Talk is Cheap

Wednesday, Nov 30, 2005 4:34pm  |  COMMENTS (50)

Go for it.

How To Ditch County Government 101

Wednesday, Nov 30, 2005 2:24pm  |  COMMENTS (57)

Instead of seceding from Essex County, why not just get rid of it? If you like that idea, you ought to go to Cedar Grove tonight, where Massachusetts state senator Richard T. Moore will speak about his state’s experience getting rid of county government. (They even got rid of one called Essex County!)

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Change County Government Steering Committee. Cedar Grove Municipal Building, 525 Route 23 (Pompton Turnpike), from 7:30 to 9 pm. (Wed. November 30).

Absolut Montclair

Wednesday, Nov 30, 2005 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Absolut_montclair_2_1  Reader Dory Swenson tips us that an ad in Absolut Vodka’s "Win a Trip to Sweden" contest is actually a house on Clinton Street in Montclair. You thought the greeting "Merry Christmas" was controversial? Wait til the local teetotalers get wind of this. (Just kidding. Here’s the one we don’t think would fly in the tonier parts of Baristaville.) To support local vodka bottle decor, go to Absolut’s website (you’re supposed to be 21 to get in) and vote for the ad that says Absolut Welcome.

And What About the Leaf Blower?

Wednesday, Nov 30, 2005 10:15am  |  COMMENTS (5)


From Montclair’s HumorInk.

Be There or Be A Grinch

Wednesday, Nov 30, 2005 9:15am  |  COMMENTS (33)

The Chanukah tree, Christmas bush holiday tree lighting in Montclair takes place this Friday, at 6 pm, at the corner of Church Street and Bloomfield Ave. Come see Santa and hear holiday music performed by the Montclair Community Band. Church Street gets closed to cars starting at 5 pm.

The Glen Ridge tree lighting and sing-along is Sunday Dec. 4 at 4:30 pm. Bloomfield’s holiday tree lighting will be Monday Dec. 5 in front of town hall at 7 pm.  The big one at Rockefeller Center is, of course, tonight.

Fondue For You

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2005 8:55pm  |  COMMENTS (74)

Cheesygoodness_2 We’re not certain, but we’re going to go out on a limb and say we think Coffee Club Cafe & Tea House (151 Valley Road) might just be the only place in Baristaville serving fondue (both savory and sweet). If a meal comprised of large quantities of melted cheese, followed by large quantities of melted chocolate, makes you largely happy, bring a bottle of wine over and check it out. Meanwhile one Baristanet reader can win a fondue meal for two, just by answering this question.

How many coffee beans are in the Barista’s virtual coffee jar? (Hint — jar capacity cannot exceed 200 beans)

HINT: Number is between 150-165.

What If Joey D. Announced a Park Improvement and Nobody Came?

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2005 3:12pm  |  COMMENTS (9)

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. will announce of a $1 million project to improve the drainage and add irrigation to the meadow in Essex County√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s Brookdale Park tomorrow and, the news advisory says, the event will take place "RAIN or SHINE." Given a decent chance for showers or thunderstorms tomorrow, we’ll see if the county exec and his umbrella holders will be put to the test. We’re not planning to stand out in the rain just to see someone hand over a big fake check, but we do have to admit that if it does rain, it will be a nice illustration of the park’s drainage issues. Noon Wednesday next to the Brookdale Park field house near the lower parking lot. Soccer moms, go and root for the field.

Wanted: A New Whine

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2005 1:45pm  |  COMMENTS (59)

Now that the Crescent Parking Deck is up, and parking is free in downtown Montclair through Dec. 31, what are we going to bitch about?

Rumors of its Demise Appear to Be Exaggerated

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2005 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (8)

White_circle2 Despite talk on’s Bloomfield message board about the White Circle closing, the fine Bloomfield Ave. eating establishment dive seemed alive and well when we visited yesterday and nobody had heard a hint that it was supposed to close. The decor, grease, counterman and customers all appear unchanged from the Truman administration.

The End of Birdgate

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2005 11:18am  |  COMMENTS (1)

If you missed that tweet tweet sound, it’s back. A tipster writes…

The birds at the Watchung Plaza post office in Montclair are back on the counter after a short banishment due to a customer’s complaint.  Apparently a customer came in recently, got irate about something (unrelated to the birds) and then stormed out threatening to call the post master and get the birds removed. They were in deed removed, but have now been "saved" by public outcry.  A regular customer started up a petition to get the birds back and got over 300 signatures on it and the Montclair Times got involved and is going to do a story as well.  The manager at the Watchung branch decided that was enough to allow the birds back.  I got the story today from Alan, the clerk there.

Baristanet applauds the petition signers — brava! And to that irate customer — watch your back. We hear birds can get angry, real angry.

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