Baristanet Profile: Therese Baird

BY  |  Friday, Jul 31, 2015 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Therese Baird

The latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood:

Name: Therese Baird

Where do you live? Cedar Grove, NJ

When did you move there? Almost 23 years ago.

Where did you grow up? Summit Avenue in Upper Montclair

How do you make a living? I am currently a real estate agent at Halstead Property in Montclair. Before that, I was the owner of Le Baker’s Dozen Bake Shoppe.

Coffee, tea or … ? Coffee… always. Unless I’m sick, then it’s tea!

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A Seat in the House Shows Love for Montclair’s Outpost in the Burbs

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

A Seat in the House

Jay Lustig—Editor of—and Erika Bleiberg—former daily editor of Baristanet, arts publicist, and content marketing producer—are experimenting with a new multi-media series for called A Seat in the House. The series consists of short videos that include exclusive artist interviews and concert footage focused on conveying the experience of watching a performance at arts venues across the state.

First showcased in the series is Montclair’s Outpost in the Burbs, a non-profit outreach organization that builds community through music, community service, and cultural programs. Joan Osborne’s performance in February (her third for Outpost) was featured in A Seat in the House‘s inaugural video.

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The Weekend: Music, Music, and More Music!

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


This weekend is all about music.

We told you about:

Here are some other great ways to spend your weekend:

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Breaking: Power Outage in Upper Montclair

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 12:34pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Power Outage

Intersection at Lorraine and Bellevue.

UPDATE: Montclair Township just posted a notice from PSE&G:

There is currently on outage along Valley Road affecting approximately 250 customers, two circuits sharing a common duct bank faulted. PSE&G is currently working to do switching in the field and should have these customers back within an hour. An investigation will pursue to determine the cause of the outage.

Power is out in Upper Montclair, leaving businesses and home around the Upper Montclair Business district (Bellevue Avenue and Valley Road) dark…and hot. Police are currently on the scene at traffic intersections.

Kings Supermarket is not affected (and neither is A&P farther south), but The Bellevue Branch Library is —they posted that The Youth Services Dept’s Baze’s Super Duper Solo Show is cancelled and will be rescheduled and all Adult School classes scheduled for today are cancelled and will be rescheduled.


According to PSE&G mobile alert, estimated restoration is 1:30 pm.

On a lighter note, for those looking for some cheering up, The Little Daisy Bake Shop is giving out Blackout Cupcakes for free while power is out and supplies last.









Outpost in the Burbs Takes Over Montclair Center Stage Saturday Night

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Outpost in the Burbs

Outpost in the Burbs will take over Montclair Center Stage this Saturday, August 1, offering a free night of great music.

Here is the fabulous line-up:

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Bloomfield Mayor In the Finals of Politicker’s Poll For New Jersey’s Most Effective Mayor

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 8:16am  |  COMMENTS (9)

mayor mike veneziaBloomfield’s Mayor Mike Venezia has made it to the final round of Politicker’s contest to name New Jersey’s Most Effective Mayor. Polls opened in June with 13 mayors up for the title.

It’s now down to two—Venezia is up against Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop.

Politicker says the young mayors deserve props in that they both supplanted older guards to get where they are now.

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Authentic Shanghai Chinese Food in Fairfield

BY  |  Monday, Jul 27, 2015 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Shanghai 46

For locals looking for really good authentic Chinese food (and those mourning the closing of Chengdu 1 in Cedar Grove) you’ll be happy to learn of a gem of a place in Fairfield, NJ. I had the pleasure of attending a tasting at Shanghai 46 last week and came away with a very full belly and a new love of the cuisine. Tip: Bring a bottle of Riesling!

Shanghai 46, the latest restaurant from Chef-trained/ Owner Kevin Lin who also owns the highly regarded Cheng Du 23 in Wayne, is one of the only truly authentic Chinese restaurants in New Jersey serving Shangai cuisine. The cuisine—the youngest of China’s 10 major food styles—reflects the variety of cultures that have influenced the enormous coastal city-province.

“People are more familiar with heavier, spicier Cantonese or Szechuan style dishes. Home-style Shanghai cooking is lighter and more delicate, with less oil, subtle spicing and saucing and always a hint of sweetness.” notes Lin.

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NJ Transit Week of Commuting Hell

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Three consecutive days of rush hour delays of an hour or more, due to circuit breaker issues and power switch failures, have made this a week of commuting hell. NJ Transit blames it solely on Amtrak.

In a statement released by NJ Transit, Executive Director Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim says the past few days of crippling power outages on the Northeast Corridor are unacceptable.

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The Weekend: Music, Art, Fashion, and More

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Eric Roberson

A beautiful July weekend and lots to do!

We told you about:

Here are some other great ways to spend your weekend:

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Blu and Next Door to Offer ‘Eat What You Want, Pay What You Want’ Until Closing in August

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

next door

Blu and Next Door, two side-by-side restaurants in Montclair owned by Chef Zod Arifai, will close in August. But before they do, Chef Arifai has been offering sweet deals. Last month he tried out an “eat what you want, and pay what you want” night. Arifai tells us it worked so well that, starting today, he’s going to offer it for the next six weeks.

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