More Concerts Rock Montclair: Grandparents Who Rock & The Bloomingfields

Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 9:47am

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PWRconcert.jpgAs you probably know, Parents Who Rock threw a kids’ concert last weekend at Montclair High School to raise money for the nationwide, locally based Little Kids Rock organization. Even though there were three concerts on that day, PWR’s concert was packed. PWR diva Alma Schneider says, “Turnout was huge–around 300 people. Kids were running and dancing around the entire auditorium. We had a healthy kid’s cafe, and Mama Doni was like the Pied Piper with a long line of kids following her around yelling, ‘Oy vey!’

She reports they raised $5,000.

To help them reach their donation goals, PWR is throwing another adults-only concert tonight at Diva Lounge. This one is called Grandparents Who Rock.

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Baristabargains Abound At Bloomfield Auction

Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (4)

The last Saturday of every month, the Underground Flea Market in Bloomfield Center is holding auctions. Yes, the old fashioned type, with an auctioneer talking really, really fast, and another guy shuttling the stuff up and down the crowded aisles of the backroom as one piece is sold and another one presented. I attended last month’s auction, where I hoped to bid on the big box of lovely, delicate lace handkerchiefs and vintage silverplated platters. Unfortunately, I had to get to another photo shoot and couldn’t wait for my box to come up, but I will try again this weekend.

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Anglicans In North Jersey

Saturday, Feb 28, 2009 8:52am

Nutley’s Grace Episcopal Church on Highfield Lane graces the cover on one of Arcadia’s most recent publications Anglicans In New Jersey. Arcadia publishes the distinctive sepia-toned regional history series documenting Baristaville’s, and our nation’s past.
Hat tip to author Phil Read – friend and colleague from The Star Ledger. Last week on the Barnes & Noble scorecard, Anglicans in North Jersey broke into the Top 10 of the 4,400+ Arcadia titles. In Anglicans in North Jersey: The Episcopal Diocese of Newark, Read documents many of the diocese’s 114 parishes, beginning with Newark’s pioneering role in civil rights and the ordination of women. At St. Paul’s in Paterson, the front pews were once lined with the families of millionaires, a reflection of the city’s onetime industrial might. At the Church of the Annunciation in Oradell, a boy by the name of Walter M. Schirra Jr. once attended Sunday school. He would later become one of the original seven Mercury astronauts. And about Grace Episcopal – where Read is a member in Nutley – it’s just up the block from an old store (now residences) where Annie Oakley and Mark Twain use to hang out.

I Know Those Guys On Stage!

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 3:26pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Christian_McBride_photo.jpgWith such a huge talent pool in Baristaville, we ofen feel a connection to local actors and musicians who entertain us. This Saturday at Tierneys, and next Friday night at SOPAC, you can find your groove with some familiar Montclair faces.
Grammy award winning jazz bassist Christian McBride (above) performs a night of jazz improv at SOPAC “A Christian McBride Situation” next Friday, Mar 6 at 8 p.m. He’ll be accompanied by Ron Blake (saxophone), David Gilmore (guitar), and DJ Logic on turntables. We have two pairs of tickets to give away to McBride’s performance. Just ask nicely…and quickly, here.

Update: Christian McBride freebies have been politely claimed!

Tomorrow night, there’s local talent playing upstairs at Tierneys. The Bloomingfields are David Rieth-guitar and vocals, Janet Donofrio-vocals, Brendan Mee-bass, John Packel-drums, Andy Day-guitars, Ken Kurson-keyboards. They start at 9pm this Saturday night 2/28. Also performing is Angels Garage. Angels Garage is Christine Kelly, vocals; Fabio Giron, guitar; John Whipple, trumpet; Angel Kenney, percussion; John Poglinco, bass; and Dave Cushing, drums.
For more weekend thrills, go to Calendar.

Montclair Rethinks Overnight Parking Ban

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 1:42pm  |  COMMENTS (31)

“Parking in Montclair” to many, resonates like an oxymoron. Daytime, you’re hunting down a spot armed with a roll of quarters. Overnight, parking is verboten. But according to town manager Joe Hartnett, the overnight parking ordinance is a policy none of the past three councils have wanted police to enforce. “It’s a dysfunctional system, and no one wants a true overnight parking ban,” says Hartnett.
If you need to park overnight and don’t have use of a driveway, you can take your chances of getting towed, or call MPD with your license plate number, hoping for a special dispensation.
Last month, there were about 3,700 calls to MPD from people wanting permission to park overnight. Councilor Nick Lewis has been working with the parking advisory committee, hoping to hatch a plan that would make the whole process easier on everyone. But hold on, it’s gonna cost you…

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Dan Zanes Reveals Why He Loves Baristaville

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 12:03pm  |  COMMENTS (11)

DanZanes.pngGeorgette at MontclairKids was psyched to score an interview with Grammy-winning kid musician Dan Zanes this week. Zanes gives a sneak peak into his show (a rapper! a tap dancer!) and reveals why he has a soft spot for Montclair.

Will you take your kids to Sunday’s Dan Zane’s concert to benefit the Montclair Community Pre-K?
Come on, he’s pretty good.

Read more at Montclair Kids.

No Coats Required

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 11:15am  |  COMMENTS (13)

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Mother Nature has sprung a bit of Spring weather on us today, with temperatures expected to reach 61F degrees. That’s warm enough to warrant a dash to the shore. Get outside and warm up before the mercury drops again, and tell us how you’re going to enjoy this welcome reprieve from recent arctic blasts.

Gerry Niewood Memorial Service

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 10:20am  |  COMMENTS (3)

Glen Ridge resident, renowned jazz saxophonist, and friend Gerry Niewood will be remembered at a memorial service this Monday, March 2 at 2 p.m. The service will be held at Glen Ridge Congregational Church, 195 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge.
Niewood died in the February 12 plane crash near Buffalo, NY. He was 64. Niewood is survived by his wife, two children, a daughter in-law and two grandchildren. In
lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gerry Niewood Scholarship Fund,
c/o Glen Ridge Congregational Church, 195 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge NJ 07028

$9 Milllion And More For Essex

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 8:50am  |  COMMENTS (91)

It reads as if E. Michael Taylor, Essex’s director of housing and community development found a stash of cash under the county mattress. Yesterday, Taylor handed out checks to Essex municipalities and non-profits from “a decades-old federal community development block grant” package. Checks ranging from $4,000 to $1.6 million were passed out, mainly for road improvements, senior and handicapped services, municipal face lifts – and Baristaville was one of the big winners, according to The Star Ledger. Taylor then made a surprise announcement – that an extra $4 million in federal stimulus funds was on its way to Essex.

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Woot: Our Interview with Dan Zanes

BY  |  Friday, Feb 27, 2009 6:30am  |  COMMENTS (4)

I’m not embarrassed. I am a huge Dan Zanes fan. I don’t need to pretend that I have Alison Krauss on my iPod. Dan Zanes does it for me. Oh, and my kids dig him, too. We’re groupies who have seen him 8 times. It will be 9 this Sunday at the Wellmont for his Montclair Pre-K benefit show.
Call me a soggy graham cracker. But Dan Zanes’ music is real music. He covers American folk, rock, gospel and gets all multi-cultural. His music makes me–and my kids–happy.


And unlike Alison Krauss or Coldplay, Dan Zanes talked to me on the phone for MontclairKids.

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