Come Say Hi at Art in the Park

Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 4:54pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

barista art booth.jpgI feel like Barista Kids is all grown up. We just got our own table at Art in the Park.
I just set up our display at the Montclair Art Museum for their huge weekend Art in the Park event. I’ll be there tomorrow for that free lunch. Did you know there was free lunch from Toast? It’s for the first 100 people who show up tomorrow, Friday, May 1. Eat, browse and take a peek at the museum. Oh, and I hear there’s a free gift from Jo Malone, too.
Woohoo! I’m just so excited to be there.
If it’s bad weather, I’ll be right inside the hallway entrance (the one by the parking lot) before you see the stage. If it’s nice weather, look for us right next to the man making sundaes. I hope we’re next to the man making sundaes.
So anyway, I’ll be there in the morning and around lunchtime on Friday. Events editor Georgette Gilmore is working 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. And I will stop by after church on Sunday.
Will you go to Art in the Park? Have you been in the past? What did you think?

Clearing Up Misconceptions About MAM’s Deaccessioning

Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 3:20pm  |  COMMENTS (10)

untitled.jpgRemember we told you about Montclair Art Museum’s (MAM) plan to deaccession pieces from its collection? Well, an opinion piece that followed in the Wall Street Journal set off controversy with an assertion that MAM’s actions would be “another sorry example of an institution cashing out on art in the public trust.”
Lora Urbanelli, director of the Montclair Art Museum, says deaccessioning is not a dirty word. It’s something that’s done by practically every museum. Doing it correctly means that monies from the sale of the deaccessioned pieces go directly toward the acquisition of new art. “We’re doing what we need to do to ride out the recession and make it to our centennial. But to suggest that the deaccessioning was being done as a means to securitize a bond was entirely untrue.” Urbanelli adds that everything being done in regards to deaccessioning is in line with the American Association of Museum Directors’ guidelines. “Whenever you sell a work of art, you use the funds to buy another work of art. This is the guarantee you make to the public. You don’t sell paintings to pay the electric bill.”

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NJ Swine Flu Cases Confirmed

Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 1:47pm  |  COMMENTS (12)

The five probable cases of swine flu in NJ are the real deal. No information yet regarding areas where the cases were reported.
UPDATE: Cases have been identified in Bergen, Burlington and Monmouth counties.

Proposed Removal of Baristaville SuperFund Sites

Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 1:04pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

Now that the cleanup work has been deemed successfully completed at the Montclair/West Orange and Glen Ridge Radium Superfund sites, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to remove the sites from its Superfund National Priorities List (NPL). Have something to say about the proposal? EPA has consulted on its decision with the state of New Jersey and is taking public comment on its proposal.
The soil at the sites was contaminated with radioactive waste materials suspected to have originated from a nearby radium-processing facility that operated in the early 1900s. When houses were later constructed in the area, some of the radium-contaminated soil was used as fill in the low-lying areas, and some was mixed with cement for sidewalks and foundations. More than 220,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil were scattered on public and private properties.
Interesting back story on the sites and how they affected residents, here. Public commenting info in the jump…

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JoAnne Paul: All It Takes Is One Person

Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (5)

“This is not a vendetta.”
JoAnne Paul doesn’t look like she could harbor one. In her sixties, Paul is busy entering a stage of her life that was never planned: After her daughter Monica Paul was murdered in the Montclair YMCA last summer by her estranged boyfriend, Paul found herself once more raising children — this time her two grandchildren — while waging a battle on behalf of victims of domestic violence everywhere.
Paul speaks of the letters read at the funeral, letters Monica had written to her children in the case of such an unspeakable event. The letters were dated on the same day in 2007 that Monica filed for a restraining order against the father of her children.
So with no legal background, Paul set out to change the law for other victims of domestic violence; she didn’t want to see the law fail them too. “I’ve been very tired, but I said to myself, ‘I don’t care how I’m feeling, I’m going through with it; I want Monica’s life to count for something.'”

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Swine Flu Freaking Moms Out

Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

swine flu3.jpgMy best friend is a mom of a small baby boy and a 2-year-old girl living on 125th Street in Manhattan. She just wrote me that she wasn’t freaked out about swine flu until the New York Times reported a case at the teachers college at Columbia University yesterday. “It’s directly across the street from us,” she says.
Chandra Turner (that’s her) is mostly worried for her young baby who doesn’t yet have a strong immune system. Her mother, head of an infectious disease department at a hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, offered to send her surgical masks. Chandra’s not ready to put one on yet, but she does say she’s concerned when she rides the 7 train everyday.
Another Montclair mom is being proactive. Her kids aren’t attending school until she feels more comfortable about their safety….

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Food Throwing Mischief Continues In Montclair

Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 8:49am  |  COMMENTS (16)

Are people really, really, bored, brain dead, or both? Along with the recent pudding attack in Montclair, this dangerous random act of mischief ranks at the top of our 10 Stupidest Pranks list.
Montclair Police were called to the 600 block of Valley Road on the evening of April 25, at about 10:30 p.m. When police arrived, they found a 31-year-old woman from Elmwood standing with a friend next to a parked Honda. The woman said a dark SUV drove by slowly as the couple were entering the car, and someone in the vehicle hurled a watermelon at them, hitting the woman in the back and legs. The projectile melon entered the interior of the car, exploding on impact. The car sped away heading towards Bloomfield Avenue.
Police say there was damage to the interior of the car; fortunately, the woman was not hurt. If you have any idea who the watermelon thrower was, please call MPD.
Also reported this week — a dining disturbance at Orbis:

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Free Flight for Kids on Sunday

Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 7:45am  |  COMMENTS (2)

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YE Rally.jpgUpdate: Due to yucky weather, there was no rally last Sunday. It’s rescheduled for May 17. Young Eagles leader Harry Parsons says, “We did have some Cub Scouts show up, so we finagled a tour of the control tower.”
A free flight? Like in a real airplane? Yes, if you’re a kid. (A real kid, not just a kid at heart.)
I wish I were a kid! My dad was a mechanic in the Navy’s Blue Angels, so we traveled the country to see air shows and military bases. I’m awed by aviation. I keep hoping for a Top Gun for our time.
When my kids are big enough, I would love to expose them to The Young Eagles. YE is hosting the free flight rally this Sunday, and they are a part of the Experimental Aircraft Association. The local chapter is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, according to leader Harry Parsons, father of two in Bloomfield.
Twice a year, kids ages 8 to 17 are invited out to Essex County Airport for a free flight. Harry explains that volunteer pilots provide the aircraft, fuel and their time. “We expect twin- and single-engine aircraft and a helicopter,” Parsons said. Pilots do the event so parents “can expose their children and themselves to new experiences and share the freedoms we uniquely enjoy as American citizens.”
“Kids love it,” he adds. “They learn how airplanes fly, how the cars and houses look small from the air, and that their own potential in life is unlimited.”
Here is more information on this exciting free flight. Food is free too. Hot dogs, hamburgers and BBQ will also be served on the house…

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NJ Supreme Court to Decide Future of the Abbott Funding System

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2009 5:11pm  |  COMMENTS (12)

The New Jersey Supreme Court held hearings yesterday on whether to abolish the decades-old Abbott School funding system in favor of a newer system created by Governor Corzine and approved by the School Funding Reform Act last year.
The Abbott funding system grew out of the Abbott v. Burke decisions that mandated poor districts to be equitably funded with wealthier districts, and therefore eligible for the billions of dollars in state aid that have been distributed over the years. Proponents of the new funding system argue that it is more effective in delivering aid to students who need it without discriminating against needy students in other districts. Under the new system, aid is distributed according to enrollment, with allotments for students that are low-income, have special needs, or are otherwise more expensive to serve.

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Out on a Limb

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2009 3:42pm

When I was a child, I regulated myself far better than my mother ever could. I never watched TV when I wasn’t supposed to. I called her at work to get her clearance on any possible candy consumption, and I looked on wistfully at the children who could dare to be so bold. So when an adult, any adult, gave me the Grown Up Go Ahead to do something forbidden, I adored them and gave in to my suppressed desires with every ounce of whim I had.
That’s probably not what Kristen and the crew at Barista Kids want to hear. And I don’t even want to think about how that will come back to me once I’m a parent.
However, certain boundaries should probably not be crossed, like that time my brothers and I decided to try driving our parents’ Cadillac with nary a driver’s license between the three of us. Or, in Kristen’s case, placing someone else’s three-year-old in a tree.
Which begs the thorny question of, how do you deal with other parents breaking the rules you have set out for your children? What about your children’s friends? Discuss your playground drama over at Barista Kids.

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