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Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye

We don't need an image consultant to come up with a slogan for Montclair that will attract visitors from all over. The folks at PSE & G have taken care of it for us...

If You Build it, They Will Come

Our friend, the Prop, couldn't resist taking us up on the idea. And now one from Miss Martta.

Stork Privileges

Reader Monica Abbott spotted this sign near the Sears Hardware at Essex Green shopping center in West Orange and sent it our way. Charming, we admit, but stork parking (as it's called) does...

Second Electrical Fire- UPDATED

Residents near Watchung Plaza were baffled and frightened tonight when an electrical transformer burst into flame, lighting the sky. The fire, which took place around 8:30 pm, was the second freak electrical fire in...

Watchung Plaza Fire Pix

Reader Scot Surbeck sent us some extraordinary pictures of this morning's car fire at Watchung Plaza. "The very white flame in the close-up of the car on fire is the downed wire sparking...

Power Back On

Merchants have been allowed to return to their stores and businesses are open again in Watchung Plaza, the scene of a freak accident this morning. A 14,000 volt electrical wire broke away from...

Mess at Watchung Plaza

Forget about heading over to Bluestone Coffee for a latte any time soon. Correspondent Liz George just went over to see what the buzz was when the lights went off in her house, a...

Fashion Accessory of 2005: Handknit iPod Cover

You saw it on Baristanet first: the fashion statement for 2005, which no high school kid can be without, a handknit iPod cover. Ivy Kirk (left) turned New Year's Eve into a sweatshop, enticing...

Misery Index: 6.7

Really they've got to be kidding. It's not bad enough that vacation's over, it's overcast and going to rain and it's the first day back to waking up by alarm clock in 10 days....

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Here's a fine way to wrap up the holiday party season: yesterday's regifting party in Glen Ridge . Shown here, Don Zichelli receives cast-off glassware. Hey, that doesn't look so bad to us: who...

Department of Unusual New Year’s Resolutions

The Barista vows to eat less and write more thank-you notes in 2005, but James Bratek resolves to never submit another post to the Montclair Watercooler. His post appeared on the Montclair Unmoderated message board. Happy...

The Season’s Guilty Pleasures

Some of us are less high-minded than others. Things we will miss most about the holiday season:Time with familyTime with friendsSeeing two movies in the same weekSleeping until 11Those little pigs in the blanketWhimsical 2005...

Fernley and Alissa

Ripped from tomorrow's headlines, a New York Times "Vows" column on a Hollywood wedding held in Glen Ridge, and covered by none other than the Barista. The bride: Alissa Ferguson, daughter of Carolyn...

Clever Commute