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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

The Barista is going out. But if you insist on staying home and looking at the internet, you can see Times Square live on Panasonic's Earthcam here. It may take a few minutes...

Local Relief Efforts

All politics and weather may be local, but all charity is not. Seen on Grove St. in Montclair yesterday: some girls at a lemonade-stand styled table, raising money for tsunami relief. The Glen Ridge Congregational...

Remedial Demolition

Montclair resident Garrett Morrison, opponent of current Church St. redevelopment plans and victims of a freak accident earlier this week when a chunk of the Hahne's building fell on his garage, shows evidence of...

Biggest Trend of the Year: Us

It's hard work trying to wrap up a whole year, looking for the big profundities. And then God has to go throw a big curveball at humorists by smashing Asia with a huge tsunami,...

Take the Brawl Outside, Boys (and Girls)

Some of our commenters have gotten awful potty-mouthed lately. The Barista is no Mary Poppins, but she's disappointed nonetheless. No subject is off-limits at Baristanet, but pure malacious profanity is not welcome. We're not...

Begone, Before Someone Drops a House on You!

Could this be a new way to silence public critics? Drop 1,000 concrete blocks on their houses? Strange but true: A big chunk of the Hahne's building fell, during demolition, on the home of...

Hardcore Chocolate

It seems Starbucks isn't content with just getting us to say things like frappuccino, venti or macchiato. Now, they're taking on chocolate and monkeying with that the all-American tradition of eating it (o.k.,...

The Deep Fried Twinkie Defense

Our suburban archeologist, Lisa Finan, starts us off with her New Year pledge. Feel free to append your self-improvement ideas in a comment. Every New Year’s Eve I think back to when I was fourteen,...

Circus Tix Going Fast

First Night Montclair reminds everybody to snatch up their tickets for the New Year celebration -- particularly if they want to catch the Big Apple Circus portion of the event. Right now, the 7:45...

Tsunami Relief

Here are ways you can contribute to the tsunami relief effort. The first three are direct links for online credit-card contributions: Red Cross UNICEF Oxfam And an exhaustive list of relief efforts from an Indian blogger, here.

Coolergate

'Tis the season to be bashing...the Montclair Watercooler, that is. Over at Montclair Unmoderated, the inconsistency of posts that are allowed or rejected on the Cooler is being analyzed ad nauseum. Posts are being...

We’re Really in Trouble

The National Highway Safety Administration says teenagers can't really handle SUVs. Not that we ever see teenagers driving SUVs around here.

Things You Have to be in Government to Understand

Received in the e-mail box the other day:The Final Meeting of the 2004 Mayor & Council will be held at 6:30 p.m. on January 4th, 2005. The Reorganization Meeting of the 2005 Mayor...

Maybe for Local, You Should Ask Someone Local

If you want to know what restaurants are open in Montclair on New Years Eve, don't ask the national search engines. Ask the Barista.

Clever Commute