Anti-Racism Organizer to Speak at Montclair Synagogue

BY  |  Sunday, Jan 22, 2017 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

anti-racistBnai Keshet’s Anti-Racism Committee will host a community discussion on Friday, January 28 at 8 pm, about what it means to be Jewish, white and committed to social justice in 2017.

The discussion will be lead by Bonnie Berman Cushing, a licensed clinical social worker and anti-racist organizer and educator. She is a trainer with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, a trainer and board member for the Center for the Study of White American Culture and a founding member of the North Jersey Branch of the Antiracist Alliance and European Dissent. She also edited a book: Living in the Tension: The Quest for a Spiritualized Racial Justice.

For more information, call the synagogue office at 973-746-4889.






Batten Down The Hatches: Nor’easter To Bring Severe Weather

BY  |  Sunday, Jan 22, 2017 11:50am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Batten Down The Hatches: Nor'easter To Bring Severe Weather

We won’t get snow, but heavy rains and strong winds are coming. The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook and a Wind Advisory for our area:

Today and tonight: Expect areas of fog to reduce visibility to 1/2 mile or less through noon.

Tomorrow through Saturday: Heavy rain and strong winds, with strongest winds hitting mid-day on Monday through the evening.

Storm could cause downed trees and power lines as well as power outages, as well as difficult driving conditions.

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Jan. 22

BY  |  Saturday, Jan 21, 2017 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

More than 20 open houses in the Baristaville area this weekend.

3 Bellegrove Drive, Montclair

122 Bellegrove

List Price: $779,000
Taxes: $26,148
Acreage: 0.39
BRM/BTH: 5/3.1

122 Belle Kit

Colonial near Brookdale & Yantacaw parks featuring a modern kitchen with granite counters, white cabinetry, Viking stove, and new Bosch dishwasher. Large living and dining rooms. Second floor has master bedroom with steam shower, two other bedrooms and hall bathroom with jetted tub. Third floor has two bedrooms and baths. Family room, laundry and storage in finished basement. Open 2-4 p.m.

10 Crestmont Road, 3-D, Montclair

List Price: $345,000
Taxes: Included in $2,053 maintenance fee
Acreage: 4.94
BRM/BTH: 3/2

Pre-WWII Georgian brick co-op offering high ceilings, bay windows, new oak floors and herringbone floors. Sunny 3 BR unit with western exposures, two newer tiled baths, kitchen with tiled counters and backsplash and custom cabinets. Maintenance fee includes: heat, gas, water, hot water, 24 hour doorman and security, building & grounds care, property taxes, interest on underlying mortgage. Approximately 36.6% of the monthly maintenance is tax deductible. Super lives on premises. Number of shares for unit is 724; 1600+ square feet. Garage parking $50 a month; exterior parking $25/month. No dogs, two cats allowed. Open 2-4 p.m.

361 Claremont Ave, Montclair

122 Claremont

List Price: $359,000
Taxes: $8,529
Acreage: 1.53
BRM/BTH: 2/2

Multi-level mid-century, edge-of-downtown 2-bath condo with open feel. Unit features stainless steel/quartz kitchen with subway tile backsplash. First floor bedroom has separate door to hall bath. Upstairs master has three double closets, and en suite bathroom. Attic storage. Outside parking; garage space $50 mo. when available. Heat & water included in monthly maintenance. Pets OK, 2 dogs.

49 Red Maple Ave, Bloomfield

122 Bloom

List Price: $359,000
Taxes: $10,973
Acreage: 0.12
BRM/BTH: 4/2

Cape Cod style home in Brookdale section. First floor features living room, dining room, kitchen, two bedrooms and a new full bath. Second floor offers two bedrooms with double closets and a new full bath. Home has central air, new electrical service and panels, newer vinyl siding, Andersen tilt-wash windows. Finished basement. Quiet backyard with patio. One car garage with entrance to basement. Open 12-4 p.m.

2 Roswell Terrace, Glen Ridge

122 GR

List Price: $649,000
Taxes: $18,294
Acreage: 0.14
BRM/BTH: 4/2.2

Center-hall Colonial in the heart of Glen Ridge built in 1926 with open porch featuring living room with wood burning fireplace, hardwood floors, patio, detached one car garage. Open 2-4 p.m.

95 Kingwood Drive, Little Falls

122 LF

List Price: $589,000
Taxes: $14,734
Acreage: 0.23
BRM/BTH: 3/2.1

Colonial with hardwood floors, living room with wood burning fireplace. Updated kitchen, 3-4 bedrooms, family room is fully tiled and spacious, full wall of windows, it also has sliding patio doors leading to the yard. Garage has a loft. The basement has heat and lots of storage. Two-zone central air, kitchen has 6 burner Viking cook top with and double wall oven. Maple cabinets, granite counter tops. Bus to NYC is right at the corner. Open 1-4 p.m.

Glen Ridge Schools Support Red Sneakers Foundation with Allergy Awareness Week and Red Sneaker Day

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Glen Ridge Schools are raising awareness of the dangers of food allergies.

Throughout the week of January 23rd, 2017, Glen Ridge Public School administrators, teachers, medical staff, students and parents will join forces to help generate awareness about the dangers of food allergies. The week-long effort will culminate with Red Sneaker Day on Friday, January 27, 2017, when Glen Ridge students, school staff and parents will wear red sneakers (and/or other red apparel) in support of the Red Sneakers Foundation – a newly formed organization that was created by the parents of Oakley Debbs, an 11-year-old boy and friend of a Glen Ridge family, who passed away just after Thanksgiving, as a result of complications from a nut allergy.

Red sneakers were Oakley’s favorite shoes, and the Red Sneakers Foundation was created shortly after his death in effort to help raise awareness of the dangers of food and nut allergies, through educational programs, research and public policy initiatives. The hope of the foundation is that one day red sneakers might serve as a universal reminder of the dangers of nut allergies nationwide, if not worldwide. Continue Reading

Women’s March On Washington – Montclair Edition UPDATED

BY  |  Saturday, Jan 21, 2017 7:36am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Women's March On Washington - Montclair Edition (Developing)

2:50 a.m: In the predawn hours Saturday, less than 24 hours after the inauguration of Donald Trump, hundreds of local residents boarded a line of chartered buses in front of Montclair High School. The six buses were bound for The Women’s March on Washington, a massive national rally expected to draw crowds five times larger than the inauguration itself.

Though the morning was still pitch-black, the buses’ headlights illuminated the marchers, some of whom carried signs displaying hopeful and angry sentiments: “I could be at home but you give me no choice” — “No Room for Hate Here” — “Rebellions are Built on Hope.”

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Montclair resident Constance Harding was there with two friends, Mallory and John, also of Montclair. “I’m here to support women’s rights and to protest sexual assault,” she said. “I’m a 3-time sexual assault survivor. I’m here to kick some ass.”

Harding, like many of the other women in line, wore a “pussy hat” — a pink knitted hat with cat ears — in reference to Trump’s comments on Access Hollywood about “grabbing women by the pussy.”

“What could be better than working with women in pink pussy hats?” her friend, Mallory Visser, laughed. “We get to meet a bunch of people and scream at three o’clock in the morning!”

Visser, one of the volunteer coordinators of the Montclair marchers, worked as a program coordinator for the Children’s Trauma Center of the New Jersey Battered Women’s Service. Last week, she and her boyfriend John had been in Newark working with NJ Senators Cory Booker and Menendez to help protect the Affordable Care Act.

“I’m not very politically active,” admitted John, a musician. “But there’s a lot to be lost for women in a Trump administration. Hopefully this will help.”

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10:00 a.m: With the dawn of a grey, misty day, the sea of pink hats converged on the city. On foot, by bus, by car, the people streamed into the streets, a swelling crowd that grew into the hundreds of thousands by mid-morning. Police cars, motorcycles and barricades were everywhere, from 2nd Street NW all the way to Pennsylvania Avenue. The crowd of mostly women — but a large turnout of men, too, some wearing pink hats themselves — made their way to the Independence Avenue main stage to hear a lineup of speakers that included political activists, celebrities and Congressional leaders. These included Gloria Steinem,Michael Moore, Alicia Keyes, Madonna, Scarlett Johansson, Ashely Judd, America Ferrara, California Senator Kamala Harris and Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth.

Steinem addressed the crowd first, beginning by thanking “the hardworking visionary organizers of this women-led, inclusive march” and advocating for a collective resistance.

“We will not be quiet, we will not be controlled,” she said. “We will work for a world in which all countries are connected. God may be in the details, but the goddess is in connections.”

Steinem’s remarks also included a call for female self-reliance (“no more asking daddy”) and a prediction: “This is a day that will change us forever . . . we will never be the same again.”

Other speakers also delivered powerful messages. Film director Michael Moore encouraged the jam-packed crowd to get involved politically, even to run for office. “We have to take over the Democratic Party,” he said. “We need new young leaders. We need new women leaders. We need new leaders of color.”

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Referring to people who believe Donald Trump won’t be in office for his full term, Moore joked, “You have a job to do for the next…let’s just say months. You have to call your Congressional representatives every single day.”

Judd recited a poem by Nina Donovan, a 19-year-old from Tennessee, that began with, “I am a nasty woman.”

The poem, which drew loud cheers, went on to excoriate the new president and his administration with lines like, “I’m not as nasty as a swastika painted on a pride flag” and “I feel Hitler in these streets, a mustache traded for a toupee.”

As the speeches wore on, the crowd got restless, at times chanting, “Let’s go march!” Even before the presentations were over, people spilled out onto the streets.

1:30 p.m: The crowd made its way up Independence and Constitution Avenues, heading for the Washington Monument. The marchers were raucous but upbeat, carrying colorful signs demanding gender equality, human rights protections and support for various progressive causes.


2:30 p.m: The crowd had gained force. Charging toward the White House, they were cheered by onlookers on bridges, raising their fists in solidarity. Huge, elaborate banners flew. Performers in elaborate theatrical costumes joined the wave of marchers, chanting rhythmically as drummers kept the beat. Women on stilts wearing sparkling outfits towered over the moving crowd. “This is what Democracy looks like!” the demonstrators chanted. “Hands too small to build a wall!” “Ain’t no power like the power of the people, cause the power of the people don’t stop!”

And so the march continued, determined, loud, energized by the people’s solidarity.

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3:30 p.m: Everyone arrived at the Ellipse, a grassy area between the Washington Monument and the White House. Though the march officially ended there, some of the marchers continued demonstrating throughout the afternoon and into the night.

4:55 p.m: According to news reports, President Donald Trump, on his way back from his visit to the CIA, passed thousands of people protesting on the streets. The huge number of marchers gathered at the Ellipse was also clearly visible from the White House.


5:30 p.m: As darkness fell over Washington DC, the streets gradually emptied of protesters. The police presence remained, however. Because the streets were still closed off, most of the marchers left by subway, squeezing into packed train cars.

6:00 pm: Despite advance notice of the march, the city seemed unprepared for the half a million protesters who showed up. By 6 pm, most of the participants were hungry and tired, hoping for dinner and a rest. For many of them, their search yielded only hot dogs, park benches and long lines at port-a-potties.

7:00 pm: Exhausted but ebullient, the Montclair marchers boarded their bus for the four-hour journey home. Settling into a block of seats near the front, one family – who had three generations in attendance at the march – talked about what the experience meant to them.

“I’m a child of the 60s, and I watched how much public protest can change the world,” said Mary Le Fever, 69, sitting next to her daughter, Liz Moore, and grandson, Ben Mulick, both of Caldwell. “I want our president to know that women aren’t going to sit here and let our rights get eroded away.”

Le Fever, a retired schoolteacher, had traveled from California with her friend, Cindy Valadez, to attend the flagship DC march.

“It meant a great deal to me to be there,” she said. “I come from a long line of strong women. My mother escaped to the U.S. after the Mexican revolution. I believe there’s nothing women can’t do.”

11:30 pm: As the line of Montclair buses pulled up to the high school and passengers disembarked, they looked happy but tired. It had been, as Gloria Steinem said it would be, a day the marchers would never forget.


Photos/video: Linda Federico-O’Murchu. Group photo with buses: Blue Wave New Jersey.

Psst! We Got The Skinny On Montclair Food & Wine Festival’s “Speakeasy”

BY  |  Friday, Jan 20, 2017 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

There will be plenty of hooch, jazz, flappers and deviled eggs to take you back to the Prohibition era when you set foot in the 1922 historic venue that is the Wellmont Theater, to experience “The Speakeasy,” a Montclair Food and Wine Festival event with Amanti Vino on Saturday, January 28.

Featuring fine culinary bites from more than 20 area restaurants, intoxicating cocktails and the sultry sounds of Trent Armand Kendall + Brass Illusion, it’s this winter’s hottest ticket and you can buy yours here. And we have some secrets to share, including the password that will help you get in the door faster: Continue Reading

Baristanet Profile: Charles Rosen

BY  |  Friday, Jan 20, 2017 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Charles Rosen

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

Name: Charles Rosen

Where do you live? Montclair, NJ

When did you move there? Seeing as my wife was pregnant with our now 12-yr-old, I might want to stop saying, “we just moved to Montclair from the West Village.”

Where did you grow up? Kingston, Canada. (I get asked “when are you moving back,” a lot.)

How do you make a living? There’s an old joke –
Q: How do you make a small fortune farming?
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Montclair Portrait Photographer Captures Spirit of Women’s March on Washington

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Women’s rights, gay rights, racial justice and equality, and fears for the future are just some of reasons women will march tomorrow, in Washington, in New York, and in other smaller marches across the country. Some cannot march but lend their spirit and support to the event, and others march to ensure that the voices of those that may not be heard are represented.

Kate Albright Women's March on Washington

Kate Albright, a portrait photographer who lives in Montclair, found herself inspired by women around her, both the women preparing to march and the women who can’t but stand in solidarity. Albright saw an opportunity to create art from these women’s stories and through her lens created a portrait project featuring women from Montclair, Bloomfield, Belleville, Nutley and Manhattan. The project also offered women the chance to share their stories. Continue Reading

Panel Discussion at MSU on Trump’s First 100 Days: What It Might Mean for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Trump's First 100 Days: What It Might Mean for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Montclair State University will host a panel discussion on what Trump’s presidency will mean for innovation and entrepreneurship on Monday, January 30 at 6 pm.

You’ll hear from:

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Weekend Family Highlights: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Hamilton History and More!

BY  |  Friday, Jan 20, 2017 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

The weekend is here! Hooray! There’s plenty going on around town and beyond. Here’s a sampling!

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Frosty Friday in Bloomfield! Bring the kids to the Bloomfield High School cafeteria for pictures with Frozen characters, bingo, carnival games, face painting, arts & crafts and refreshments. Tickets are $10.00/child and $4.00/adult and can be purchased at the door.

Maple Sugaring Demonstrations continue this weekend at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center (247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township). Learn about the process of maple sugaring, identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and make syrup over a wood-fired evaporator. Demonstrations are one hour in length and begin at 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM on Saturday only. Cost is $3 per person age 3 and up. No registration is required but seating is first come, first served.


Also on Saturday, Just Kidding at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway, NYC) will host a day of puppetry with the German puppet show “Punschi” (Sandglass Theater). Performances will be held at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM, with an approximate run time of 60 minutes for each. Enjoy two tales in each session including Kasper and the Surprise performed by Jana Zeller and Fritzi’s Flea Circus performed by Shoshanna Bass. Both stories are fun and playful and will engage audience members of all ages. Tickets are $17 ($14 for members).

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South Orange Performing Arts Center (One SOPAC Way, South Orange) will present The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, a dance performance based on C.S. Lewis’ classic novel, on Saturday at 2:00 PM. Set in Narnia, and featuring the beloved characters from the book, this performance is for children ages 5 and up an is approximately 55 minutes long. Tickets are $20 for children and $25 for adults.

On Saturday, Montclair Art Museum (3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair) will host their monthly Family Art Adventure from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Explore and discuss artwork and participate in a hands-on project in the studio. This activity is for children ages 6-12 and their adult companions. Reservations are not required. Cost is $18 per family for non-members and $6 per family for members.

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Also on Saturday, DiMenna Children’s History Museum at New -York Historical Society (170 Central Park West @ 77th Street, NYC) will host a Hamilton-Themed Family Benefit Party from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Parents and children ages 4-14 are invited to meet Alexander Hamilton and learn about his life with fun, interactive activities throughout the Museum. Tickets are $75 per child and $150 per adult. This event will raise funds to help the New-Work Historical Society and the DiMenna Children’s History Museum continue to provide exceptional experiences and unique programming.

On Sunday (and most Sundays through March 12), enjoy an afternoon of guided snowshoeing on the trails of Pyramid Mountain NHA (473 Boonton Avenue, Montville Twp). Use your own showshoes or rent a pair. No experience is necessary. This event is free and for children ages 10 and up with their adult companions. Preregistration is required.

The Elisabeth Morrow School of Englewood will host a free family event on Sunday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Weehawkin Port Imperial Terminal NY Waterway (4800 Avenue at Port Imperial, Weehawkin). Children of all ages can receive musical instruction on an instrument of their choice, and try out various instruments at the Musical Petting Zoo. They can also enjoy face painting, a balloon maker, and free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

Also on Sunday, stop by Montclair Art Museum for Drop-In Studio between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. The new Helen & Bill Geyer Art Studio will be stocked with a range of art materials to explore with a seasoned MAM studio instructor. This is free for members and included in Museum admission for non-members.

For more upcoming events, check out the family friendly events, showcased in green, on Baristanet Calendar.

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Montclair is relatively heterogenous and, it could fairly be said, takes pride in its diversity. Has Montclair named a street or school after Dr. King? Why is that?

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