Baristanet Profile: John Levai

BY  |  Friday, Aug 26, 2016 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

John Levai

The latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood:

Name: John Levai

Where do you live? Upper Montclair

Where did you grow up? Upper Montclair.

When did you move here? I have been living in and representing Montclair, the 973, for basically my entire life! I graduated from Montclair High so I am was and still am a true Mountie forever!

How do you make a living? I am a data entry clerk at Hudson Community Enterprises’s Metro Scanning in Newark. Very soon, I am going to do my graduate studies in the education field.

Coffee, tea or … ? No coffee but sometimes tea.
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Playin’ Around South Orange Kicks Off a Month Long Art and Music Celebration on Saturday

BY  |  Friday, Aug 26, 2016 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Playin’ Around South Orange

Playin’ Around South Orange, presented by SOPAC, kicks off for the fourth year in a row this Saturday, August 27 at noon, bringing live music and art in the form of hand-painted pianos and outdoor performances to seven separate South Orange locations. The project runs through September 25 and you can follow along on social media at #SOPianos.

Kick-off festivities will include live performances by professional musicians at each of the five piano locations—Cameron Park, The Gateway, Spiotta Park, Irvington and W. Fairview Avenues, the Sloan Street Gazebo, and the South Orange Public Library— from noon – 1 pm on Saturday, August 27.

Playin’ Around South Orange

Wednesday nights bring JAM sessions to the Sloan Street Gazebo, from 5 pm – 7 pm, with the following musicians:
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The Weekend: Clearmountain Festival, a Feast, a Block Party, Music, and More!

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 25, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

St. Sebastian's feast and carnival

Great local events to enjoy this weekend!

We told you about:

Here’s what else is happening:
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Awesome Upcycle: Custom Made Montclair Center Event Banner Bags

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Center Event Banner Bags

Montclair is a happening town, full of great community events that are often advertised with banners throughout Montclair Center. But what happens to those vinyl banners once an event is over? They have been sitting in storage at the Montclair BID for the past 10 years. That is, until now.

“One of the first things I did when I took the position was go into our storage unit to take inventory,” says Montclair BID’s Executive Director Israel Cronk. “I saw a huge pile, probably 5 feet by 5 feet and 6 feet deep, of banners! I started thinking about what we should do with them.”

Cronk posted this photo and question on Instagram for ideas:

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Washington Street Showcases Its Bloomfield Block With a Party on Saturday

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

washington street block party bloomfield

Washington Street restaurants and retailers are showcasing its vibrant Bloomfield block with a Block Party this Saturday, August 27.

Some of the participants include Essex Junction, Anthony’s Cheescake, Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery, and PowerFlow Yoga to name a few.

Enjoy food, music, family fun, and free outside yoga!

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St. Sebastian’s Feast & Carnival Celebrates 90 Years in Montclair

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

St. Sebastian Feast

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church is still fighting to save its parish, but that won’t stop them from throwing the St. Sebastian’s Feast and Carnival. This year marks the 90th year anniversary.  Kaveny Field will be filled with rides, games, food, music, face painting and zeppoles from August 24 – 28.

Festivities end on Sunday, August 28 at 3:30 pm with the Procession of the statue of St. Sebastian beginning at Our Lady of Mount Carmel through the streets of Montclair, where it will arrive at the feast at 6:30 pm.

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Clearmountain Festival: 8 Bands With Montclair Roots

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Clearmountain Festival

Eight up-and-coming bands with Montclair roots will come together to play the inaugural Clearmountain Festival, a benefit for The New Jersey Arts Education Partnership on Friday, August 26 at the Montclair Women’s Club.

The cool music festival is presented by the longstanding Montclair concert series Outpost in the Burbs and produced with support of Missing Piece Group and Terry’s Serendipity Café, and sponsored by East Side Mags.

“We wanted to do something to celebrate the extraordinary amount of talent that has come out of the Montclair music scene and, at the same time, give back to the community that fostered these artists,” says Stolen Jars frontman Cody Fitzgerald, who organized the festival with Werebears singer Daryl Shelton.

The show will feature the following acts:
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Bike&Walk Montclair Announces the Return of the Tour de Montclair

BY  |  Monday, Aug 22, 2016 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Tour de Montclair

Bike&Walk Montclair is bringing back the Tour de Montclair! The organization held its last Tour in 2012 — the 10th anniversary of the event — and took a few years off to focus on community initiatives. The organization’s signature event will be held on Sunday, October 2, in Montclair Center.

The family-friendly bike ride will have 12- and 6-mile options, taking riders through the four wards of Montclair, highlighting sights that are difficult to notice by car. The Tour de Montclair will begin and end on Glenridge Avenue. The ride’s finish will be celebrated at an Open Streets Festival presented in partnership with the Township of Montclair, and the Montclair Center BID.

Bike&Walk Montclair is responding to an outpouring of requests from the community for the ride’s return. Over 1,000 participants have participated in prior years, and this year’s Tour de Montclair promises to be a memorable celebration. The ride’s theme is “Streets Are for Everyone,” showcasing BWM’s belief that biking and walking should be easy and safe choices for all.
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Baristanet Profile: Erin Sircy

BY  |  Friday, Aug 19, 2016 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Erin Sircy

The latest installment of our Baristanet Profile series, where we get to know the people in our neighborhood:

Name: Erin Sircy

Where do you live? Montclair, not too far from the Walnut Street area.

When did you move there? 2014 from Ft Greene, Brooklyn. I know, unusual path.

Where did you grow up? Originally from Nashville, but mostly grew up in Dallas.

How do you make a living? I’m a many-hat-wearing administrator in the Department of Art and Art Professions at NYU.

Coffee, tea or … ? Coffee followed by iced tea. Even when its frigid outside I still need my iced tea. Don’t get my mom’s peach tea often enough but I make do with Think’s black iced tea–it’s legit.
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And Then There Was One: Last Fro-Yo Standing in Montclair is Let’s YO

BY  |  Friday, Aug 19, 2016 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Let's YO!

It was predicted in 2012 – the NJ Frozen Yogurt Fallout. Back then, Montclair had five frozen yogurt shops: Twist, Red Mango, Berry Sweet, Razz Berry Swirl, and Let’s YO. Now, with the recent closing of Red Mango on Church Street, Let’s YO is the last fro-yo place standing in Montclair. And it’s doing well.
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YES!!! My favorite local event!!! Great news!!! Thank You to all who worked to make this possible!!

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