The Weekend: Music and Museums

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Eddie Palmieri The weekend begins tonight! Bandleader and pianist Eddie Palmieri performs with his Salsa orchestra at NJPAC’s Sounds of the City tonight—a free outdoor concert series. Palmieri is known for his bold, innovative drive in a career that spans more than 50 years as the leader of salsa and Latin jazz orchestras. The winner of nine Grammy Awards, he was declared a 2013 Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts.


Eddie Palmieri at Sounds of the City
Thursday, July 31 from 5 pm – 10 pm
NJPAC, One Centre Street, Newark, NJ


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Development, Code Enforcement, and Public Safety Dominate Montclair Fourth Ward Community Meeting

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (10)

Montclair Fourth Ward Councilor Renée Baskerville hosting her July 29 community meeting at the Montclair Fire Department.

Montclair Fourth Ward Councilor Renée Baskerville hosting her July 29 community meeting at the Montclair Fire Department.

Development issues dominated Montclair Fourth Ward Councilor Renée Baskerville’s July 29 community meeting at the Montclair Fire Department, with Fourth Ward resident and activist William Scott taking the lead in updating attendees about development plans in the ward and, slated for August, upcoming Planning Board discussions of the master plan. The meeting began with a presentation by John Fromhold, CEO of Mountainside Hospital, which is part of Hackensack University Medical Center, regarding plans to bring in more doctors into the hospital on the primary care employment model in one place by constructing a new medical office building across the street from Mountainside Hospital on the site of the School of Nursing campus.

“Physician employment is an investment, as much an investment as a piece of equipment, ” Fromhold told the residents.  “They’re the ones who are going to provide you and the community health care.”

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Open Thread: Finally Fireworks, John Stamos in Montclair, Summer Vacation and More

BY  |  Friday, Jul 25, 2014 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (13)


Lots to talk about. I’ll give you some topics:

  • Last night, after several postponements because of bad weather, the Essex County Fireworks Show in Brookdale Park went on with a blast. These gorgeous photos from local photographer Peter Gargiulo really capture the event. Did you attend? And are Fourth of July fireworks as much fun when done on July 24?

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Get Uncorked and Uncapped to Benefit The Arc of Essex County.

BY  |  Friday, Jul 25, 2014 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Uncorked & Uncapped

Save the date for an evening of fine wines, craft beers and interactive food stations at Uncorked and Uncapped — a wine, beer and food festival to benefit The Arc of Essex County. It takes place on September 18 at the Westminster Hotel in Livingston.

The event will feature fare from the following locations: Opici Family Distributing, Garden State Wine Club, Cambridge Wines, Newburgh Brewing Company, New Jersey Beer Co., Backyard Obsessive Homebrew Club, Cloverleaf Tavern, Poor Henry’s Pub & Restaurant, Mark & Julie’s Homemade Ice Cream, HearthStone Grill and Lithos Estiatorio.

A highlight of evening will be the 2014 Uncorked and Uncapped Brew Master Contest for home brewers. Attendees will be able to sample the creations of the contestants and vote for the audience favorite in addition to the judge’s awards.

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Portraits by Michael Stahl Hosts its Annual Dog Days of Summer Fundraiser

BY  |  Friday, Jul 25, 2014 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

 Dog Days of SummerPortraits by Michael Stahl in Montclair will host its 6th annual Dog Days of Summer fundraiser on Saturday, August 9.

You get a color portrait of your pooch for $39 plus a 20-40 lb. bag of dry dog food and the proceeds will go to the Montclair Animal Shelter.

With past fundraiser years, Stahl has raised more than $1,000 and donated more than 500 pounds of dog food for the shelter. 

Want a photo of your pet? Make a reservation by calling 973.783.3618.


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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