New Moon Play Reading of Laura Brienza’s A Bunk Bed in Heaven at Luna Stage Tonight

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

laura brienzaNew Jersey native Laura Brienza’s plays have been seen and developed at the Kennedy Center, the Lark Play Development Center, Midtown Direct Rep, DC Fringe, FringeNYC, and Sidecar Theatre Company. said Brienza, “has vision, talent, a unique point of view, and an exciting dynamic voice. She’s also got a playwright’s ability to make her audience think, without preaching at them. She’s a real find.”

You can experience Brienza’s latest play “A Bunk Bed in Heaven,” the story of a mother and daughter who have one last shot to mend their relationship at Luna Stage‘s New Moon Play reading tonight at 7:30 pm.

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Nishuane Park Noise Complaints Dominate Montclair Township Council Meeting

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (20)

Town Council Despite an agenda of mostly trouble-free ordinances and resolutions at the Montclair Township Council’s regular meeting on July 22, controversy was stirred up in public comment over two recent events at Nishuane Park, while a third event is being planned there for August.

Resident Michael Norman of North Brookwood Drive, which is across from Nishuane Park, spoke to complain about recent events at the park, most notably the Montclair High School all-class reunion that took place on July 19.

Norman said he attended a meeting with Fourth Ward Councilor Renée Baskerville, Township Manager Marc Dashield, and Recreation and Cultural Affairs Director Pat Breschka about the various problems regarding events there, including  traffic control and parking, but especially excessive noise. Norman suggested that there could be temporary measures that could be taken vis-à-vis while an effort was made to come up with long-term solutions to staging events in all of the municipal parks, such as lowering the volume of the music played at the events, re-positioning the speakers to keep the sound away from the neighborhoods, and extra police presence to monitor the traffic. He was afraid that the problems could be repeated when the Montclair Jazz Festival is held in Nishuane Park on August 16. He cited ordinance regulating sound in public spaces that was passed by the council in 1986, when Mayor Robert Jackson was a councilor-at-large, as something that could be built on to make life more bearable for the Brookwood Drives.

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Mark Your Calendars for Bloomfield Restaurant Week

BY  |  Friday, Jul 18, 2014 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bloomfield Restaurant Week

Drool worthy offerings from Stamna Greek Taverna, Taqueria Authentica, & Anthony’s Cheesecake

Get ready to eat! The 3rd annual Bloomfield Restaurant Week will offer a prix fixe lunch or dinner menu of $30 or less between August 3 - August 9.

Restaurant Week will showcase all of Bloomfield’s best restaurants. From French to Thai, from Japanese to Italian and from traditional Steakhouse to Mexican, every taste and every palate will be satisfied at the culinary event.

Francesco Palmieri, an original BRW committee member and owner and chef of The Orange Squirrel, predicts, “Judging by the success of the first two events we expect an even stronger turn out. We are excited and optimistic that our 2014 event will be the biggest yet.”

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Vital to Offer Influences of Caribbean Cuisine, Organic and Vegan Food in Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Jul 18, 2014 8:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Fans of HLS Juice Bar & Grill in Montclair were sad that the health food restaurant closed, but they should be happy to learn Vital is opening in its spot.

Owned by brother and sister, Kwame and Nataki Williams,Vital will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, including fresh juices and smoothies, and a wide range of gluten-free and vegan dishes. The cuisine is what they call, “Health food with a Caribbean twist.”

Expect new spins on classic dishes utilizing locally farmed and organic ingredients, such as eggs from Montclair Community Farms.

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Protest Planned at Ted Nugent Concert at The Wellmont Theater in Montclair

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 4:30pm  |  COMMENTS (83)

On TuesdaTed Nugent y, July 22, music performer Ted Nugent is scheduled to appear at Montclair’s Wellmont Theater and unhappy locals plan to protest and form a picket line in front of the theater.

On a Facebook page titled “Protest Ted Nugent in Montclair,” the message is:

Notorious racist, sexist, homophobic, gun-toter, Ted Nugent will be playing at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair , NJ on the evening of Tuesday, July 22, 2014. First answer here and say that you will come to a picketline if they don’t cancel him, and then call the Wellmont at (973) 783-9500 and let them know you will be picketing outside if they don’t cancel him!

At the moment, 70 people say they will attend the protest and 15 maybes.

BlueWaveNJ sent out a newsletter asking subscribers to “Say No to Hate” and protest Nugent’s upcoming show:

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Bellevue Avenue Library Celebrates 100 Years With Centennial Music Mondays

BY  |  Friday, Jul 11, 2014 5:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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A 2013 Muic Mondays performance

The Montclair Public Library system is celebrating the 1914 opening of the Bellevue Avenue Library, the town’s landmark Carnegie Library with Centennial Music Mondays throughout the summer.

The Friends of the Bellevue Avenue Library with the support of the Montclair Public Library present the music celebration on Mondays, 6 – 8 pm, in the plaza at 185 Bellevue Avenue in Upper Montclair. The free concerts will be held on July 14July 21July 28August 11August 18 and August 25.

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Montclair Public Library Holding an Opportunity of a Lifetime CD Sale

BY  |  Friday, Jul 11, 2014 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Opportunity of a Lifetime CD Sale

While CD sales are on a decline thanks to digital downloads, they are still going strong. According to, in 2013 CD sales were at  57.2 percent, digital sales at 40.6 percent, and cassettes, vinyl and and DVDs were comprised 0.2 percent of sales. So folks,  if you want to score some for CDs a buck a piece, head to the Montclair Public Library through July 14 for its Once in a Lifetime CD Sale on the first floor of the Main Library at 50 South Fullerton Avenue.

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The Weekend: A Cool Workshop and Lots of Music

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

It’s the weekend, so get out!

Here are some weekend highlights:

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Get crafty tonight and attend a Pouring Party. What’s that you ask? It’s a candle making party hosted by Maxy Waxy Candles in Montclair. Maxy Waxy Candles are hand crafted with soy wax and scented with original essential oil blends, in reusable containers. Each month, they will host a candle pouring party. You bring empty jars, they provide the soy wax and hand-blended essential oils — and the fun. It all happens at The Porchistas Home Studios.

Maxy Waxy Candles Pouring Party
Thursday, July 10 from 4 pm – 7 pm
The Porchistas Home Studio, 148 Forest Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
$25 a pound of candle, $15 additional pounds

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Summer Books For Your Beach Bag

BY  |  Monday, Jul 07, 2014 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (7)

Summer Books

Broad Spectrum SPF 50—check. Flattering swimsuit—check. Comfy, loungy beach chair—check. A fabulous summer beach read—check…thanks to the wonderful staff at Montclair’s Watchung Booksellers. They have given us their recommendations for the best beach reads this summer, some of which are from local authors:

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Everybody’s Gone Surfin’, Surfin’ Montclair, NJ

BY  |  Monday, Jul 07, 2014 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (3)

NJ Surf Fitness

Just in time for summer, the first surf inspired fitness class has opened in Montclair at NJ Surf Fitness, held at Shukokai Karate Studio at 100 Grove Street.

Despite being a born and raised Jersey girl, I’ve never been too fond of the beach. I’m a Jersey City girl after all. Still, I’ve always been fascinated with surfing. Maybe it was all those Gidget movies I loved growing up — Moondoggie was so dreamy. When I learned about the surf fitness classes, I was excited to get on board.

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