Baristanet Profile: Jennifer Siembab Bernal

BY  |  Friday, Sep 19, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Jennifer Siembab Bernal

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

Name: Jennifer Siembab Bernal

Where do you live? A quiet cul-de-sac in the Oak View section of Bloomfield.

When did you move there? I’ve lived in Bloomfield my entire life. My grandparents and my mom moved here from Kearny and built their house in 1974, and have been here since.

Where did you grow up? I actually grew up across the street from my grandparent’s house, and now live in my grandparent’s house! We’re a tight-knit family and I was lucky enough to always be surrounded by loved ones.

How do you make a living? I began working at Park Street Academy, a private preschool in Montclair, when I was a sophomore in high school. I started as a teacher assistant, and became a full time teacher after college. Currently, I’m a stay-at-home mom to my 1½ year old daughter, Karina.

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Nishuane Tennis Courts to be Named in Honor of Former Coach James A. Firebrace

BY  |  Friday, Sep 19, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

James A. FirebraceMontclair Township will honor lifelong resident James A. Firebrace, Jr. this Saturday, September 20, in a dedication ceremony naming the tennis courts at Nishuane Park after the former tennis coach and school teacher. The ceremony will take place at 10:30 am in the park, which is located between Cedar Avenue and High Street, Montclair.

James Firebrace, who once taught in East Orange public schools, worked as a tennis professional and park attendant in Nishuane Park for nearly forty years — from 1967 to 2006. He was a township employee and longstanding volunteer who maintained the park’s clay courts.

Mr. Firebrace was a mentor to a number of generations of children who played in the park, and served as a father figure to many.

“Naming the tennis courts in James A. Firebrace’s honor is a distinction that this Council proudly bestows upon a tireless supporter of our community,” said Fourth Ward Councilor Renee Baskerville. “It is an expression of our gratitude for his many years of unwavering dedication to our park and our youth.”





Go Out to an Old Ball Game in South Orange Saturday

BY  |  Friday, Sep 19, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Cameron Field in South Orange

Go enjoy some good old-fashioned American fun when South Orange hosts a 19th-century baseball game on Saturday,  September 20, at Cameron Field in South Orange for the 100th anniversary of the field “Where the legends played.”

Famous Yankee all- stars Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, and Whitey Ford played on Cameron Field, as well as several Negro League stars,  including Josh Gibson of the Pittsburgh Crawfords. It has also been the venue for many local teams, including Little League, school teams and adult leagues.

Part game, part show, part history lesson, and all fun, the Flemington, NJ Neshanock team will play against local volunteers in bare-handed baseball, wearing period uniforms and using rules from 1864. The event will also include a short lesson on the history of the game and a recitation of “Casey at the Bat,” as well as a few interesting surprise appearances, such as Larry Doby’s granddaughter, Nicole Lynn Frasier, who will share her memories of baseball and its significance to her when she was a child.

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Struggling in New Jersey

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 4:50pm  |  COMMENTS (31)

ALICE households

Living in New Jersey gets more difficult each year. According to a study by the Legal Services of New Jersey Poverty Research Institute, one in three people in the Garden State can barely make ends meet.

Federal figures place the number of state households in poverty at 10.5 percent, but a report out this week from the United Way of Northern New Jersey says the actual number of struggling households are much higher, based on numbers from 2012 — 1.2 million, or 38 percent.

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Jewish High Holidays Round Up

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Jewish High Holidays

The Jewish High Holidays begin next week, with Rosh Hashanah, aka the Jewish New Year, starting at sundown on September 24. For many Jewish families, it is a holiday of reflection and renewal, as well as a time to share a holiday meal with family and friends. It is followed by a sacred 10-day period that culminates in Yom Kippur, beginning on October 3, the Jewish Day of Atonement, notable for its 24-hour fast.

Here is a round up of local High Holidays services, food and more:

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Giveaway: Tickets to See Slaid Cleaves at Outpost in the Burbs

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (4)

Slaid Cleaves

WINNER: Congratulations to gr8sk8!

Austin-based singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves will perform at Outpost in the Burbs on Friday, September 19 at 8 pm and Baristanet has a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky reader!

Slaid Cleaves spins stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart.Twenty years into his career, the celebrated songwriter’s most recent release, Still Fighting the War (2013) spotlights an artist in peak form. Cleaves’ seamless new collection delivers vivid snapshots as wildly cinematic as they are carefully chiseled. Dress William Faulkner with faded jeans and a worn six-string for a good idea. “Slaid’s a craftsman,”says TerriHendrix, who sings harmony on “Texas Love Song.” “He goes about his songs like a wood worker.”

Want to see Slaid Cleaves at Outpost in the Burbs on Friday night?

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Bloomfield Crime: Burglaries, Thefts, and Arrests

BY  |  Friday, Sep 12, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimeBurglaries, thefts, and several arrests in this week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:


09-04-2014 – A Broad Terrace resident reported that during the evening hours an actor or actors entered her home through a rear window. The victim believes that whoever entered was scared off by her dog. Nothing was reported to be missing.

09-05-2014 – A Daka Court resident reported that his home was broken into between the hours of 7:00 pm and 8:45 pm. Forced entry was gained through a first floor door inside a common hallway.

09-06-2014 – The victim of a burglary reported that sometime between 9/2/14 and 9/6/14 someone cut the lock off of his storage bin located on the 200 block of Grove Street and removed a flat screen television, a dell desktop computer and an HP laptop computer.

09-07-2014 – On the lower end of Belleville Avenue the victim of a burglary reported that someone forced open a storage room door and removed several bottles of liquor.

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Music, Food, and Fun to be Had at the Bloomfield HarvestFest and Eco-Fest

BY  |  Friday, Sep 12, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bloomfield HarvestFest

Next weekend, Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28, the 22nd annual Bloomfield HarvestFest, along with the Eco-Fest, will offer the biggest celebration in town.

Two days of live music, great shopping from local vendors, activities, a Kids Zone, and great food from local restaurants, like El Matador’s delicious tacos served out of their Mexi-Flip Taco Truck:

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Scenes From the Annual Essex County 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 4:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Chamber music from a string quartet filled the air this morning at the September 11th Memorial Plaza at Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange as the 13th annual Essex Remembers Ceremony was about to begin. Promptly, at 8 am, bagpipes wailed and the Essex County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard paraded the colors, hoisted the flag and set it at half mast for the occasion.

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Montclair’s “End of Summer” ShredFest

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)


Start gathering private documents that can be thrown away (check out these guidelines from and head to the Montclair End of  Summer Shredfest on Saturday, September 20 between 10 am – 2 pm. You’ll enjoy the peace of mind from seeing your confidential documents shredded, while boosting recycling and saving money and energy.

According to Gray Russell, the Sustainability Officer at Montclair’s Department of Environmental Affairs, Montclair’s recyclable paper is a valuable commodity, earning us as much as $65 per ton. But if thrown out as garbage, the same paper costs us over $85 per ton to burn at the Essex County Incinerator. Paying $85 to burn something worth $100 means we are wasting $150 per ton; as much as 5,000 tons of recyclable paper is thrown out every year in Montclair, so when we do the math, we’re actually burning almost a million dollars of our own money!

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