Showing Love to the Montclair Public Library: My First Chapter

BY  |  Friday, Dec 19, 2014 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

benilde littleThis essay is part of the Montclair Public Library Foundation’s third annual “My First Chapter” series. These essays are in support of the Montclair Public Library. This installment, which first appeared in the Montclair Timesand is reprinted here with permission, is from Benilde Little, the author of four novels and the upcoming memoir, “Welcome to My Breakdown” (March 2015/Atria), an exploration of herself and her mother.

My earliest memories of the library are going to a brick federal structure on Osborne Terrace in Newark. It was the Weequahic branch. I can still feel the cool on my thighs as we sat on the marble floor during circle time. It was the early ’60s, before I was old enough to go to school. There was no pre-school back then, you entered school in kindergarten at age 5.

My mom was a working mom, but she moonlighted as a ’50s housewife, exhausting herself to be PTA president, Cub Scout Leader and make time to take me to stuff like story-time. I remember looking across the room at my mother, dressed in her sensible cotton shirtwaist and pumps, drinking coffee with other mothers, housewives who came as much for the coffee klatch.

Continue Reading

Montclair Family Displaced By Fire In Need of a Home For Christmas

BY  |  Friday, Dec 19, 2014 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Quince Children

The Quince Children

Despite the great efforts of the Montclair Fire Department to contain and relinquish the fire at the multi-family home at 146 Forest Avenue on Tuesday, December 16 — all with no injuries to residents or firefighters — Melissa Quince and her seven children (ages 6 – 16) are now in need of a home.

Neighbor Alan Smith, lead singer of The Porchistas, immediately started helping the Quince family by collecting clothing and donations for the displaced family. The outpouring of generosity had been amazing, but the biggest need is for Quince to find an apartment for her family, and with a family of eight, it is a difficult task.

“We’re having a really hard time finding an apartment in Montclair that would take all of us in and I’m trying so hard to make sure we have somewhere to live before Christmas,” Quince told Baristanet. “I’m hoping for a true Christmas miracle.”

Continue Reading

Stephen Colbert Signs Off On “The Colbert Report”

BY  |  Friday, Dec 19, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Stephen Colbert Under Fire For Tweet From Comedy Central's @ColbertReport“If this is your first time tuning in to ‘The Colbert Report,’ I have some terrible news.”

Montclair’s own Stephen Colbert said goodbye last night after 9 years of his show, “The Colbert Report.” If you didn’t see it yet, we won’t spoil it, but not breaking character, a great scene with the Grim Reaper, and the many special guests who joined him in singing “We’ll Meet Again,” were highlights.

Continue Reading

Celebrate the Season Safely With These Candle Safety Tips

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

 Candle Safety TipsWhether you’re celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas, or Kwanzaa, the season of light is upon us. It doesn’t matter if you’re lighting one candle, or more than one on a candelabra, menorah, or kinara, you should keep in mind some simple candle safety tips to keep you and your family safe.

The National Fire Protections Association (NFPA) reports that an estimated 10,630 home structure fires are started by candles each year. On average 29 home fires started by candles are called in every day across the country. The fires have approximately 115 deaths, 903 civilian injuries and resulted in over $418 million in property damage. The Montclair Fire Department has already responded to a number of candle fires this season.

Below is important information about safe ways to use candles in the home from the NFPA:

Continue Reading

Breaking: Pedestrian Hit By Car on Grove and Walnut Streets, Montclair

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 12:34pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

pedestrian hit

We just received a report of an accident on Grove and Walnut Streets in Montclair. A pedestrian was hit and police are currently on the scene.

We’ll update when we receive more information.



Montclair Police Looking For Suspect in Attempted Carjacking at Fullerton Deck

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 3:56pm  |  COMMENTS (26)


A mother and her young daughter were the victims of an attempted carjacking/robbery yesterday, just after 6 p.m., at the North Fullerton Parking Deck., on a report of an attempted carjacking/robbery. Continue Reading

Montclair Crime: Arrests, Rocks Thrown Through Car Windows, Stolen Packages

BY  |  Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Crime: String Of Burglaries, One Seen by Homeowner on Remote SurveillanceThe week in Montclair Crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:


On 12/10/2014 at 0217Hrs, dispatch received a call from the alarm company notifying them of a panic alarm at “Cars Restaurant” 150 Valley Road. An employee from Cars then dialed 911 and advised our dispatch that they had just been the victims of a robbery at gunpoint. There were three employees and one customer inside the store at the time of the robbery. The suspect is described as a black male, 6’2, approx 40yoa black coat, dark pants, and ski-mask covering his face. The suspect walked into the store wearing the ski mask and demanded that the employee open the register. The employee replied that they were unable to open the register at that time. The suspect then reached into his waistband and exposed the grip of a silver handgun. The suspect then took $107 in cash from the male customer in the store (19yoa from Montclair). The actor then fled on foot. There were no injuries as a result of this incident. Later that date, Montclair Detectives identified this robbery suspect as Mr. Dennis Royal (49yoa from Newark). Mr. Royal was charged with Robbery and Weapon Possession charges. On 12-13-2014, the State Police encountered Mr. Royal in the city of Irvington. He was discovered to have these open warrants out of Montclair and subsequently arrested. A handgun was found in his possession at the time of arrest.

Continue Reading

Montclair Fire Dept. Battle Blaze on Forest Street

BY  |  Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 5:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

fire forestNo one was injured tonight, but residents were displaced when a one-alarm fire broke out at 146 Forest Street around 4:30 p.m., with heavy fire on the second and third floors of the multi-family dwelling. Continue Reading

Happy Hanukkah

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


To those celebrating, Baristanet wishes you a joyous Hanukkah!

(Photo: Flickr)

Letter to the Editor: Reappoint Martin Schwartz to the Montclair Planning Board

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (9)

letter to the editorTo the Editors of Baristanet:

We understand that Martin Schwartz is up for renewal on the Planning Board in January and we ask all of our fellow citizens to join us in urging members of the Montclair Town Council to vote to reappoint him.

We view one of Mr. Schwartz’s most important contributions to the Planning Board as being one of only two voices on the Board for residents seeking smart, thoughtful development that would preserve and enhance our quality of life, improve town finances and protect valued assets. When our fellow residents have become aware of the dense development generally advocated by this Board in earlier versions of the Master Plan and the impact that it would have on their town and neighborhoods, they are shocked and dismayed.

We understand that their are several openings on the Planning Board currently and we urge our Town Council to fill those positions with conscientious and knowledgeable candidates interested in representing what the majority of Montclair residents want — to protect and compliment our town’s low-rise business districts, historic assets and residential districts.

It is painfully apparent that the majority of our residents’ viewpoints are not presently represented on the Planning Board in sufficient proportion. Accordingly, we urge the Town Council to take action to rectify this situation by reappointing Martin Schwartz and then filling the remaining Planning Board vacancies with like-minded people. We believe that this path forward represents good governance and is preferable to us organizing a town-wide advocacy group in the new year seeking to force change from the outside.


Michael Baur, Al Berutti, Linda Cranston, Jason DeSalvo, Gerry Durr, Maureen Edelson, Frank Gerard Godlewski, Martin Gonzalez, Scott Kevelson, Wolf Knapp and Ira Shor



Featured Comment

I will really miss their store. It was always so easy and fun to find a fun gift there. Walking into their store made me feel like I was transported into a faraway happy place!

Tip, Follow, Friend, Subscribe

Links & Information

Baristanet on Flickr