Baristanet Profile: Marlene Bartos

BY  |  Friday, Aug 28, 2015 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Marlene Bartos

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

Name: Marlene Bartos

Where do you live? Montclair.

When did you move there? I’ve been in my current home since 2008.

Where did you grow up? I grew up about two miles from where I live now. I couldn’t wait to leave home to live in the city and left for NYU’s film school as soon as I could. Then I couldn’t wait to move back here after years of living in the city.

How do you make a living? I work in advertising. After a long career as a producer of TV commercials and other content, I put away the suitcase, switched gears and moved to the music side of the industry. I’m the executive producer and managing director of a company that creates music for advertising, themed entertainment, installations and a variety of media.

Coffee, tea or … ? Coffee in the morning. Wine in the evening. Tea in the middle of the day in the middle of winter.

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Back to School Classes For Adults

BY  |  Friday, Aug 28, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Your kids are going back to school and you can too!

Here are some fun grown-up options for learning, enrichment, and expanding your horizons:

wine classes

Go “Back to Wine School” with Amanti Vino. The boutique wine and beer shop offers a satellite classroom for the WSET, one of the most highly accredited wine & spirit education programs in the world. The Level 2 class is appropriate for students who have a serious interest in wine and wish to broaden their knowledge. And perk—Wine tasting is a part of every class! Successful candidates receive the WSET Level 2 Award. This class runs for 8 weeks, starting Wednesday, September 16, and the cost of the program is $818 per student.


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Latest Update on Gateway Phase 2 Redevelopment Shared at Montclair Planning Board Meeting

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (11)

Architect Ira Smith presenting status of redevelopment areas of Montclair.

Architect Ira Smith presenting status of redevelopment areas of Montclair.

Updates to the latest draft of Montclair’s Gateway Phase 2 Redevelopment Plan were presented to the public at Monday evening’s workshop Planning Board meeting.

Gateway 2 comprises a number of properties at the intersection of Valley Road and Bloomfield Avenue, which have been declared areas in need of redevelopment or rehabilitation by the Township Council. Monday evening’s discussion focused on the area on the northeast corner of Bloomfield Avenue and Valley Road, which encompasses part of Portland Place. The plan currently includes townhouses on the south side of Portland Place, with a parking deck and a 60,000 square foot self-storage facility behind them. The current Police Department Building on the corner of Valley Road would be retrofitted and be converted into mixed-use retail and residential use.

Montclair Planning Director Janice Talley opened the meeting by explaining that the Board’s subcommittee had met with representatives from Portland Place since the previous workshop held on July 27th, and they had made changes to address some of their concerns, as well as other concerns raised at the July meeting.

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The Weekend: Music, a Feast, and a Carnival!

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Hurray for the Riff Raff is Alynda Lee SegarraPhoto credit: Sarrah Danziger

This weekend offers great music and festivity.

We told you about:

Here’s what else is happening this weekend:

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Art of Eric Carle, Music, Food, and More at the MAM Lawn Party

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

MAM Lawn Party

Montclair Art Musuem (MAM) is throwing a Lawn Party on September 12 and you’re invited!

The day-long celebration will highlight the opening of the Montclair Art Museum’s exhibition Eric Carle: Animals and Friends and include a special Parents Who Rock 10th Anniversary Benefit Concert for MAM. Join MAM and Parents Who Rock outside on the Museum’s lawn for performances by over 20 local bands, bring the kids for family-friendly activities, see MAM’s brand new exhibitions, enter to win exciting raffle baskets, and enjoy delicious fare from a variety of food vendors. And all for free!

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A Mac N’ Cheese Burger: Yay or No Way?

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

cloverleaf tavern

This week’s food question features another specialty burger. This time, it’s a Mac N’ Cheese Burger from Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell. It’s the Caldwell House Burger topped with melted cheddar mac n’ cheese and crispy bacon bits.

The restaurant and bar likes to be inventive with its burgers and regularly offers a specialty”Burger of the Week.” Past offerings were a BBQ Brisket Burger, a Guinness Short Rib Burger, and a French Onion Burger.

Tell us what you think: Mac N’ Cheese Burger: Yay or No Way?



Montclair Mayor, Council Express Frustration Over Delayed Infrastructure Projects

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Director of Community Services Steve Wood and Township Engineer Kim Craft at the August 25 Montclair Township Council meeting

Director of Community Services Steve Wood and Township Engineer Kim Craft at the August 25 Montclair Township Council meeting

The Montclair Township Council’s August 25 meeting was relatively short, with only half an hour needed to pass the the six pending ordinances, the new ordinances and the eight resolutions on the agenda.  But it lasted for another half hour after that when Mayor Robert Jackson brought up the matter of delays on infrastructure projects, especially the work on Park Street and the area around Montclair High School.  Township Engineer Kim Craft and Director of Community Services Steve Wood had been in the gallery since the meeting formally started, indicating that they knew Mayor Jackson wanted to press the issue, as it was not on the agenda.

The mayor asked Craft and Wood when new intersection lights at Park and Chestnut Streets would be installed, and Craft said she would have to meet with the contractor the following day for an answer.  She also conceded that the new signals may not be installed in time for the first day of school on September 8, but she noted that the foundations are in and that the work should produce only minor disruption when it is undertaken.  Craft said that she talked to the police department about the phasing of the new lights, with plans to have a phase for pedestrians during arrival and dismissal times.  The phasing would otherwise remain the same as with the old signals.

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Water Conservation Alert from the Montclair Water Utility

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 7:20am  |  COMMENTS (0)

waterThe Montclair Water Utility has issued an end-of-summer Water Conservation Alert to all customers. Due to a dry summer season, even though we are not yet in a drought emergency, we need to reduce excessive water use outside our homes.

Residents are asked to only water lawns and gardens when absolutely necessary: if it hasn’t rained in one full week, residents should water just once per week, in the early morning or early evening (never mid-day), for an hour. Watering deeply but less frequently builds a stronger, healthier, drought-resistant root system.

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Bloomfield Crime: Aggravated Assault & Robbery, Stolen Packages, and Several Arrests

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

crimeThis week’s Bloomfield crime blotter from Sgt. Anthony J. Servedio:

Aggravated Assault / Robbery

On August 14, 2015 a 40 year old Bloomfield woman was assaulted and robbed at 9:00 pm, on N. 15th Street. The victim told investigators that she was walking on N. 15th Street when two suspects approached her in a dark colored vehicle and began flirting. The suspects exited the vehicle and began assaulting the victim but were scared off when an uninvolved vehicle passed by the scene. The suspects stole the victim’s pocketbook which was valued at approximately $200.00 and contained another $500.00 dollars in property. The victim was treated at a local medical facility for what was described as facial injuries, including a broken nose. The suspects were described by the victim as being two black males.  Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact the Bloomfield Police Department Detective Bureau at 973-680-4084.


8/17/2015 – A resident of Birch Street reported to police that a package delivered by U.S. Postal Service on August 5th to his home, was never received. Delivery records indicate the package was signed for but not by the victim or his wife. The contents of the stolen package were valued at $3,500.00.

8/17/2015 – A resident of Park Street reported to police that a package delivered to his building, was never received. A security video is being reviewed for possible evidence that may lead to the identity of a suspect. The contents of the stolen package were valued at $157.58.

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Food, Rides, and More at St. Sebastian’s Feast and Carnival in Montclair

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


The 89th St. Sebastian’s Feast and Carnival will set up shop at Kaveny Field in Montclair with rides (including the new “Ring of Fire Roller coaster”), games, bocce, music, face painting and zeppoles! It all happens from August 26 – 30.

Festivities end on Sunday, August 30 at 3:30 pm with the Procession of the statue of St. Sebastian beginning at Our Lady of Mount Carmel through the streets of Montclair, where it will arrive at the feast at 6:30 pm.

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Thank you for this story!!! I must admit I was never a fan of this wall and always wondered about it when I drove by. Now that I know the story behind it, I think I will admire it when I drive by. I am sorry for Dr. Bloom's loss and hope that his work on the wall will continue to provide him some measure of solace.

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