2008 in Baristaville

Yes, it was a big year for news: the rise and fall of Sarah Palin, the astounding win of Barack Obama, the fall of Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers…
Locally, too, the year was abundant with news. The tragic: brutal murder of Montclair mother Monica Paul in June and the collapse and death of Montclair football player Ryne Dougherty in October.
In terms of things that roll: it was the year of the crosswalk sting operation, the bicycling mayor, skateboarders being arrested and, in Bloomfield, a years-old skate-park dream come true.
In controversy: a legal victory for Ted Mattox, the end of the road for PAWS, Dick Grabowsky’s eviction of some non-paying tenants, “Asbestosgate” and a controversial dog trainer.
And despite a rocky start, the opening of a brand new music venue in town.
I’m sure we’re forgetting lots more, so gentle reader, please add to the list. And Happy New Year!

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  1. The habitual mentality of many residents who want everything for themselves and their kids, but can’t seem to consider for others. Think of cellphones while driving, ignoring pedestrians in crosswalks, uncleared sidewalks, triple parking, bitching about DeCamp, reflexively defending skater boyz/thugs, calling for the firing of anyone in public office, defendng PAWS (but not stepping up with $, leaping to the defense of the ice arena (but not accepting a rate hike). and more. I am so glad no one mentioned Christopher Court or the Marlboro Inn this year.

  2. The year 2008 featured Paul McCartney announcing the imminent release of the Beatles’ “Carnival of Light” recording –which dates back 39 years to the 1967 Sgt. Pepper sessions –, but was held back because it was considered weird or unsuitable for release. I look forward to this one.

  3. The opening of an amazing new spin studio called 3Sixty Cycling on Glenridge Ave. Happy new year 3sixty!

  4. ” I am so glad no one mentioned Christopher Court or the Marlboro Inn this year.”
    Posted by tribble | December 31, 2008 2:40 PM
    You just did !

  5. The outsourcing of our beloved skating arena to a company who doesn’t come close to the old management and employees. I want to know how much the town is “gaining” from this move. Or should I say, what is the savings if any???

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