Open Thread: Garbage Can Round Up, Springsteen Likes Christie (Really), Vultures and More

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 5:00pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

Sure we can talk about all the other horrible things going on in the world right now, but if you’re feeling like I am, a little break from bad news is needed. So here are some light topics to discuss:

1) Montclair resident Peter Kaplan sent in this photo of what he called, “Mass pickup this morning of the illegals.” Did your over 35 gallon size garbage can join the others in the round up?


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Coffee With…Matthew Thomas, Author of We Are Not Ourselves

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Matthew Thomas

The new novel We Are Not Ourselves took Montclair resident Matthew Thomas 10 years to complete and considering the praise it has been receiving, the decade of work was worth it. Thomas will share his literary debut at his hometown bookstore, Watchung Booksellers, tomorrow, Thursday, August 21.

Baristanet spoke to Thomas about his life and his inspiration for We Are Not Ourselves:

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Montclair Artist Working on Jersey City Mural Arts Project

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Catherine Hart

Catherine Hart, an accomplished multimedia artist and muralist who grew up in Montclair and now lives in Penland, NC, is back in town for two weeks to work on The Jersey City Mural Arts Project.

The comprehensive mural project coordinated by Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, has commissioned dozens of murals citywide as part of the administration’s focus on the city’s art community to beautify neighborhoods and promote cultural awareness.

After graduating from Montclair High School, Hart attended Washington University in St. Louis. She was interested in the glassblowing department, however, the department closed down soon after she started school. Hart explored other options, like pursuing a degree in education and psychology, but after two years she says she “knew the arts were still calling.” She applied to California College of the Arts, transferred, and received a BFA from CCA in 2004. “Attending that school reinvigorated my love for all the mediums I enjoyed growing up and knew I was back on the right path,” says Hart.

Her involvement in murals came later  in 2011.

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The Weekend: Jazz Fest, Sounds of the City, Grateful Dead Tribute and More

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Jazz Festival

The biggest thing happening this weekend is the Montclair Jazz Festival. You’ll enjoy eight hours of FREE music performed by a stellar lineup of musicians on Saturday, August 16 in Nishuane Park. And, there will also be dozens of wonderful food vendors and North Coast Beer Garden! An added bonus? A shuttle will run on a loop approximately every 20 minutes from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. between the parking area and the festival site. The Shuttle will pick up at Hillside School (Hillside Avenue side) and drop off at Nishuane Park Festival Site (Cedar Avenue Side) Free parking is also available at the Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Ave.) a short walk to the Hillside School shuttle stop.

Montclair Jazz Festival
Saturday, August 16 from 12 pm – 8 pm
Nishuane Park. Montclair, NJ, 07043

Other weekend highlights are:

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Dog Days Fundraiser Raises 500 Pounds of Food Donated to Montclair Animal Shelter

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Wendy Stahl and studio dogs Lulu (left) and Colby (right) sowing off the day’s bounty.

Portraits by Michael Stahl  photographed 25 dogs and their owners donated almost 500 pounds of dog food at its 6th annual Dog Days of Summer fundraiser on Saturday, August 9. Donations were given to the Montclair Animal Shelter.




Montclair Township Council: Paid Sick Leave Debate, Street Improvements, and Plaudits For Planning Board

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Marcia Marley of BlueWave NJ

Marcia Marley of BlueWave NJ

The Montclair Township Council reviewed petitions on August 12 for an ordinance requiring the township’s private businesses to allow workers to earn paid sick time after Township Clerk Linda Wanat and her staff certified them as having 1,106 signatures to ask the council to pass it — eleven more than required. The council had the chance to pass such an ordinance on first reading and put it up for a second vote and a public hearing within twenty days, or it could allow it be placed on the November 4 election ballot.  The council decided not to act immediately, but it did decide to look at the issue more closely. It will still be on the ballot regardless.

Ordinarily, if a municipal council in New Jersey does not act on a petition for an ordinance, a twenty-day waiting period takes place, followed by a ten-day period, and then it goes on a ballot of a general election that is within forty days after that or requires a special election — something the New Jersey Families Working Alliance, which advocated the petitions, already ruled out. But Wanat’s office was so diligent and quick in certifying the petitions — it took her and her staff three days to do so — that  Township Attorney Ira Karasick advised the council that it would go on the ballot regardless of the council’s actions.

“Unless you pass it yourself, it will be on the November ballot,” Karasick said. “The timing will work.”

In order to pass the ordinance on first reading within twenty days, however,  the council would have to have a special meeting within the three weeks following August 12, as the next scheduled regular  meeting isn’t until September 16.

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Montclair PD To Start Annual Crackdown of Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign

BY  |  Friday, Aug 08, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

Montclair, Bloomfield Crack Down on Drunk Drivers with "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over"Law enforcement officers from the Montclair Police Department will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of the 2014 Labor Day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.  Beginning August 15 and running through September 1, local and state law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is a national campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement and public education tools, including posters, banners and mobile video display signs. Launched across the U.S. in 1999, the program works to combat drunk driving during the busy summer travel season, including the Labor Day holiday period.

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Learn How to Vegetable Garden at Presby Iris Gardens

BY  |  Friday, Aug 08, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Presby Iris Gardens

Sure you can join a CSA, get your produce at the Montclair’s Farmer’s Market or the Montclair Community Farms, but think of the feeling of accomplishment you could have if you grew your own vegetables? Not to mention the money you’ll save. If you’ve ever thought about having your own vegetable garden, then this upcoming event is for you.

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Montclair Center Stage Presents Outpost in the Burbs: An Evening of Free Live Music in Montclair Center

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Center Stage

Outpost in the Burbs goes outdoors on Church Street this Saturday for an evening of free music in collaboration with Montclair Center Stage. The lineup includes these seven talented artists:


Ethan Lipkind

5 pm- Ethan Lipkind:  NJ-born singer-songwriter,  now based in Rochester, NY will kick off the show.

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Tea Lovers Rejoice, Cha Ma Gu Dao Returns to Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Aug 01, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Cha Ma Gu DaoCha Ma Gu Dao opened up its tea shop on Glenridge Avenue in Montclair back in 2007 offering more than 300 of the world’s finest teas, herbals, ayurvedics, fruit infusions, sweets and a very zen-like spot to relax and enjoy. It closed shop several years later and last year, offered its wide selection of teas online at Now, Cha Ma Gu Dao will return to Montclair on Church Street this month.

When asked about his return, owner Robert Scott expained it was time and opportunity.

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