July 4 Rescheduled for One Month Later

Monday, Jul 31, 2006 5:20pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

Well, at least the Brookdale Park fireworks part of it. Joey D.’s office sends out a news release with all the rescheduled concerts, including the one where we got drenched.

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Hothouse Tricks For A Cool Market

Monday, Jul 31, 2006 3:06pm  |  COMMENTS (19)

Doing whatever it takes to sell a house also includes getting your hands dirty. From the New York Times


Cristina Ryan and her husband, Paul, who are working to sell his ailing father’s four-bedroom colonial in Montclair, N.J., are hoping that attention to landscaping will pay off.
The couple knew that the house’s renovated kitchen and bathroom, new moldings and refurbished hardwood floors would turn a few buyers’ heads, but they understood, too, that unless the outside looked inviting, some of those buyers might never venture inside. So, in the weeks before the house was listed earlier this month at $532,500, they had the front yard cleaned and weeded and all the overgrown or dying shrubbery replaced with $700 worth of new bushes, flowers and ornamental grasses. The exterior was also power-washed and painted.

If you want to see what $700 worth of greenery looks like, drive by 157 Alexander Ave. The home is being marketed by Roberta Baldwin, who also talks about staging homes for sale…

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Dogs Get Their Due

Monday, Jul 31, 2006 2:22pm  |  COMMENTS (44)

Dog Mom writes in to announce that the Essex County Dog Park in South Mountain Reservation opened today at noon.

I was tipped off by an acquaintance in South Orange and drove by for a look-see. A tent and a podium was set up, presumably for the opening ceremonies. The workers there said that it was opening officially today. It’s really gorgeous.

But will it meet the dogs’ approval? Bark here with your review.

Fountain of Snake Oil?

Monday, Jul 31, 2006 12:38pm  |  COMMENTS (14)

Montclair-based Suracell sells a $140 DNA test promising to unlock your body’s DNA secrets as to how well you’re aging. Then there are DNA repair kits if your personal DNA profile is found, um, lacking.
Exciting as it may sound, the federal government says home DNA aging tests like the ones Suracell sells are modern-day snake oil.

While genetic science has great potential, “This industry represents a fraudulent mutation of that promise,” says Gordon Smith, R-Ore., chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging. Smith, who called for the study, said consumers should visit their doctors for tests if they are concerned about particular diseases.

Suracell of Valley Road is led by world-renowned anti-aging doctor, Dr. Vincent Giampapa, “one of the first Certified Anti-Aging Medical Physicians in the world.” Dr. Giampapa is also founder of the Giampapa Institute which holds the noble goal of “offering the most comprehensive plan for anti-aging therapies…we recognize that aging is not a simple chronological event, but a complex of specific dysfunction of the body.”
Not surprisingly, reports on the GAO’s thumbs down are not on the company’s news page.

If You Can’t Stand the Heat…

Monday, Jul 31, 2006 11:50am  |  COMMENTS (5)

Stay in the kitchen. Or whatever’s air conditioned. The National Weather Service predicts that Essex County will be among the places residing in a special circle of hell starting tomorrow.

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Don’t Just Complain About Property Taxes

Monday, Jul 31, 2006 10:16am  |  COMMENTS (91)

chatradio_flag.jpgChat about them. Though we hate to direct you to another website, it’s worth noting that Montclair TV personality Steve Adubato will be doing a live internet chat today at noon on everybody’s favorite subject (besides the weather): property taxes.

Topping the topic list is the thorny issue of Home Rule — and the fact that the state has 566 municipalities and 618 school districts, which makes for lots of duplicative services. How we love our local school districts, and our quaint small-town parades — and how we hate paying for it all! However, a poll earlier this month, reported in the Asbury Park Press, does suggest that Home Rule may no longer be untouchable.

Well, let’s pose the question up close and personal:

My Ballot Box

Montclair residents: would you be willing to have you kid go to school in Glen Ridge or Bloomfield?



Glen Ridge residents: would you be willing to have your kid go to school in Montclair or Bloomfield?



Bloomfield residents: would you be willing to have your kid go to school in Glen Ridge or Montclair?



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While You Were Sleeping…

Monday, Jul 31, 2006 9:10am  |  COMMENTS (144)

Things have been getting interesting with the Ed Remsen – Ted Mattox feud, although we’re worried that council meetings might get even messier if Remsen makes good on his “puking” threat. And Ted, we’re assuming that phone number thing is true for media calls, yes? We tried to get through, but Phil Read must be talking your ear off.
Will these guys continue to work together without coming to fisticuffs? Will Montclair’s residents resort to making their own wayfinding signs. Stay tuned…

Shore Bound? Pack The Whale And Seal Repellent

Sunday, Jul 30, 2006 2:49pm  |  COMMENTS (20)

Reports of animals emerging from the primordial depths of the Jersey Shore (and with us still suffering from Microburst 2006), it seems nature is pretty annoyed these days.
“>”It was the biggest thing I ever saw come out of the ocean,” said rescuer, Bob Beckett in regards to one of the two (count√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢em, two, they√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢re hard to miss) whales breaching our boundaries.” A little less obvious were the scores of hooded seals washing up and down the east coast. One of whom was suffering from sunburn. So pack that new fancy SPF 400 stuff from France if you have any seals in your family tree.

The center is also caring for a hooded seal, which became stranded with severe sunburn on Long Beach Island last weekend. In fact, other hooded seals have been appearing on beaches up and down the east coast, but experts said they belong in much colder waters.
“They’re Arctic by nature and shouldn’t be down here, but we have no clue why they are,” Schoelkopf said.

Glen Ridge Is #2, But They Try Harder

Sunday, Jul 30, 2006 10:57am  |  COMMENTS (18)

Next year, maybe they can be #1 on the list of the Taxation Traumatized.

More Power Woes

Sunday, Jul 30, 2006 9:50am  |  COMMENTS (38)

A tipster tells us that folks in Glen Ridge are without power this morning. After getting past the recorded message (which stated trouble in the Montclair area), the tipster connected with a live voice at PSE & G, and learned that folks on Cambridge and Carteret in Glen Ridge have called in with outages.

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