 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


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Friday, November 27: The Nutley Chamber of Commerce will sponsor Santa’s Arrival in Nutley Oval Park (44 Park Avenue, Nutley) from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. See Santa as he arrives by helicopter in this festive event!

Friday, November 27: Imagine That!!! (4 Vreeland Road, Florham Park) will host Breakfast with Santa at 10:00 AM. Enjoy a breakfast snack then stay to play all day in the museum. Tickets are $14.00/adult; $16.99/child ($1 more per person at the door). Pre-purchase of tickets is recommended as seats are not guaranteed at the door.

Saturday, November 28: Power Stretch Studios (255 Bellevue Avenue, Upper Montclair) will present Selfies with Santa from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, co-hosted by Studio Sami and Java Love. Get a free picture with Santa courtesy of Studio Sami in exchange for non-perishable food items to be donated to the Human Needs Food Pantry. Then head across the street to Java Love for a kid friendly treat. Call 973.692.8670 to reserve a time slot. Additional dates are 12/5, 12/19, and 12/20.

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Sponsored Post: One Savvy Design—Church Street’s Best Kept Secret

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 5:00pm


One Savvy Design Consignment Boutique

Discover the exciting world of consignment

and redefine your style with our new and consigned merchandise.

One stop shopping for you and all your holiday gifts.

One Savvy Design Consignment Boutique offers everything you need from women’s contemporary to luxury clothing, shoes, handbags, and accessories. This boutique carries a variety of new and consigned merchandise including J. Crew, Anthropologie, Diane Von Furstenberg, Kate Spade, Prada, Louis Vuitton and Chanel.

Check out their website to see featured items online. They also offer customers a rewards program where you earn points for every purchase.

Best of all, you can order online and plan to run in and pick it up at your convenience OR if you an out-of-towner, have it shipped free from now until the end of December.http://onesavvydesignconsignment.com

Arlene Carrini worked in the garment industry in NYC developing her extensive background in Sales, Merchandising and Buying. She had been consigning her clothing for years when she decided it was time to open her own store and put her expertise to use.

“I am excited to be a part of the Montclair community for the last 4 seasons” says Arlene. She loves what she does and you know it from the moment you walk in. “We want you to feel comfortable in our store and we welcome you as if you are walking into our home.”

Arlene and her staff can provide a personal shopping experience this holiday season, for you and your gift giving needs.

One Savvy Design Shabby Chic Furniture

Decorate for the holidays with our shabby chic furniture.

We carry an eclectic collection of up-cycled, hand painted furniture and mirrors.One Savvy Design Shabby Chic Furniture originated in 2008 in Arlene’s backyard. She came across an interesting piece of furniture and decided to refinish it herself.

The result of her efforts, and positive feedback, inspired Arlene to continue painting and refurbishing many more pieces, transforming One Savvy Design into what it is today.

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At One Savvy Design, you’ll find a collection of up-cycled, re-purposed vintage dressers, servers, buffets and vanities. All pieces are carefully selected and hand painted with quality low voc chalk paint. In this creative process is the commitment to create a more eco-friendly everyday lifestyle.

In addition to the finished pieces on the showroom floor, Arlene offers custom painting for any unpainted piece in inventory or for a piece of furniture of your own.

Stop by One Savvy Design’s showroom and discover a unique find!

You can find us in the Orange House on Church Street.unnamed (3) 

One Savvy Design

One Savvy Design Shabby Chic Furniture

74 Church Street (One block west of Starbucks), Montclair, NJ


Tuesday-Saturday 10-6

Friday Extended Holiday Hours 10-8

Sunday 12-5






The Weekend: What’s Happening After Thanksgiving

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes

You have an extra long holiday weekend after Thanksgiving. What to do? Personally, I eat leftovers, attend a close friend’s annual holiday kick off party, and start decorating for Christmas. But if you’re eager to get out, burn off those calories, and/or get your holiday shopping started, there are plenty of options.

We told you about:


Here’s what else is happening this weekend:

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Baristanet Guide to Buying (or Cutting Down) a Real Christmas Tree

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

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If you celebrate Christmas, you’re getting ready to put up the tree (unless you’re an early bird and did it the day after Thanksgiving.) If you prefer the real deal and would never go artificial, you’re in luck. Around here, or not too far away, there are many choices. Want to go rustic? Head out to western Jersey or up to the border of New York state for a true cut-it-yourself tree experience. Looking for a quick pick-and-wrap experience? We’ve got you covered. We even did some comparison shopping for you, because we’re cool like that.

Here are places where you can buy or cut down a real Christmas tree:

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Shop Local on Small Business Saturday

BY  |  Monday, Nov 23, 2015 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Small Business Saturday

With Thanksgiving on Thursday, the official holiday shopping season begins this weekend. We say ditch the crowded malls and shop locally on Saturday. You’ll support small businesses and get unique gifts for your loved ones.

A nationwide event, Small Business Saturday was founded by American Express in 2010 to help small businesses get more exposure during one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year. The day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before. This year, the big day is November 28.

Here are what some local stores are offering:

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Montclair Police Officer Discusses Terrorist Attacks on NPR

Thursday, Nov 19, 2015 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

FrazzanoA Montclair Police Officer was one of the law enforcement professionals interviewed on “The Two-Way” today. The NPR program focused on how prepared American police are for something like the recent Paris attacks.

Lt. Tracy Frazzano of MPD says she has been thinking about a Mumbai-style attack for the last couple of years, both in her graduate studies and during a stint with the counter-terrorism unit of the Department of Homeland Security. Frazzano is an advocate of what she calls “cross-training”: making sure police are trained and equipped to save lives with compression bandages and other paramedic equipment; and to prepare emergency medical services to go into areas that may still be dangerous.

“We’re now talking about law enforcement escorting in EMS and fire [fighters] into what we call ‘warm zone’ areas so they can start medical treatment on victims and save more lives,” Franzzano said.

Lt. Frazzano Decorated was accepted to the FBI National Academy this past March. The 10-week professional development course for U.S. and international law enforcement leaders is held four times a year on the Marine Corps Base in Quanitco, Virginia.

Listen to the full program online here.



The Weekend: Films, Fashion, Music, and More

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 19, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Another great weekend filled with much to enjoy.

We told you about:


Here’s what else is happening this weekend:

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Dunkin’ Donuts in Montclair’s Lackawanna Plaza to Move to Banker’s Cafe

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 18, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (14)

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Pathmark at Lackawanna Plaza is officially closed, leaving only a handful of businesses (Dunkin’ Donuts, Roberto’s Pizza, Popeyes, Supersuds Laundromat…) open alongside many shuttered storefronts in the indoor mall. Dunkin’ Donuts won’t be there much longer, but a new Dunkin won’t be far away.

A worker tells Baristanet that Dunkin Donuts is moving to the Banker’s Cafe location across the street at the corner of Bloomfield Avenue in February. The plan is to stay open at Lackawanna until moving day and be closed for only one day between for moving and reopening in the new location.

As for when the other businesses in the plaza will close, Developer Brian Stolar tells Baristanet he can’t provide a specific timeline for that at this time.



The Montclair Police and PBA to Bring Santa to Montclair Kids

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 17, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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The Montclair Police Department and PBA Local #53 must have been really good this year, because they’ve convinced Santa to come to Montclair again for the 6th annual Santa Visit. Santa will personally bring presents to the good little girls and boys of the town before Christmas Day.

Download the Santa Visit Request Form here for all the details on how to get a visit.



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