Calling All Seniors! Essex County Wants Your Story for the Legacies Writing Contest

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Essex County Senior Legacies Writing Contest

Montclair resident Alfred Berutti won for his “68 Years Ago” essay in last year’s annual Essex County Senior Legacies Writing Contest. And many other local seniors have had their stories awarded. If you’re an Essex County senior, ages 60 and up, now’s the time to begin writing your own original story focusing on a special person, life-changing experience or significant period of your life for the 2015 contest, which has a March 16 deadline.

“Our senior citizens have led interesting lives and I am always impressed by the stories that are submitted. Our Legacies Contest is an opportunity for our older residents to remember their past and share their experiences with family, friends and the younger generation,” Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo said. “It’s never too early to begin collecting your thoughts and writing your drafts. I encourage all our seniors to start working on their entries now,” he added.

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Sponsored: The Clubhouse—A Premier Event and Party Space in Montclair

BY  |  Monday, Feb 23, 2015 2:00pm

The Clubhouse

The Clubhouse located in Downtown Montclair (recognized as New Jersey’s Favorite Downtown Arts District in 2013) is perfect for hosting a variety of events. Sporting activities, birthday parties, corporate/PR events, engagement parties, showers, food and wine tastings—the possibilities are endless at The Clubhouse.

This truly unique space combines an urban loft design with a warm, cozy, and inviting “home” feel — like entertaining in your living room, but without the fuss. Relax on our plush leather couches while enjoying a glass of scotch by the fireplace, have a drink at the bar with friends, play pool, darts, or poker with your buddies, or enjoy dinner and a movie with family. Large or small, parties at The Clubhouse are effortless and fun. Continue Reading

Vote for 2015 Oscar For Best Picture

BY  |  Sunday, Feb 22, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (3)

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Check out the nominees for the 2015 Oscars. How many of these movies did you see? Then tell us who you think will win tonight. Continue Reading

The Bloomfield Art League of New Jersey Offering Art Workshops

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

The Bloomfield Art League of New Jersey

In addition to on-going Art classes available through the Bloomfield Art League, new one day workshops for adults (or teens ages 14 and older) are offered monthly. These 2 -3 hour workshops are a great way to try out a new art form, revisit your old art days, or enjoy a creative afternoon or night out.

Last month, I had the pleasure of taking a Drawing workshop with instructor Tim Payne. Despite having a degree in fine arts, I hadn’t touched a charcoal pencil since I gave birth to my first daughter 11 years ago. I found that it was like riding a bike, I was a little wobbly at first, but soon felt at ease with the process. However, what I enjoyed most, was just getting my hands dirty and creating again.

The class was made up of a mix of first timers and much more experienced artists and the instructor gave great input to everyone, no matter his or her level. All materials were provided and they were top quality. All you do is reserve your easel (or spot in the workshop) and enjoy a creative and fun experience!

All workshops are held at the Art Room at the Bloomfield Civic Center (84 Broad Street). Here are some upcoming offerings:

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Want to Join the Transition Montclair Movement?

BY  |  Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Transition Montclair

If Azizi Birkeland and other residents have their way, Montclair will become a “Transition Town.”

The Transition Movement originated in the UK by Rob Hopkins, as a community led project where the goal is to get people to work together to create a more self reliant community. The movement crossed the Pond to the US in 2007 with the vision that “every community in the United States has engaged its collective creativity to unleash an extraordinary and historic transition to a future beyond fossil fuels; a future that is more vibrant, abundant and resilient; one that is ultimately preferable to the present.”

Birkeland and others in the Transition Montclair group are hoping to get the movement going in Montclair, a town that already has many green initiatives in place, and they feel they can be further utilized and maximized.

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If I Won the #Powerball Jackpot Tonight, I Would…..

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 7:00am  |  COMMENTS (11)

powerballThe Powerball jackpot has climbed to $485 million, making tonight’s drawing the fifth largest prize in U.S. history. Oh, what I would do with almost a half a billion dollars…

What about you? Whether you’re a frequent player or someone who only buys a ticket when the jackpot is huge, what would you do with the money if you won tonight? Forget that your chance of winning is about 1 in 175 million — this is dream time.

 

 

Faced with Death Threats, Harassment, and Trolls, VProud Leaves Twitter

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

karen cahnWhen Montclair resident Karen Cahn launched VProud about 10 months ago, her mission was to create a video social network “to cultivate honest conversations among women in a safe and non-judgmental environment.”

Since then, VProud has attracted over 1 million unique users — a good thing. However, in recent months VProud staff have been faced with online attacks on social media — not a good thing.

In light of this, Kahn and VProud made the decision last week to delete its Twitter account.

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Vote For Your Favorite Super Bowl 2015 Commercials

Sunday, Feb 01, 2015 11:26am  |  COMMENTS (0)

SuperBowlXLIXLogoYes, it’s almost time for Super Bowl XLIX. You’ve got time to whip up some guacamole and deflate your footballs before sitting down to watch the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks battle it out, with a break from the action at halftime featuring Katy Perry with Lenny Kravitz and possibly others(?).

Maybe your favorite part of the big game is all those commercials. Look for Mindy Kaling, Linsday Lohan, Kim Kardashian and a nod to the Brady Bunch tonight and vote here for your Favorite Super Bowl 2015 Commercials — you can cast votes for your top three commercials: Continue Reading

Multicultural Montclair Shares its New Year’s Traditions

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (2)

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No matter where you are from, the New Year signifies a new beginning. Out with the old, in with the new. Wishes for good luck and prosperity and resolutions for health and wealth. Here in the U.S. we celebrate the new year with fireworks, ball drops, and noise (we ran outside to bang our pots and pans at midnight when I was a child.) In other cultures, while the wishes and hopes are the same, they usher in the new year in quite different ways.

We asked Montclair residents, originally from other countries, how they will ring in 2015:

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Winter Preparedness Checklist

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 30, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Winter Preparedness

After last year’s horrendous weather, the last thing many of us want to think about is snow. But winter is officially upon us now and think about it we must. Essex County itself, as recorded in Cedar Grove, saw 71” of snowfall during the 2013-2014 season.

Last winter ranked 7th for the highest snowfall totals in New Jersey of the last 120 years with an average 54.3” of snow across the state. Specifically in the northern region (Sussex, Warren, Morris, Passaic, Bergen, Hudson and Essex Counties), we saw 57.3” that landed us at the number 14 spot for the same time period. This accumulation was more than 20” more than the long-term average according to NJ Weather & Climate Network.

Even in a milder winter, preparedness is essential. Before the forecast turns ugly, there are some things you can do to get your home and family ready.

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