What I Did On My Summer Vacation

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 03, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

It’s the classic school essay that all children are asked to write the first week of school. The assignment provides the teacher insight to the student’s personality and writing and language ability, but, more importantly, it makes the writer reflect on the moments where memories were made. Something all ages should do.

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

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 9:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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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This Week, I’m________

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 12:45pm  |  COMMENTS (8)

Fabulous Beach Reads

Are you among the many locals on vacation this week? The neighborhood seems pretty empty and lonely, but on the plus side, I have been getting great parking spaces.

Take our poll and let us know if  you’re relaxing with your toes in the sand, enjoying a nice staycation, or crankily sitting at your desk working with only Labor Day to look forward to:

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Everybody Complains About the Weather, But Nobody Does Anything About It

BY  |  Monday, Aug 25, 2014 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (6)

The sunny days, low humidity and cool, crisp nights we’ve had most of this summer equal perfection to me. Added bonus — great hair days. However, if you ask my husband, he’d complain it’s too cold and say we haven’t had a summer this year. Everybody complains about the weather…

Want something to really complain about?

According to the 198th edition of the Farmers’ Almanac, which hits the store shelves today, “The winter of 2014–2015 will see below-normal temperatures for about three-quarters of the nation, with the most frigid areas occurring in and around the Northern Plains into the Great Lakes.”  It adds, “no region will see prolonged spells of above-normal temperatures.”

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Road Trip? Low Gas Prices Please At The Pump

Monday, Aug 18, 2014 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (5)

Gas price at Clifton Costo last week. Prices stay low according to Gas Buddy.com. Photo: Michael Reitman

Gas price at Clifton Costo last week. Prices stay low according to Gas Buddy.com. Photo: Michael Reitman

Gas prices have been falling for weeks and are lower than this time last year. According to GasBuddy, prices may even dip lower. Here’s what the prices are in Montclair, as of this morning. Take our poll and tell us whether low gas prices affect your driving habits: Continue Reading

Essay: There Is Nothing Special About This Glen

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (3)

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There is nothing special about this Glen.

Which is exactly what is special about it.

It’s a little spot of green that hugs a creek and some train tracks under a commuter town filled with gently aging Victorians, massive and occasionally lethal oaks, and a class of generally enlightened, nice and attractive strivers. The train takes you into New York City in 25 minutes, and the town just happens to be the place where I’ve lived the past 25 years.

I’ve raised two children here, which means I’m at the stage of life when just about anywhere in the world suddenly is on the table as a potential place to move. In that sense, I’m just like my kids. They’re just starting their adult lives; they could wind up anywhere. Diplomas are like visas: invitations to cross borders, explore new lands. I don’t have a current visa myself — my last diploma was in 1983 — but that doesn’t mean I’m not daydreaming about where to go next. In fact, moving almost feels inevitable, eventually, if only because of the $17,000-a-year property taxes. Continue Reading

Stephen Colbert: Now With The Sarah Palin Channel

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 11:11am  |  COMMENTS (4)

Stephen Colbert: Now With The Sarah Palin ChannelWe are going to miss Montclair’s Stephen Colbert “The Colbert Report” when it ceases to exist at years end (so Colbert can become the host of “The Late Show”), because of pranks like this one: Continue Reading

Glen Ridge Woman Launches Grey House Linens

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Niki full table shot

Sandy Weber has fond childhood memories of sitting at the dining room table, surrounded by beauty and family.

“I was lucky enough to grow up in a family that had Shabbat dinner on Friday nights, which included a bicker-free time period with my brother, my mom cooking really good food and my dad bringing home flowers (sooo nice!), which I helped arrange. I was also the table setter, which entailed laying out a pretty tablecloth and our best dishes. My parents entertained a lot and I was always involved in the preparations.”

Fast forward to her own family, and Weber was able to continue the tradition. “My mom had a lot to do with my interest in making a home feel pretty and loved. It happens that I hate cooking and avoid it completely, however, I married a fabulous cook, which allows me to focus on the details of making things look beautiful.”

Finding those beautiful things wasn’t always easy Weber discovered, when she became frustrated with the selection of tablecloths in retail stores. Continue Reading

Stephen Colbert and CBS’ Late Show To Stay Local

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Stephen Colbert Under Fire For Tweet From Comedy Central's @ColbertReportIt’s a win for New York — and Montclair. The good news is local Stephen Colbert sightings will continue, now that concerns over a move of The Late Show — and its new host — to California have been put to rest. Continue Reading

Are You WaterWise, Montclair?

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

WaterWise MontclairWanting to reduce water consumption in the township, Montclair is embarking on a comprehensive water conservation and efficiency program called WaterWise Montclair.

The first step is offering rain barrels to township residents at a deeply-discounted price. Retailing for around $150, the Township purchased 50-gallon “Ivy”® Rain Barrels in bulk for $72 each. To encourage their use, they will be sold for $36, saving residents over $100 on a barrel.

Montclair Sustainability Officer Gray Russell says that by conserving water more effectively, and by using more water-efficient products, our community can save money and energy, help to mitigate the effects of drought, and reduce over-consumption of our most precious natural resource.

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The cops don't need to be everywhere at once, the penalties need to be harsh. It is not hyperbole JC. No one is slowing down for a few hundred bucks. 5k or 10k and you can be sure that "speed won't be creeping up" on folks.

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