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Come Say Hi at Art in the Park

I 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...

Clearing Up Misconceptions About MAM’s Deaccessioning

Remember 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...

NJ Swine Flu Cases Confirmed

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

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...

JoAnne Paul: All It Takes Is One Person

"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...

Swine Flu Freaking Moms Out

My 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...

Food Throwing Mischief Continues In Montclair

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...

Free Flight for Kids on Sunday

Update: 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...

NJ Supreme Court to Decide Future of the Abbott Funding System

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...

Out on a Limb

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...

We’re OK

It can be hard to accept Annette's word for it, amid declarations of a public health emergency, the first reported swine flu-related death in the US, and five probable cases in New Jersey. However, a...

Playground Drama: What Would You Do?

I am not overly protective of my kids, especially at the playground. I let them get scraped up. I do not follow them closely saying, "Oh, you'll get hurt if you climb up the...

Yes, I Went To Mexico Last Week

My tan is the tipoff. When I admit I was in Mexico last week, the horrified reactions border on hysterical. At my pediatrician's office, we encountered polite panic as the nurse instinctively recoiled...

Obama’s First 100

Between Sudanese pirates, swine flu outbreaks, stock market woes, flyaway photo ops and oh, those Middle Eastern wars, it's good to know President Obama can find some time here and there to re-arrange his...

Clever Commute