Have You Heard?

Friday, Mar 31, 2006 3:15pm  |  COMMENTS (57)

It was the week of waiting for a lot of seniors — waiting for those college acceptance letters. If you’ve got some good news share it here, commisserate if you’ve got a wait-listed kid or bring all your off-topic ramblings here to the chat thread…

Oh, and if you feel the need to spam us with "poop" comments or use another poster’s name and email address, expect your verbiage to be deleted and possibly your IP banned. Thanks and have a great day!

Fashionista Alert

Friday, Mar 31, 2006 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (28)

Thread_1 Thread, a new Baristaville fashion stop, quietly opened its doors last Thursday. We had a peek inside the white washed shabby chic boutique, to
check out the cool-colored must-have threads. It all shouts SUMMER!  Owner Kendra Lanzo said she loves her new digs at Watchung Plaza… She√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s keeping company with fashion bastions Piazza della Sole and D√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢Moni, right around the corner. And despite only a bouquet of balloons at the door to say "We’re Open", the local shoppers have  been flying through the doors.  Kendra keeps her flower filled shop stocked with comfortable, relaxed clothing, and she may even have some special promotions up her sleeve. Open seven days a week, 123 Watchung Avenue, 973-509-8892.

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From The Closet To The Bookshelf

Friday, Mar 31, 2006 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (57)

Pmc_greeveyh2006032901826Former New Jersey Governor James Mc Greevey gave us his √¢‚Ǩ≈ìI am a gay American" speech in August 2004, but apparently that, and the ensuing media frenzy, wasn√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢t enough. The Ex-gov, compelled to share the nitty gritty of his childhood, two sham marriages, and gay sex life has written his autobiography, The Confession. Oh yeah, there√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s a heavy dose of his New Jersey politics mixed into it too.  From the Star Ledger:

It spans his whole life because his time as governor was very much influenced by his whole life."The book will include details about McGreevey’s gay sex life and his efforts to keep his homosexuality hidden through two marriages and a political career that took him from Woodbridge Town Hall to the Statehouse, according to two people familiar with the book.

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Thrill Seekers

Friday, Mar 31, 2006 11:33am  |  COMMENTS (21)

Moscow2Friday, March 31

  • Annual College Club of Montclair Used Book Sale √¢‚Ǩ≈ìIf you have never been to this annual used book sale √¢‚Ǩ‚Äú you have been missing a great event√¢‚Ǩ¬ù says Adriana O√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢Toole. It√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s a fundraiser for the club√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s scholarship program, and a chance to load up on great collections, cookbooks, history books, etc.  You can line up with all the booksellers today and pay $5 admission, or wait until tomorrow √¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Saturday – when it√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s free.  9:30 a.m. √¢‚Ǩ‚Äú 9 p.m.  Also throughout next week: Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday 2 √¢‚Ǩ‚Äú 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, 10 √¢‚Ǩ‚Äú6.  26 Park Street.
  • On T.V. – Two Dudes from Montclair: Dewar MacLeod, professor of history at William Paterson University in Wayne, will be featured on  "One-on-One with Steve Adubato"  tonight, at 6:30 p.m. on CN8-The Comcast Network.  He will discuss √¢‚Ǩ≈ìThe Challenges of American Suburbia.√¢‚Ǩ¬ù  We’re hoping that since suburbia is the subject, they might mention a certain book that we love.
  • Phoenix Dance Theatre, one of Britain√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s leading dance companies, comes to Baristaville for its American premiere at MSU. They√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢ll dance 2 programs over the weekend. Tonight, √¢‚Ǩ≈ìMixed Bill√¢‚Ǩ¬ù, tomorrow, April 1, √¢‚Ǩ≈ìPlanted Seeds√¢‚Ǩ¬ù – 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $35 √¢‚Ǩ‚Äú Alexander Kasser Theatre, Normal Avenue, Montclair. 973-655-5512 Read the NY Times review here.
  • Stars of the Moscow State Circus – One night only -at Caldwell College, 9 Ryerson Avenue, Caldwell. Performances are at 5 and 8 p.m. Tickets available at the door. An adult admission is $22, but you get to bring three kids for free! Additional kids, $7.50. 973-228-4424.
  • And while you√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢re dining√¢‚Ǩ¬¶The Sharp Four, featuring guest saxophonist Chris Dragotta, plays 8-10 pm at Church Street Cafe. 12 Church Street, Montclair. 973-233-0216.

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Big Doings In Real Estate

Friday, Mar 31, 2006 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (105)

Schade_house_1_2It’s the stuff of real estate fantasies. Over in Glen Ridge, check out the big ticket sale of this grand Ridgewood Avenue manse that came complete with the ultimate in sweetheart deals. Read it about first, on Real Estate.

Meanwhile, with 97 comments and counting, readers had a lot to say about the possible demolition of 4 Duryea Road. Responses ranged from outrage at the demolition of the picturesque Victorian to pro-demo commenters insisting the house "needs to be knocked down," telling others to "mind their own business" and describing the historically-designated home as "a beautiful piece of crap."

Turns out there was at least one other buyer interested in 4 Duryea. A reader writes…

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Campus Fire Safety: Now You’ll Know

Friday, Mar 31, 2006 9:04am  |  COMMENTS (2)

It√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s a bizarre coincidence, that yesterday√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s fire at the Montclair State University student dorm occurred the same day legislation was passed requiring colleges and universities to provide prospective and current students with fire safety information on campuses.  Baristanet received a press release from Congressman Bill Pascrell√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s chief of staff, Ben Rich, Announcing that H.R. 2637, the √¢‚Ǩ≈ìCampus Fire Safety Right To Know Act√¢‚Ǩ¬ù passed yesterday afternoon on the House floor. 

Pascrell first introduced this legislation to the 106th Congress, following the tragic fire at Seton Hall University on January 19, 2000, which killed 3 students and injured more than 50 others:

√¢‚Ǩ≈ìThe common sense fire safety disclosure requirements passed today should have been in place many years ago," stated Pascrell, a longtime champion on fire safety issues.  "The actions of Congress will prevent countless families from experiencing the devastation that the families of Seton Hall had to endure after the tragic fires in 2000.  "

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The Rich Get Richer

Friday, Mar 31, 2006 12:21am  |  COMMENTS (17)


Here’s the fantasy. You’re sitting around one day and somebody just offers you an insane amount of money for your house. Let’s think big. A million dollars. No bigger. Two million. Shucks, it’s just a fantasy, why not, say, $4 million? And as long as we’re fantasizing, let’s just say this mysterious offer comes straight out of the blue, and is completely private, so you don’t even have to share $240,000 with some realtor.

Well, for you and me, this is the stuff of fantasy. But in real life, guess who it happens to? Not just any Joe Schmoe but the reputed richest man in Glen Ridge, wheeler-dealer and philanthropist Curt Schade.

Details of the story are a little fuzzy and the Schades didn’t return our call, but the story’s all around town. The amount he was offered, according to the who tells the story, is either $3.9 million or $4.2 million or somewhere in between. The mystery buyer is either a person who simply came up and knocked at the door, or an acquaintance from the city who’d previously been to the house. And, as Schade is reported to have been telling friends, it was simply an offer he couldn’t refuse.

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Montclair State Dorm Evacuated

Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 6:00pm  |  COMMENTS (12)

Montclair1_033006 From our favorite cyberarian Arnie, we learn that 7Online was circling Baristaville today reporting on an early morning fire in Bohn Hall, a high-rise dormitory, that lead to an evacuation at Montclair State today. Reports so far indicate that only one student sustained a minor injury.

Another Tear Down In Bloomfield

Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 3:20pm  |  COMMENTS (56)

On April 6, Bloomfield’s zoning board will hear a developer√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s plan to tear down the small two-story office building at 1246 Broad Street √¢‚Ǩ‚Äú next to Brookdale School and Provident Bank √¢‚Ǩ‚Äú and replace it with a three-story 28-unit apartment building.

The potential over-crowding, traffic congestion, increased taxes, and death of 14 trees are just some of the reasons neighbors are protesting. Residents are meeting tonight to discuss: March 30, at 7pm at the VFW Building, 369 Broughton Avenue, Bloomfield.

Last Laugh For Comic Cop

Thursday, Mar 30, 2006 1:40pm  |  COMMENTS (35)

Club Soda Kenny is off the force.  Sgt. John Feder, the former West Orange cop — who jokes about taboo topics in a raunchy comedy routine — has retired with full pension, payment for unused sick days, and vacation time, said his attorney Paul Bergrin. From The Star Ledger:

The retirement is part of an agreement between Feder and the township, which suspended the 25-year veteran in February after several town officials were mailed a DVD of his off-color stage act. In the act, performed at a Dec. 8 show at the Laugh Factory in Manhattan, Feder jokes about pedophilia, bestiality and other taboo topics.

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