Happy Hanukkah!

BY  |  Saturday, Dec 24, 2016 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Baristanet wishes you and yours a very happy Hanukkah on this first night of the Festival of Lights!

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“Dear Alma” Tackles Holiday Entertaining and Food Issues

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 22, 2016 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Dear AlmaHappy holidays, everyone!

As we wind down this year, we have a few questions about entertaining during the holiday season and beyond but also about the never ending food issues with teens. Take a look and remember to send in your questions.

Dear Alma,

We love to entertain.  But this time of year, with food so much a part of the celebrations, it can get difficult with food allergies, food sensitivities and dietary restrictions so common among our friends and their children.  In particular, we have several friends on gluten free diets, a number of vegetarians and we feel like we need to be always wary of nut allergies.  Do we have to eliminate all of those ingredients from the menu for the night or is it enough to just have a few options that cover those circumstances?  What is the appropriate etiquette?  And can you suggest some good recipes that will be safe and delicious for our guests.?  We usually serve more on the casual, buffet style side of things. Continue Reading

Turtle Back Zoo Looking For Docents

BY  |  Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Turtle Back ZooIf you’ve been looking for a way to give back and love animal, a great volunteer opportunity is coming up. Essex County’s Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange is looking for animal loving volunteers to be Zoo Docents in 2017. Docents are volunteer educators who give educational talks, act as tour guides, and are stationed throughout the Zoo to provide information to visitors about the Zoo and its animal collection. This is a highly selective volunteer position and training is required.

New Docents must:

  • be 18 years or older
  • submit an application found here by January 15, 2017
  • complete a seven-day course instructed by experienced TBZ staff beginning on Sunday, February 12 and continuing on Sundays through the end of March.
  • pay a non-refundable fee of $25 to cover training materials and handouts.
  • commit to volunteer a designated number of hours/events on at least two selected days a month, throughout the year

Interested? Contact the Zoo’s Volunteer Coordinator via email or 973-731-5800 ext. 306. 




Montclair Band Pinegrove Play at NPR’s Tiny Desk

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

pinegrovetinydeskSince Montclair’s own Pinegrove released its breakthrough album Cardinal earlier this year, the band has been touring the world and making new fans. One of the Pinegrove’s newest audiences is the staff at NPR Music, which gathered around to hear Evan Stephens Hall and crew play a Tiny Desk Concert. Continue Reading

Need Help? Ask “Dear Alma”

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

take-backI love food. I love cooking. I love entertaining. Because I love these three things I have immersed myself in the world of cooking, eating, attending dinner parties and social gatherings where there is food as well as hosting others my entire adult life.

I am also a licensed clinical social worker. Why does this matter? Well, I have spent my countless cooking, eating and entertaining life with my ears and my eyes open, listening and watching as many people, myself included, make cooking mistakes, some disasters, as well as social faux pas as guests or hosts.

I’ve decided to put my years of experience to good use for the community and help others. Think of me as a younger, curly haired Dear Abby, a Suburban Jersey-ish Rachael Ray and a less-mustachioed and less judgmental Dr. Phil all rolled into one.

With a healthy combination of what I hope will be fun and educational, perhaps, dare I say, socially life-saving tips that will result in a minimum of mortifying social situations, I offer you my services.

Here’s my first column:

Dear Alma,

Do you have any tips for timing food and house preparation in anticipation of an event like a dinner party? I would love to be an effortless hostess, but I end up overplanning, stressing out, and STILL somehow scrambling to get things done, and not succeeding, by the time my guests arrive. They’re always kind, understanding people, but I’d love to be that kind of cool, relaxed hostess who has time to put on makeup and stuff before the guests arrive.

Please help!
Hostess with the most stress

Dear Hostess with the most stress, Continue Reading

Win An All Expense Paid Trip for Two to Super Bowl 51 When You Support MHS Project Graduation

BY  |  Saturday, Dec 03, 2016 9:18am  |  COMMENTS (0)

What better HOLIDAY GIFT than a chance to win an all expense paid trip for two to SUPER BOWL 51?


Help the class of 2017 enjoy a great graduation celebration while giving yourself the opportunity to enjoy Super Bowl 51! Purchase a raffle ticket for $100 and enter to win: 2 tickets to Super Bowl 51 and…

The Package includes:
2 tickets to Super Bowl 51
2 ticket to “NFL the Experience”
Round-trip airfare from Newark to Houston, TX
3-night stay at Embassy Woodlands – Hughes Landing
Sedan service to and from the airport

Tickets are $100 – and only 400 will be sold!! Chances to win are excellent!


PROJECT GRADUATION VOLUNTEERS will also be out in force selling raffle tickets in the coming weeks at locations around town including…
Holiday Gift Bazaar at MHS (December 10)
Tierney’s (During Sunday 1PM Football games from 1-4PM)
Egan’s (During Sunday 1PM Football games from 1-4PM)

The winning ticket will be drawn on Monday, January 9th at 8:00 PM at Egan & Sons in Montclair. (Winner does not need to be present!)

2016 Baristanet Guide to Buying (or Cutting Down) a Real Christmas Tree

BY  |  Friday, Dec 02, 2016 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Richfield Farms

Richfield Farms

If you celebrate Christmas, it’s time to put up the tree! If you prefer the real deal and would never go artificial, you’re in luck. Around here, or not too far away, there are many choices for your Christmas tree. Want to go rustic? Head out to western Jersey or up to the border of New York state for a true cut-it-yourself tree experience. Looking for a quick pick-and-wrap experience? We’ve got you covered.

Here are places where you can buy or cut down a real Christmas tree:
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15 Ways to Give Back Locally on #GivingTuesday

BY  |  Monday, Nov 28, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (3)


There’s Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday, and Cyber Monday, but we think that #GivingTuesday is in the true spirit of the holidays — a day dedicated to giving back.

On Tuesday, November 29, you’re encouraged to join others to celebrate generosity and to give.

According to the #GivingTuesday, it’s a simple idea: “Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.”

There are many way to join the #GivingTuesday movement right here in our community, in fact, here are 15! We encourage you to join in and feel good:

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Happy Thanksgiving

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 24, 2016 7:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


This Thanksgiving, we are very thankful for you dear readers. Every tip, photo, email, visit — and all the other ways you contribute to the site — make all of us at Baristanet feel incredibly fortunate.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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Montclair Women Organize Bus Rally to Women’s March on Washington on Day After Inauguration 2017

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 22, 2016 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (9)

Women's March on Washington

Women across the country are planning to join the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017 to “send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights.” The Women’s March on Washington will begin at 10 am at the Lincoln Memorial and conclude at 5 pm.

Several Montclair women — Kelly Coakley, Christine Oldenbrook, Tiffany Loncar, and Julie Kemps-Rowley — have organized the Montclair chapter bus rally. Buses will depart from Montclair High School on January 21 at 4:55 am.  According to Coakley, they have over 150 riders  in 3 buses signed up so far. Continue Reading

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