RIP Rosemary Leone

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (4)

Rosemary LeoneRosemary Leone,  founder of Leone’s Restaurant in Montclair, passed away on Saturday, April 5, 2014.

Leone was born and raised in Newark, N.J., before moving to Bloomfield 30 years ago. Leone was best known for her Montclair restaurants, Mexicali Rose and Leone’s with her son. We got to see Leone’s personality on an episode of Kitchen Nightmare’s with Gordon Ramsey in 2011.


Baristanet offers its heartfelt condolences to the Leone family and loved ones.


Sometimes it Snows in April

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 7:54am  |  COMMENTS (3)

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A beautiful spring snowy morning. You know what they say — April snow showers bring frozen May flowers — or something like that.

(Photo: Robyn Myhr)



Upper Montclair Got A Lift From First Ward Clean-Up Day

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 7:41pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

Montclair's First Ward Councilor along with volunteers, including many Montclair State Students,  participated in the First Ward Clean Up Day.

Montclair’s First Ward Councilor along with volunteers, including many Montclair State Students, participated in the First Ward Clean Up Day. Photo: Montclair State University

Upper Montclair got a lift this past Saturday, with over 170 volunteers filling 200 lawn and trash bags with a wide variety of, well, trash, including a hub cap scored at the Montclair Heights Train Station. They also painted and repaired park benches, spread mulch in Yantacaw Brook Park, and weeded the grounds of the Mount Hebron School.

“I am extremely pleased with the level of turnout and participation,” said 1st Ward Councilman Bill Hurlock, founder of the 1st Ward Cleanup Day. Continue Reading

Montclair Crime: Burglary at Saunders Hardware, Radiators Stolen From Orange Road

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 1:54pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The week in Montclair crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:


On 04/10/2014, at approx. 1623 hours, officers responded to a New Street address on a vandalism report. The caller informed officers that she found a rear first floor bedroom window on the property broken. Nothing reported missing.

On 04/10/2014, at approx. 1848 hours, officers responded to the parking lot behind 84 Pine Street on damage to a motor vehicle. The vehicle owner informed officers that he parked his 2001 Honda Civic in the lot on 4/06 at approx 0600 hours. When he returned to it on 4/10 0800 hours, the vehicle had scratches on it. Officers observed swirled scratches on the driver door and a long scratch on the hood and trunk of the vehicle. Continue Reading

Free Trees, Get Your Free Trees at Edgemont Park Tomorrow!

BY  |  Friday, Apr 11, 2014 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

treesHelp restore Montclair’s tree canopy by planting seedlings of your own! The Montclair Environmental Commission is sponsoring a free tree giveaway on Saturday, April 12.

Stop by the Edgemont Park (on Parkway Road, north of the Boat House)  between 9 am and 3 pm and choose from a variety of species (subject to change), including Red Bud, Black Gum, and 50 Dogwoods. First come, first serve. Montclair residents only.

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Montclair Holds Community Workshop For Western Gateway Phase 2 Redevelopment Plan

BY  |  Friday, Apr 11, 2014 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Montclair Planning Director Janice Talley speaks at the Western Gateway Phase 2 redevelopment workshop

Montclair Planning Director Janice Talley speaks at the Western Gateway Phase 2 redevelopment workshop

Montclair Planning Director Janice Talley hosted a community workshop meeting at the Montclair Municipal Building on April 10 to address the second phase of redeveloping the Montclair Western Gateway region anchored by Bloomfield Avenue and Valley Road, and how to initiate the process. The purpose of the meeting was to present a study of what might be done in the area and to get community input. Planning Board Chairman John Wynn, Vice Chairman Paul Rabinovitch, and board member Peg Seip helped facilitate questions.

Keenan Hughes of Phillips Price Grygiel, the consulting firm that has been studying the area, said the main goal was to create a mix different kinds of housing with an emphasis on more affordable units and continue to support retail businesses while broadening the tax base and providing a more sustainable living pattern. The overall plan would codify land use, bulk, design, and parking, and either involving the redevelopment of some properties or the rehabilitation of structures  on other properties.

Among the properties targeted were the historic Police Department building, which Hughes said he believed could be adapted to a new use, and the Leach Building, which he said could be architecturally redone to make it suitable for other uses. The telecommunications equipment on the Leach Building’s roof may or may not be moved, based on how the building is redone.

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Montclair State University Staff Help Raise Funds for Student Struck with Rare Illness

BY  |  Friday, Apr 11, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (6)

SharmainMontclair State University sophomore Sharmain Jenkins, 20, wants to use her experiences in foster care to advocate for and help children as a policy maker, social worker or in another role in foster care.  But now, she needs help.

Sharmain is recovering from Guillaine-Barré syndrome (GBS), a painful and rare condition in which a person’s immune system attacks its nerves and can lead to paralysis and breathing difficulties.  According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the condition strikes one in 100,000 people. Some experts cite viral and bacterial infections as the possible causes of GBS.

While some of her medical costs are covered by Medicaid and benefits from New Jersey Department of Children and Family (DCF), Sharmain does not have parents or relatives who can help her pay for medical expenses that may not be covered by these sources.  Costs could include physical therapy and adjustments needed to accommodate her condition when she returns to her home, daily living expenses and more.

“We can’t tell exactly what the costs will be,” says Cathy Brown, an assistant professor at Montclair State University (MSU), who is also a teaching specialist at MSU’s Center for Child Advocacy and Policy and one of Sharmain’s teachers.  With the help of Mary Anne Fanning-Lauria, who has worked with Sharmain as program manager with MSU’s Center’s Adolescent Advocacy Program, the Sharmain’s Guillain-Barré Recovery Fund has been created.  Fanning-Lauria also partnered with One Simple Wish, a site that matches wishes from kids in foster care with “wish grantors,” to create Help Sharmain Heal. Continue Reading

Don’t Pave On Me: Most Neighbors Want To Preserve Cobblestone Streets

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (93)

When Whitney Old and her husband bought their home on historic Afterglow Way last May, they, like most of their neighbors, fell in love with their street, a pale-yellow brick road built at the turn of the 19th century that harkens back to a much simpler era. “It endeared me to that neighborhood,” she says, “because I felt it was so special and so unique to Montclair, a cobblestone street.”

Now, however, that slice of history may disappear beneath black asphalt since one of Old’s neighbors, Thomas O’Beirne — citing safety issues in the winter and his disdain for the neighborhood he says is in great disrepair but that includes historic, stately homes — wants to pave over Afterglow Way (its bottom half is called Parkhurst Place). Of the approximately dozen property owners on the streets, only O’Beirne is pushing for a repaving project.

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In addition, O’Beirne has already taken out a swath of bricks and paved over the area with asphalt, a strip that runs like a black river next to his property line. He removed the bricks to fix his sidewalk and curb, he said, and had to pave due to a sinking in the road caused by a collapsing sewer. Continue Reading

Montclair Crime: Vandalism, Thefts and Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 09, 2014 4:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

This week’s Montclair crime report provided by Detective Lieutenant Angel L. Roman Jr., Detective Bureau Commander, MPD:


On 04/05/2014, at approx. 1018 hours, officers responded to parking lot of 35 Lackawanna Plaza on a vandalism report.  The caller informed officers that he parked his 2004 maroon Toyota Scion in the lot Thursday 04/03 at 1530 hours.  When he returned to it around midnight the vehicle had an excessive amount of scratch marks on the roof.  Anyone with information contact Det. Shaub at 973 509 4717.

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Third Ward Community Meeting to Be Held on April 16

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 09, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Sean-SpillerMontclair’s Third Ward Councilor Sean M. Spiller will hold a community meeting Wednesday, April 16, from 7:30 – 9 pm at The Montclair Inn, 27 Hillside Avenue, Montclair.

The meeting is open to everyone and will focus on current issues and concerns of the Montclair community.

For more information, contact Councilor Spiller.






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Thanks to Rose for the many good meals, and great moments with family and friends. Rest in peace.

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