Special Shopping Night at Fairway Market Woodland Park to Benefit Burn Foundation

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Fairway Market Woodland Park

Congratulations are in order to the West Paterson Fire Department who placed first in Fairway’s annual Firefighter Food Face-Off on August 24! They competed against the Wayne Fire Department, the Hawthorne Fire Department, and the Passaic Fire Department in Fairway Market’s fourth annual grilling competition, and won a $500 Fairway gift card to use for their firehouse. 

To honor their dedication, bravery, and great grilling skills, Fairway Market will host a special Shopping Night and donate 25 percent of all sales from registered customers who shop between 4 pm and 10 pm to the firefighters’ charity, the Saint Barnabas Burn Foundation, on Wednesday, September 10.

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A Banner Year for the Montclair Public Library

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Chelsea Dodd, Reference and Adult Programming Supervisor, Dawn Quinn, Borrower Services Supervisor, Kenneth French, Collection Development Manager, David Hinkley, Library Director, Lisa Sedita, Youth Services Supervisor.

Chelsea Dodd, Reference and Adult Programming Supervisor, Dawn Quinn, Borrower Services Supervisor, Kenneth French, Collection Development Manager, David Hinkley, Library Director, Lisa Sedita, Youth Services Supervisor.

Montclair Public Library is so excited about the 100th Anniversary of the Bellevue Avenue Library and upcoming The Big Read that they’re putting up banners all over town.

Here are just some of the exciting events will be taking place throughout the fall in honor of both occasions:

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Star Tavern Makes a 101 Best Pizzas in America List

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Star Tavern

The Daily Meal has put out its third annual annual list off 101 Best Pizzas in America and Star Tavern in Orange came in #37 representing for New Jersey:

The bar pie. In the annals of all things pizza, it is perhaps one of the most underrated styles. The maligned proponents of the pile-it-on philosophy behind deep dish pies get themselves bent out of shape when Chicago’s signature style gets besmirched, but there doesn’t seem to be a similar geographic identification attached to this much more nuanced, reserved, and minimalist approach to pizza. It’s a shame, save that it makes bar pie bastions like ColonyEddie’s, and Star Tavern in Orange, N.J. even easier to like, and selfishly, to eat at without battling a crowd. Owned and operated by the Vayianos family since 1980, “The Star” is run by former attorney Gary Vayianos, whose kitchen turns out super-thin, crispy, to-the-edges-with-the-sauce toppings, with a sauce and cheese ratio that delivers as much as you need and not more than the structural integrity can handle.

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The Weekend: Labor Day Weekend

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

It’s a relatively quiet end of the summer Labor Day weekend. But in between your Labor Day BBQs, last hurrah beach trips, or other getaways, there are some fun things to do locally.

dean shotOn Friday night,  you can go to Ruthie’s BBQ & Pizza in Montclair to enjoy the music of Dean Shot. Shot’s playing incorporates many diverse musical influences and draws from his experiences growing up in Northern New Jersey, surrounded by various cultures. Finding inspiration in a large variety of early American music, Dean’s influences can often be clearly heard, yet he delivers a strong style that is most definitely all his own. As usual, Ruthie’s will be serving up good pizza and BBQ too. We suggest you try the Mac and Cheese.

Dean Shot at Ruthie’s BBQ
Friday, August 29 from 7 pm – 9 pm
Ruthie’s BBQ & Pizza, 64 1/2 Chestnut Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
BYO and no cover

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Vote For Montclair Center as the Best Downtown in North Jersey

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Lets Play Some Hoops with Izabelle Dean (from Church St. Aug 24)

Lets Play Some Hoops with Izabelle Dean (from Church St. Aug 24)

Church Street. Montclair Center Stage. The Clairidge. Raymond’s. Farmers’ Market. Those are just five reasons why you should vote now for Montclair Center as the best downtown area in North Jersey.

Montclair Center has been named a finalist again by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association in the 2014 People’s Choice Awards for outstanding downtowns in North Jersey (We won it in 2013). The APA-NJ panelists considered how well a city’s downtown area functions as the centerpiece of everyday life for local residents, its reputation beyond the community’s boundaries, available options for transportation and support from community members to gain, maintain and develop businesses. Montclair is up against Hoboken, Historic Downtown Jersey City, and Downtown Morristown.

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31 Local Artists Awarded at Essex County Senior Citizens Juried Art Show

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Montclair artist Edward Long:  “The 19th Hole.”

Montclair artist Edward Long: “The 19th Hole.”

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. congratulated 31 Essex County artists who received awards yesterday, Wednesday, August 27, at the Annual Essex County Senior Citizens Juried Art Show.

“I congratulate the winners and all the artists who participated in this year’s Senior Art Show. The talent displayed by our senior artists is truly amazing and the artwork is inspiring,” DiVincenzo said. “Essex County has a thriving fine arts community and our Senior Art Show enables our older residents, both professionals and non-professionals, to display their original creations where the public can see them. This is an excellent event for us to promote the arts and inspire our residents to use their talents,” he added.

Congratulations to these Essex County artists:

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Bloomfield Crime: Burglaries and Over a Dozen Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimeBurglaries, over a dozen arrests, and more in this week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:


08-20-2104 – On the 300 block of Broad Street, the victim of a burglary reported to police that a suspect or suspects entered onto his property and broke into a garage. The burglary occurred between 6:00 pm on 8/20 and 7:00 am on 8/21. 3 – RedMax trimmers, 1 – Stihl trimmer, 1 -Stihl chainsaw, 1 – Mikita demo saw, 1 – Pole saw and 1 RedMax edger were stolen from the garage. A RedMax blower was also stolen from a work truck on the property.

08-20-2014 – On Willet Street the victim of a burglary reported that a suspect entered her apartment by forcing open the apartment door. The a painting and a safe containing several pieces of jewelry were stolen.

08-21-2014 – On the 100 block of Birch Street  the victim of a burglary reported that a pad lock was cut off of a garage and the suspect or suspects removed 1 – Ryobi reciprocating saw, 1 – Sears power washer, and a drill. The burglary occurred between 8/19  and 8/21.

08-23-2014 – On the lower end of Hoover Avenue the victim of a burglary reported that a shed was broken into. A Craftsman power washer was stolen.

08-25-2014 – The victim of a burglary reported that sometime between Friday afternoon 8/22 and Monday morning 8/25 tool boxes were broken into and 1 – Demo saw, 1 – TC gun, 2 screw guns and 1 – generator were stolen.

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Baristanet Profile: Devon Corneal

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

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(Photo credit: Jennifer Liseo)

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

Name: Devon Corneal

Where do you live?  Plymouth Street, Montclair. Best block anywhere.

When did you move there? May 2007. The exact day morning sickness hit when I was pregnant with our son. I curled up on our bed  while my husband unpacked the entire house. 

Where did you grow up?  Pre-Sandusky scandal State College, PA. Aka: Happy Valley

How do you make a living?  Recovering lawyer, and freelance writer. A year ago I switched careers, so I’m still finding my way. 

Coffee, tea or … ? Tea in the winter. Fizzy water the rest of the year. Cocktails after 4 pm

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Montclair Planning Board Finishes Pinnacle’s Hotel, Begins Plofker’s Inspection Station Conversion

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The former Division of Motor Vehicles inspection station in Montclair, at the corner of Forest and Label Streets, July 2013.  Image courtesy of Google.

The former Division of Motor Vehicles inspection station in Montclair, at the corner of Forest and Label Streets, July 2013. Image courtesy of Google.

The Montclair Planning Board had another long session during its August 25 meeting, with attention shifting from one prominent local developer to another. With Pinnacle CEO Brian Stolar’s MC Hotel project having been approved on August 11, developer Steven Plofker presented an application for his latest project — a plan to convert the old motor vehicle inspection station at 16 Label Street into commercial space.

But the planning board wasn’t through with Stolar’s application. The board, down to five members with Vice Chairman Lanny Kurzweil substituting for Chairman John Wynn, meticulously went through the language of the resolution supporting the hotel application before approval. The meeting began with the review of the resolution and took over an hour.

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Glen Ridge Crime: Arrests, Theft and Aggravated Assault

BY  |  Monday, Aug 25, 2014 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimeLast week in Glen Ridge crime from Lieutenant Fred Egnezzo:

Incident: DUI Arrest

Date/Time: 8/17/2014 @ 2:52 AM

Description:Officer Patricia Romaine arrested Leonard Forbes, 44 of East Orange, N.J. for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs on Bloomfield Ave.  He was transported to headquarters for processing and later released.


Incident: Theft

Date/Time:8/19/2014 @ 3:25 PM

Description:Officer Joseph Uliano was dispatched to the 300 block of Ridgewood Ave. on a report of a theft.  The complainant reported that unknown suspect(s) removed their children’s lemonade stand from the front lawn.


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