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Sing In The New Year With Montclair’s Own Opera Star

I met Alison Bolshoi at the Garden Club of Montclair. She's warm, friendly and a great flower designer too. But until she had to cut back her garden club activities because of her heavy...

First Night Street Closings

The following streets will be closed December 31, 2009 for First Night festivities: Church Street (entire length) 6:00 p.m. -1:00 a.m. South Park Street (from Bloomfield Avenue to the exit of the Crescent Deck) 5 pm...

Box Heaven

What to do with leftover UPS boxes? Sue Kasdon of Glen Ridge, owner of the Immortal Cat, made a McMansion for her cat Pablo.

Baristaville, 2009

As usual, a lot happened. The Democrats took over in Washington, but lost in New Jersey. Michael Jackson died. A plane crash-landed safely in the Hudson River. Another plane went down...

A Snowy New Year

Will this change your plans for ringing in 2010? THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THIS EVENING. THE LEADING EDGE OF PRECIPITATION HAS REACHED CENTRAL NEW JERSEY AND EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA...

One Montclair Family’s Kwanzaa Celebration

Dionne Ford Kurtti, a writer and mom, has been tracing her family's ancestry since she was 12-years-old and tells of her journey on her blog, Finding Josephine. It all started, she explains, when, "I...

NJ Residents Divided on Decade Past, Hopeful of Future

Residents of NJ are divided on whether the past decade has been good to them, with 30% saying life has improved, 34% saying it has worsened, and 31% believing nothing's changed since 2000, according...

Claire Rosen Finalist In W Photo Contest

Montclair is home to some astonishing photographic talent--Ed Kashi, Jay Seldin, and Claire Rosen, to name three. And now, Claire Rosen, a young and truly creative and accomplished artist, has had one of...

The 1st Baristaville Baby of 2010

Tomorrow on New Year's Eve, you get to take a chance and Guess the 1st New Year's Baby born at Mountainside Hospital. The winner will receive dinner for two at Bistro 18 and a...

NJ Pedestrian Deaths Rose in 2009; Tips for Safe Passage

There were more pedestrian fatalities in NJ in 2009 even as the total number of traffic deaths fell, which was cause for concern, NJ State Police said. In the year to Dec. 27, 154...

Bloomfield Opens H1N1 Vaccine Clinics to All

For the first time since H1N1 vaccines were made available by the Bloomfield health department, clinics will now be open to all the public, and not just to the target groups which include infants...

The Opposite of Nostalgia

With a child this big (6-years-old), right here and now throws everything else into shadow. Either that, or I've got some kind of weird memory disease. But I am often struck by how long...

Clever Commute