R.I.P. Patsy “Coach” Quarto

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 8:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

patsy quartoPatsy Quarto, beloved Mountie Football coach, longtime Montclair public schools physical education teacher, as well as an MHS golf coach, passed away on Saturday due to heart complications. Known as Coach Q, he was a great teacher and role model to his players and students. Funeral will be held on Saturday, April 26th, 10:30 am at Immaculate Conception Church. Continue Reading

Architectural Walking Tours of Montclair’s Historic Town Center and Upper Montclair

BY  |  Monday, Apr 21, 2014 4:16pm  |  COMMENTS (11)

Photo: Montclair Historical Society

Photo: Montclair Historical Society

The first weekend in May offers two chances to explore Montclair history by foot.

Discover a building in Upper Montclair that displays the words of a 17th-century mathematician chiseled in stone and a parking lot designed by the Olmsteds on a two and half hour walking tour of the historic Upper Montclair Business District. The tour will chronicle the development of the area from rural settlement in the 1880s to burgeoning suburban town in the 1930s.

Reservations required. $5 suggested donation. Saturday, May 3, at 10:30 a.m. (Raindate, Sunday, May 4, one hour later, at 11:30 a.m.) Meet at the Upper Montclair Train Station south porch, 275 Bellevue Avenue, Upper Montclair. Sponsored by the Montclair Historical Society & Friends of Anderson Park. Reservations: (973) 744-1796; raindate confirmation or day-of-event queries: (973) 495-9589.

Then, on Sunday, May 4, The Montclair Township Historic Preservation Commission, in association with the Montclair Historical Society and the Montclair Center Business Improvement District, is hosting a free architectural walking tour of Montclair’s historic Town Center. The tour will be held Sunday, May 4, from 1 – 3 p.m. (meet at the corner of Church Street and Bloomfield Avenue). Continue Reading

RIP Sharmain Jenkins

BY  |  Monday, Apr 21, 2014 2:56pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

SharmainReaders may remember the April 11, 2014 story about Montclair State University sophmore Sharmain Jenkins, 20, who was struck with Guillaine-Barré syndrome, a rare illness in which a person’s immune system attacks its nerves.

Montclair State University spokesperson Suzanne M. Bronski just contacted Baristanet with the news that Sharmain passed away on Friday, April 18:

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Local Easter Sunday Services

BY  |  Friday, Apr 18, 2014 8:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Local Easter Services

For those celebrating Easter this Sunday, here are some local services:

The Episcopal Church of St. James
581 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ, 07043

  • 8:15 am:  Choral Holy Eucharist followed by a festive coffee hour
  • 10:15 am:  Choral Holy Eucharist followed by a festive coffee hour

Church of the Immaculate Conception
30 N. Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042

  • 7:30 am, 9 am, 11 am, and 12 pm: Easter Masses

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Former Glen Ridge Registrar Enters Guilty Plea

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 3:06pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the former Glen Ridge Borough Registrar of Vital Statistics admitted to stealing $82,981 from the Borough over a three year period.

Tresor Gopaul, 30, of Montclair pled guilty today before the Honorable Peter V. Ryan, Judge of the Superior Court, to second degree theft by unlawful taking.

Gopaul is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Ryan on May 30, 2014.

As Borough registrar, Gopaul was responsible for maintaining birth, marriage and death certificates, and for collecting fees when issuing official certificates. Gopaul admitted that he had been regularly skimming cash paid to the Borough for birth, death and marriage certificates beginning in 2010 and keeping the money for himself. In small increments over three years, his theft added up to $82,981, until he was suspended in August 2013 when his scheme was uncovered. Continue Reading

Bloomfield Crime: Ten Arrests, Carjacking, Burglary and More

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

The Bloomfield Police Department Crime Report for the week provided by Sgt. Anthony J Servedio: 


04-08-2014 – A residence on Patton Drive was burglarized between 7:35 pm and 9:05 pm. A rear window was determined to be the point of entry. Some jewelry and DVD’s were taken

04-08-2014 – An apartment was burglarized on the 200 block of Davey Street between 6:30 pm and 11:30 pm. A rear window was determined to be the point of entry. Some jewelry was taken.

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RIP Rosemary Leone

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (5)

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.


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

Get Your Tickets For Montclair Food + Wine Festival 2014

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

mfwf2New chefs, new offerings and much more for this year’s Montclair Food + Wine Festival 2014.

Enter promo code “baristanet” for 10% admission to any event over the course of the three days. (Promo code expires May 31; promo code cannot be applied retroactively to previous ticket purchases).

Founder and executive director Melody Kettle shares that acclaimed Chef Floyd Cardoz of Battery Park City’s North End Grill will be a participating chef.

New Jersey has wonderfully talented chefs,” says Chef Cardoz. “I am honored to live in New Jersey and thrilled to contribute to this significant culinary event.”

Save the Date! Saturday, May 31st with a Grand Tasting at the Montclair Art Museum. Event tickets are $95 (general admission) from 7-9 pm. VIP tickets are offered at $120 (6 pm early admission). The museum’s stunning galleries will be open to attendees for viewing. Approximately 30 restaurants from Montclair (and beyond) will be sampling choice bites. Gary’s Wine & Marketplace (w/locations in Wayne, Madison, Bernardsville) will coordinate wines. Continue Reading

Fatal Stabbing in Clifton At Richfield Shopping Center

BY  |  Monday, Apr 14, 2014 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Richfield Shopping Center, Clifton (Google Street view)

Richfield Shopping Center, Clifton (Google Street view)

A homeless man allegedly stabbed one man to death and seriously injured another at the Richfield Shopping Center early this morning, the Star Ledger reports. Continue Reading

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We've been to the one in Englewood, and it's fantastic. The portions are more than generous and the prices are more than reasonable. Such delicious empanandas! I have been waiting rather impatiently for them to announce an opening date.

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