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Celebrating the Celebrants

The Celebrant USA Foundation, headquartered in Montclair, gets a nice write-up in the Jersey section of tomorrow's New York Times (which home-delivery subscribers get on Saturday). The Celebrants provide civil ceremonies for people whose celebration...

Stage Mom Edition

Perhaps we are not 100 percent objective, but last night's production of Les Miserable at the Passaic Valley Summer Theater was -- what's the word? oh yes -- great. Passaic Valley Summer Theater, traditionally...

Poetry Slam Online

Message boards, whether of the Yahoo variety or the NJ.com type, are known for lots of bickering and, well, even flaming about issues great and small. If you go to Montclair Unmoderated on most...

A Revolt in the Making

A group of local political leaders met last night at the Office restaurant in Montclair to discuss ways to radically change the structure of county government in Essex County. Calling itself the Committee to Change...

Short Stop Protests

Bloomfield's Town Council received a sheaf of petitions this week protesting the conversion of the abandoned Short Stop Diner into a Dunkin' Donuts. The 55 petitions all said the same thing: "Please add my...

Kerry Block Parties

Our most recent weekly poll revealed that 60 percent of Barista readers are Democrats. Not exactly a surprise. That's also the way our mail is running. We've heard word of two Kerry house...

Three Little Kittens

What's it take to get rid of some kittens? Our friend Kirsten's been trying for a couple weeks to give some away for free, but no luck. It reminds us of that old Archy and...

5, 6, 7, 8, 44, 45

Do these numbers sound familiar to anybody? Two people in New Jersey entered these winning numbers in the state's Pick Six lotto on July 22 and are entitled to share a $15 million prize. According...

Thursday Morning Photo Roundup

Carpooling just got more interesting. Click for closeup. Water main installation in Glen Ridge will close Lincoln St. between Hamilton Rd. and Ridgewood Ave. (during the day) for about two weeks. Throwing the baby (seat) out...

‘Y’ Deals with Accident

The Montclair YMCA has invited parents of children in their Milford Lake day camp to a counselling session tonight. The counsellor will field questions and advise the parents how they should speak to their...

I’ll Have the Green Slice, Thank You

Pizza preferences are, of course, a staple of slow news days. Tom Biro over at NJ.com's Bloomfield Journal asked his readers to tell him the names of their favorite pizzaries. He's finally compiled the...

Field of Droppings

Our intrepid Bloomfield Board of Ed correspondent Alison Meyer went to last night's meeting. A highlight: the school board's plan to reduce the, um, slippery problem of goose poop. Right from the start, the discussion...

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Display ‘Em

If you were unsatisfied with the way the writers of the Sopranos left the subplot about the black bear in Tony's yard last season, take heart. The Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange...

Jean Valjean Did Not Wear Flip-Flops

68 hours and 14 minutes to go. Jeff Budd, director of Passaic Valley Summer Theater's performance of Les Miserables, gives notes to the cast and crew three days ahead of opening night. No watches, no...

Clever Commute