Chef Rodgee, How Does Your Gorgeous Garden in Bloomfield Grow?

BY  |  Friday, Aug 19, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (3)


Rodgee Cao, owner of Spice Thai Cuisine in Bloomfield, not only excels at cooking Thai food, but is a master home gardener. After seeing some of the photos of his garden he shares on his Facebook page, Baristanet reached out to learn, and see, more.

After living in New York City in apartments with no access to a garden for many years, Rodgee and his partner moved to New Jersey in 2012. “When 9/11 happened, we felt it was time to move out of the city and bought a house in Bloomfield very close to public transportation. At first, I hated it but gradually, I found some outlet to start enjoying the suburban way of living.”

That outlet was gardening. “I was very young when I first started gardening. My father was a teacher and a farmer. We had rice fields mainly for consumption. Our basic diet then was eating a lot of vegetables that we grew, a lot of fish that we caught, and jasmine white rice. We get to eat meat during special occasions. When I was like 9 or 10 years of age, I started my vegetable garden with bitter melon, eggplants, bok choy, stringbeans, peppers, tomatoes, and other herbs my Mom used for cooking. That’s where my love affair with gardening and my appreciation for flowers began.” shares Rodgee.

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Seen in Maplewood – No Trump Parking

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (13)

!trumpsignsizedSomeone doesn’t want Trump in Maplewood. Seen near the post office, a sign prohibiting Trump parking. Seen any strange signs, political or otherwise? Tell us in comments or drop an email to

Matching Grants Campaign to Expand Lifelong Learning Opportunities for Older Adults

BY  |  Sunday, Aug 14, 2016 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Institute for Lifelong LearningThe Montclair Institute for Lifelong Learning (MILL), part of the Lifelong Montclair aging in place initiative,  is a collaborative effort of four partner organizations:  Montclair Public Library and its Adult School of Montclair Department, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair Historical Society, and Montclair State University.  MILL believes you’re never too old for learning and they help foster opportunities for in-depth, high-level learning and socialization for Montclair’s 55+ adults through free classes offered over six weeks.  

In an effort to expand access to lifelong learning for older adults in Montclair and strengthen Lifelong Montclair’s vision to build Montclair into an even greater place to grow older, the partners are launching a Back to School Again fundraising campaign.  The goals are to meet the growing demand for classes and to keep them FREE and accessible for all.  

Donors may designate their gifts to one of three program areas, including the Arts, Health & Wellness, and History & Current Events, in addition to “wherever it’s needed most.”  Even better, each donation will be matched $1 for $1 by Partners for Health, doubling its impact!

To learn more or to make a donation, visit, email or call (973) 746-6130.



Blooms in Hand, A Wrapped Bouquet Delivery Service, Blossoms in Montclair

BY  |  Monday, Aug 08, 2016 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Anna Coy, a Montclair floral designer, creates lasting satin and crystal bridal bouquets for her busines To Hold & To Have. Coy also loves working with real blooms and creating gorgeous arrangements. She wondered if launching a wrapped bouquet delivery service could work in Montclair. Coy put her idea out on the Montclair Watercooler in April to gauge interest and received an enthusiastic response.

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Bnai Keshet Hosts Meet and Greet for Prospective Members

BY  |  Friday, Aug 05, 2016 3:14pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bnai Keshet Bnai Keshet is hosting a coffee and conversation for prospective members from 10:00-11:00am on Sunday, August 7, 2016. The event will be held at Bnai Keshet in Montclair. Prospective members are invited to join Rabbi Elliott Tepperman and Rabbi Arian Weitzman, along with members of the community for ice tea or coffee. Hear about the congregation and its religious school and get the answers to your questions. For more information, call the office at 973-698-6217 or email






Essex County Woman to Represent Team USA in Fencing at the Olympics

BY  |  Friday, Aug 05, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Ibtihaj_Muhammad_2014-15_Orleans_WC_teams_t130543Ibtihaj Muhammad of Maplewood, NJ, will represent the United States (and Essex County) at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games which begin tonight with opening ceremonies at 7 pm.

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Brookdale ShopRite Throws Goodbye Party to a Favorite 15 Year Employee

BY  |  Monday, Aug 01, 2016 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (7)

Brookdale ShopRite CEO Neil Greenstein and Associate Sean Quinlan

Brookdale ShopRite CEO Neil Greenstein and Associate Sean Quinlan

Sean Quinlan loves Elvis, his family, and his job. The 37 year old man with Down syndrome has been working as a bagger at Brookdale ShopRite for the past 15 years. August 12th will be his last day at work because he is moving to Morris County. This morning, CEO Neil Greenstein, General Manager Jerry Manley, and fellow associates, threw Sean an “Elvis-themed” going away party for his service.

Sean grew up in Bloomfield and attended the public schools before attended ECLC of New Jersey, which offers education and career training to persons with disabilities. It was through the help of ECLC that Sean got his job at Brookdale ShopRite in 2001.

One of Sean’s sisters, Judith Cresci, who was in attendance with her family, spoke to Baristanet and said “Brookdale ShopRite has been a second home for Sean. We will be forever grateful.”  Cresci says that Sean’s love of Elvis was inspired by their father who took him to visit Graceland when he was younger. Since then, he has been a lifelong fan.

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Earl Mosley Teaches Men to Dance

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 28, 2016 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Screen Shot 2016-07-28 at 9.16.03 AMWhen Earl Mosley works with men who have never danced before, he wants to put them at ease. “The first thing you don’t want to do is tell a man to put on a pair of tights,” he said.

Now one of New York’s most respected dance teachers and choreographers, and the founder of Hearts of Men, a summer intensive dance program at Montclair State University, Mosley himself had no dance experience when during his senior year of high school in Raleigh, N.C., a friend dared him to take a dance class. He took her up on the dare and became hooked for life, later getting accepted – with no formal training – to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

“I guess they saw something,” he said. “That’s why I believe in helping young men understand that there is no experience required for dancing.”

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5 Ways to Keep Your Cool in Baristaville

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 26, 2016 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Feeling irritable, uncomfortable, and lethargic? Following the election may be one reason, but it’s most likely the heat and humidity that just won’t go away. Today’s temps will remain in the 90s and won’t drop down to the 80s until Friday, but add in the humidity and it’s bad hair month.

We want to help. Here are 5 ways to keep your cool during the dog days of summer:

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Sponsored: Open House at Bradford Bath and Tennis Club

BY  |  Monday, Jul 25, 2016 9:30am

Bradford Bath and Tennis

It is one hot summer!  If you wished you joined a pool or if you’re not as happy as you hoped with the pool you frequent  – come up to Bradford Bath and Tennis on Friday, July 29th at 5:30 p.m. for an open house to see the facilities.  

Bradford Bath and Tennis Club (BBTC) is a member-owned club tucked away on the hilltop edge of Upper Montclair.  BBTC has seven sprawling acres of beautifully manicured grounds and provides an unbeatable setting overlooking the NYC skyline.   It has two heated pools, a baby pool, sports court, paddle court and eight tennis courts.  BBTC offers plenty of ways for you and your family to stay active and cool off all summer.


Bradford Bath and TennisBut the best parts of BBTC are all the great members and fun things to do.  BBTC has tennis opportunities for the beginner to advance players in your family.  There are summer camp options for children starting at five years old.  There is a swim team for school aged children and a swim program for adults who want to work on their stroke or get a killer work out.

BBTC has a spacious, well-maintained BBQ and picnic area and members take a lot of pride in their yummy grilled meals.  For 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 Labor Day weekend events to close up Summer. Continue Reading

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