Fans Flock to Yogi Berra Museum to Celebrate Number 8

BY  |  Monday, Oct 05, 2015 10:15am

Berra grandchildren Larry and Lindsay as well as sons Larry, Tim and Dale reminisced about Yogi.

Berra grandchildren Larry and Lindsay as well as sons Larry, Tim and Dale reminisced about Yogi.

To best describe fans’ devotion to Montclair’s most beloved Baseball Hall of Famer, you’d have to turn a well-known Yogi-ism inside out: Everybody still went there, even though the place was crowded.

“It was a wonderful tribute to Yogi and a testament to how he touched so many lives,” said David Kaplan, director of the Museum and Learning Center. “All the youth performers were remarkable. It was a beautiful day – Yogi probably ordered the great weather – to celebrate his life and legacy in a special way.” Continue Reading

Recognizing Montclair and The 25th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act

BY  |  Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 10:13am  |  COMMENTS (2)

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Today, we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act. Locally, Montclair made its own impacy on disability awareness with “I Am Montclair” a short film about community and a call for action to improve acknowledgment, acceptance and inclusion of individuals with disabilities.

If you haven’t seen the film, take a moment to view it here. You’ll see plenty of familiar faces — personal interviews including people with and without disabilities, advocates, families and caregivers — in this disability awareness project by, for and about the Montclair community.

Yogi Berra Celebrates Turning 90 with New Rings, Proclamations and More (VIDEO)

BY  |  Wednesday, May 13, 2015 5:45pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

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Montclair’s most famous nonagenarian, Yogi Berra, celebrated his milestone 90th birthday at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, where he, with help from granddaughter Lindsay Berra, cut the ribbon to unveil brand new exhibits at the Museum as well as 27 New York Yankees championship rings, including the 10 that he won as a player, and exact replicas of his three Most Valuable Player awards. Many of the items replacing treasures that had been stolen, were provided by Major League Baseball, the Yankees and the Mets. Continue Reading

Peaceful Rally in Montclair: “Black Lives Matter!”

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015 2:58pm  |  COMMENTS (35)

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A peaceful rally took place on Bloomfield Avenue and New Street in Montclair this afternoon. Continue Reading

Have You Heard The Sound Of Summer At Montclair Center Stage?

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (8)

Alfresco meals and music make for magical Saturday nights.

Alfresco meals and music make for magical Saturday nights.

If you experienced a Saturday night this summer on Church Street, then it’s no surprise to you that Montclair Center is in the running for the Best Downtown in North Jersey (but yes, take two seconds now to go and vote!)


This summer, with live music from 5-10 p.m., thanks to Center Stage Saturdays, Church Street has really come alive. Last Saturday, on Labor Day weekend, the street was packed and the vibe was ebullient, celebratory, with a throng around the stage and people milling about up and down the street, like one big party. Continue Reading

After Outpost, Becoming Obsessed With Jimmy Webb

Monday, Oct 21, 2013 11:53am  |  COMMENTS (1)

webb 1It’s a healthy obsession. Linda Halper writes about her experience seeing Jimmy Webb. (Read the Baristanet interview with the acclaimed singer/songwriter here): Continue Reading

Danza Dazzles In Paper Mill Playhouse “Honeymoon in Vegas”

BY  |  Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

“Honeymoon in Vegas” at the Paper Mill PlayhouseIf you needed any further proof that Jason Robert Brown is the greatest active composer of American musical theater, you’ll find it at Millburn, New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse, where his magnum opus, “Honeymoon in Vegas” is playing through October 27th. This brilliant masterpiece combines Mr. Brown’s incisive sensibility and magnificent sense for music with the air and confidence of a great old-fashioned musical from the ‘30s or ‘40s. This is the kind of show that comes along once or twice in a lifetime, the kind you tell your kids you saw.

To clarify—“Honeymoon in Vegas” is good; terrifyingly good; almost too good. Everything about it—its beautiful, lyrically divine score, its self-aware, ridiculous humor, and especially its unmatched cast—is flawless. Based on the 1992 film starring Nicholas Cage and James Caan, the musical follows Jack Singer (the exceedingly talented Rob McClure), a New Yorker with a fear of commitment and a penchant for poker who’s convinced his mother (Nancy Opel) laid a curse on him on her deathbed. She demanded that he never get married, insisting that no girl could love him like his mama does. Mr. McClure takes this premise and runs with it, dialing up his deeply ingrained talent for hand-wringing and combining it with a manic energy and a devotion to his role that made me wish I hadn’t missed his recent Tony-nominated turn in “Chaplin.” Continue Reading

One Year/One Minute: A New Jersey Woman’s Breast Cancer Story

BY  |  Monday, Oct 07, 2013 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Jersey City’s Emily Helck captures in one minute what her life was like after breast cancer. Continue Reading

Bloomfield Mayor Bags Groceries At Brookdale ShopRite For Partners in Caring Day

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 5:00pm

Bloomfield Mayor Ray McCarthy was at Brookdale ShopRite’s checkout counters today asking “paper or plastic?”

For the past several years, Mayor McCarthy bags groceries to raise awareness by symbolically “bagging” hunger in the community and raise funds for local community food banks as part of ShopRite Partners in Caring Day.

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A Book for the Beach, Backyard or Bus

BY  |  Monday, Aug 19, 2013 8:29am

beach readingAs summer begins to wind down, and many Baristaville folks head to vacations either far-flung or at the Jersey Shore, we’re wondering what books you might be bringing along. What will (or did you) stash in a suitcase or get lined up on your e-reader? Even if you’re not headed out of town, are you looking for something to read on your commute?

If you’re looking for suggestions, you can check back to our 2013 beach read suggestions, peruse the comments on our post about Philip Roth where Baristanet readers suggested other books set in our area of New Jersey. Continue Reading

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