Face Painting, Performances and More For Montclair High’s Gay Mayday

BY  |  Thursday, May 19, 2016 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

gay marriage in NJMontclair High School’s Gay Straight Alliance will hold a Gay Mayday celebration this Saturday, May 21 from noon-5pm in Watchung Park. Students are raising money for the Ali Forney center, a homeless shelter for LGBT youth.

Face painting, light food and performers throughout the day, including T and Tessa, Matt Aarons, Tula Vera, Jonah Skeen, Passing Notes, Noah Grande and The Subcultures.

Crouching Mother, Hidden Gardener

BY  |  Friday, May 13, 2016 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

compostingThis Mother’s Day, Debbie Galant didn’t want jewelry or a spa treatment, she requested a composter. She writes about it on her blog Midcentury Modern:

So the sun finally made an appearance.

And so did my new composter. After all, the boy spent a year on an organic farm, and if I was ever going to activate the Earth Mama inside me, it was going to be while Organic Farm Boy was still living at home. So I made a Mother’s Day request, and he obliged.

Now, finally, I could discard all those banana peels and eggshells with the smug knowledge that I was not only helping the environment but creating world-class soil for my own garden.

The word “garden” being something of an overstatement.

But almost immediately after receiving my gift, Organic Farm Boy taught me some new terms.

Dry browns: the carbon-bearing dead matter (fall leaves, grass clippings, straw, twigs) that is needed to break down all that wet matter from the kitchen sink.

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Sponsored: You’re Invited: Bradford Bath and Tennis Club Open House, Sunday, May 15

BY  |  Wednesday, May 11, 2016 5:48pm

Bradford Bath and Tennis Club

Despite the recent cold and rainy weather, the hot, humid days of summer will soon be upon us.  Keeping your family cool and active is always a challenge but Bradford Bath and Tennis Club offers a great respite from the steamy days.

Bradford Bath and Tennis Club, “BBTC”  is a member-owned club, tucked away on the hilltop above Upper Montclair.  BBTC has seven sprawling acres of beautifully manicured grounds and offers an unbeatable setting with a stellar view of the NYC skyline.   BBTC has 2 heated pools, a baby pool, a sports court, paddle court and 8 tennis courts.

Bradford Bath and Tennis Club

But the best parts of BBTC are all the great members and fun things to do.  BBTC offers tennis for the beginners to the advanced players in your family.  BBTC has summer camp options for children ages 5 years and up.  BBTC has an award-winning swim team for school-aged children and a swim program for adults who want to work on their stroke or get a killer workout.

Bradford Bath and Tennis Club

BBTC has a big, well-maintained BBQ and picnic area and members take a lot of pride in preparing their yummy grilled meals.  For the nights you don’t want to grill, BBTC hosts catered dinner with guest chefs! There are several seasonal parties, live music nights, bingo nights, and fun 4th of July entertainment to keep summer moving along.

bbtc_logoIf you and your family want to have an unforgettable summer, please come up to BBTC and take a look.  We are hosting an open house this Sunday, May 15th from 3 to 5pm.  Please RSVP to to BBTC Executive Director Kevin McGlynn by calling 973-746-3108 or by emailing here




Lighten Up: Montclair Salons See Demand for Balayage

BY  |  Wednesday, May 11, 2016 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Balayage has been around for a while but this highlighting technique is trending and becoming one of the most popular hair color requests in salons these days.

A French word meaning to sweep or to paint, balayage gives your hair a sun-kissed natural look with softer, less noticeable regrowth lines. It’s not just for blondes either. Balayage can be used on brunettes or redheads to create dimension.

Baristanet spoke with two local stylists who do beautiful balayage work to learn more about this trend:

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My Mother’s Plates

BY  |  Sunday, May 08, 2016 9:49am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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My house was freezing so I went downstairs to add water to the boiler. It takes a bit of time so I started rummaging through some boxes that were damaged a few years ago by a flood in the basement. I still hadn’t gotten around to disposing of the moldy contents.

I came across an unmarked box marked “kitchen items” and on the bottom was a mound of bubble wrap. When I started to unravel it, I realized what it was.

When my mother was in her early twenties back in the fifties, she and some friends went traveling through Europe. Back then her whole world was open to her. This was a carefree time of life for her, a time when she was single and independent (not always one in the same back then). It was before she was told that she should not follow her dream to get a PhD in psychology because no one would ever marry a woman who would be “old” after finishing all that schooling. It was a time before she went on to marry my father and raise a family with seven children. Continue Reading

Montclair Art Museum Opens Vance Wall Art Education Center

BY  |  Friday, May 06, 2016 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Stephen Wall, son of Carol and Terry Wall, cuts the ribbon at the opening ceremony.

Last night, Montclair Art Museum officially opened its new Vance Wall Art Education Center with a festive celebration and ribbon cutting before MAM’s First Free Thursday night event.

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MPL to Host Elibrary Drop-In Support Sessions and Instructional Workshops

BY  |  Tuesday, May 03, 2016 8:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Public LibraryAre you a new patron of Montclair Public Library (MPL) or someone who wants to learn more about using its eLibrary services?

MPL will host eLibrary Drop-In Support sessions at various locations around town in May.

Below is the upcoming schedule:

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Montclair to Hold Edgemont Park House Ribbon-Cutting, May 3

BY  |  Sunday, May 01, 2016 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Edgemont Park House

Montclair will mark May as Older Americans Month with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially kick off senior programs and activities at the newly-renovated Edgemont Memorial Park House on Tuesday, May 3 from 10 am – 12 pm. Montclair senior residents are welcome to visit the Park House and view the renovations that were made possible in part by a grant from the Partners for Health Foundation.

Lifelong Montclair partner organizations will provide information and activities during the open house and light refreshments will be served.

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Happy Passover

BY  |  Friday, Apr 22, 2016 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Baristanet wishes those celebrating a happy and joyous Passover!



Dr. Ed Gold Runs Again For Montclair Public Library

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 14, 2016 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Montclair orthodontist Dr. Ed Gold is back at it again — running a marathon and raising money to support the Montclair Public Library.

On April 18, he will run the Boston Marathon raising funds to support MPL. This will be his 5th marathon since 2012, raising over $24,000 in donations for the Montclair Public Library Foundation’s annual appeal:

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Wow. I could relate to and empathize with much of the perspective shared here. It's an inspirational story and exemplary contribution to both local and national history. Thank you for sharing. Best of luck to Sara and the MHS Girls Softball Team! Go Blue!

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