Spring Arrives In Montclair

Thursday, May 31, 2007 5:09pm

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And with it comes a bunch of new homes on the market. Expect lots of excitement over these new listings, including this one at 21 Erwin Park Road, for $1,049,000, close enough to walk down the street and borrow a cup of sugar a pot of lip gloss from neighbor Bobbi Brown…


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Sopranos Revealed

Thursday, May 31, 2007 4:25pm

Is the answer to the Sopranos finale found in a Yeats’ poem? Should Soprano Sue sell a room full of Sopranos memorabilia on ebay? Find out here.

Montclair Authors Get Sirius

Thursday, May 31, 2007 2:33pm  |  COMMENTS (6)

Suburban scribes Pam Satran and Debbie Galant will reveal all on the Sirius Radio show “BE HAPPY DAMMIT” tomorrow at 8:15 am.
Call and harass them at 866-LIME-114; the show airs on channel 114 of Sirius (don’t have it? Sign up for a three-day free trial).
Meanwhile, if you missed it last week, check out the story on Montclair’s powerhouse author and grande dame Dorothea Benton Frank, in the Montclair Times. Then tell me who you think that “popular women’s author” was that got her started writing…

Another Armed Robbery In Montclair

Thursday, May 31, 2007 12:45pm  |  COMMENTS (46)

Teens with guns, again!

On Tuesday night, at 10:13 pm, police responded to the area of Edgemont Park on a report of an armed robbery. The victim, a 62-year-old Montclair male, states that he exited a bus and was walking in the area of Valley Road and the Parkway when he was approached by two black males. One of the males brandished a black handgun and walked him into the park, where he was forced to sit on the ground. The suspects demanded his money before fleeing east on the Parkway towards Valley Road. The victim, who reported no injuries, states that the proceeds of the robbery were $160 and a cell phone. The suspects are described as two black males, 16 – 19 years of age, neatly-dressed and wearing dark colored baseball hats. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Detective James Milano at 973-509-4726.

Are You Sticking It To DeCamp Next Week?

Thursday, May 31, 2007 11:15am  |  COMMENTS (16)

Baristanet reader Kate Rados, who I’m suprised hasn’t started an “I Hate DeCamp” website, has news to report…

I think I won a bet or something…
Good news, the DeCamp petition (https://www.petitiononline.com/DeCamp/petition.html) has over 100 signatures.
Reminder, the commuter strike is scheduled for June 7th – next Thursday. Take NJTransit, carpool, hovercraft, or just sign the petition if DeCamp is the only way to get to work.

In reading Kate’s blog entry about her Norma Rae moment, I discover she’s Greek. Gia sou Kate!

The Carla/Corzine Conundrum

Thursday, May 31, 2007 10:52am

File it under “people I wish I didn’t sleep with…”
From 1010 WINS

Republicans are going to court Thursday to try to force the release of e-mails between Gov. Corzine and the head of New Jersey’s largest public employees union.
Corzine and Carla Katz once dated and the governor reportedly gave Katz $6 million after they broke up.
GOP lawyer Mark Sheridan said he particularly wants to see e-mails exchanged during recent state worker contract talks. Sheridan said Republicans would like to make sure there was no undue influence exerted by Katz on the governor.

You talked about it here; what’s gonna happen?

Montclair Death Under Investigation

Thursday, May 31, 2007 10:26am  |  COMMENTS (4)

From the Montclair Times

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office has opened a special investigation into the death of Linden Avenue resident James Wiggins.
A family member of Wiggins called the police this past Saturday, May 26, at about 8:30 a.m. after finding the 41-year-old man’s body in a second-floor bathroom at his home, said Paul Loriquet, a Prosecutor’s Office spokesman.
Police closed off a section of Linden Avenue, which intersects with Orange Road near the South End Business District, to traffic while investigators searched for evidence.
Detectives found Wiggins’ body on the bathroom floor, and it appeared that when the victim fell he struck the toilet, since the seat had been broken, Loriquet said.
The death appeared to be drug-induced, according to the preliminary findings of the investigation. A witness from the family told authorities Wiggins had a drug problem, Loriquet said.

Hands Off My Property!

Thursday, May 31, 2007 8:36am  |  COMMENTS (7)

A public advocate says NJ towns are abusing property owners’ rights and is pushing for legislative change of redevelopment laws, making it harder to seize property under eminent domain. From The Star Ledger:

In releasing a second report on New Jersey’s eminent domain statute, Public Advocate Ronald Chen said towns officials have exploited the law to include desirable properties in so-called blighted areas, seize land without notice, low-ball landowners being pushed out and rubber-stamp projects where they have a personal interest.

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Read The Book, Crash The Party

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 4:25pm  |  COMMENTS (24)

Last week, we spied an ad in the Montclair Times announcing the official grand opening of Bobbi Brown’s new education station, The Studio. The ad was also a public invitation (would that include Baristanet?) to join Bobbi for cocktails and fun tomorrow night, from 4-8pm.
When we stopped by this afternoon, the “ladies who lunch” crowd were already bellying up to glam beauty bar like it was happy hour. The Star Ledger also checked out her new “garage” at 8 Lackawanna Place:

One other noteworthy feature: Instead of a wall, the office is separated from the rest of the space by an oversize industrial garage door — or it would be, if it weren’t rolled up to the ceiling.
At The Studio, she plans to offer makeup lessons for women with only rudimentary hand-face coordination, plus makeover parties…and introductory workshops for those considering becoming makeup artists

We’re intrigued by her approach to cosmetic rejuvenation (no knife required), now ours for the asking, right here in Baristaville…(could be worth a try!) And by the way, although the Ledger says the party starts at noon – it’s a misprint. The gals at The Studio assured me they’ll be ready to party at 4 pm. See you there?

Your Evening Commute: Invoke “Plan B”

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 3:28pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

A visit from President Bush is expected to jam the NJ Turnpike and adjacent roads today, and make your commute more hellish than usual. Don’t go there. From NJ.com:

The Federal Aviation Administration has announced temporary flight restrictions for the airspace above much of New Jersey this afternoon in preparation for President Bush’s fundraising visit.
The restrictions stretch from Teaneck to Trenton and will be in place between 3:50 and 7:35 p.m.
All flights in and out of Newark Liberty International Airport will also be suspended for a 20-minute window surrounding the arrival and departure of Air Force One, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said this afternoon.
While the president’s travel arrangements are not made public for security reasons, the scheduling of President Bush’s visit to Edison late this afternoon also raises the prospect of traffic problems in Essex, Union and Middlesex counties late this afternoon.
Bush plans to address a reception at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison… If he travels by motorcade to the location, in Raritan Center not far from New Jersey Turnpike interchange 10, that could force the closing of the Turnpike and other roads just as rush hour traffic is building.

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I'm struck by how much attention is being paid to the details of a parking lot, as opposed to the attention paid to the future impact of the monstrous projects being planned.

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