For Sale Sundays: Kid’s Drum Set

Sunday, May 31, 2009 6:31pm

561px-2006-07-06_drum_set.jpgDoes your kid dream of being in Hillside School’s Drums of Thunder one day? Do you have dreams that your kid can be the next John Bonham? You’re in luck. A local mom is selling a youth drum set:

I have a youth size drum set that I purchased used from Rocktec on Bloomfield Avenue and paid $185 several years ago, so I would like something for them. The set needs new drum heads. Any budding drummer out there would get good use from it. Make me an offer.

If interested, you can contact her at (973) 509-9644 or email her. Hope it makes a lucky kid really happy. Maybe you can get her to throw in a bottle of Excedrin for the headache that you may get from all the banging.
Have something you’d like to list on our site? We’re willing to post it on Sundays, so shoot us an email.

How’s Your Garden?

Sunday, May 31, 2009 11:15am  |  COMMENTS (18)

Mine’s getting there. Pictured here are some of my luscious Betty Boop roses. They sit near some indigo salvia and some chartreuse spirea and the combination is pretty great. Most of my roses are opening up and I’m doing my best to keep up with the weeds. Which brings me to this little adventure in weeding……

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Ukulele Draws Fans At Montclair High School

Sunday, May 31, 2009 9:15am  |  COMMENTS (2)

This is John Raido, a math teacher at Montclair High School. Friday afternoon, as I was walking down the hall near Unit 1 I heard a cheerful plinking sound. Could that instrument be a mandolin? Close–it was a Bushman Ukulele, played by Mr. Raido. Turns out there are quite a few high school students who enjoy playing the ukulele, and now they all meet up every day to sit outside and play their ukes together.
In these volatile times of rollercoastering stock markets and missile-happy North Korea, I find it utterly dear that a bunch of high school kids and one of their teachers would so enjoy plinking out “Rubber Ducky” and other benign tunes.

Saturday in Montclair

Saturday, May 30, 2009 9:17pm

Here are just a few of the amazing things that went on during an amazing Saturday in Montclair. In the slideshow below, see photos from the Hope for Kai Bone Marrow Donor Drive, Mayfair at Nishuane, Indigo Smoke, fire trucks & police on Bloomfield Ave., music on Church Street and the owners of Terra Tea.
On wonderful days like today, I can almost forget about the taxes.

Performed for a Live (Yoga) Studio Audience

Saturday, May 30, 2009 9:59am  |  COMMENTS (3)

We all know that Baristaville is also yogaville. You can’t fall over without hitting a studio around here. That means competition is fierce for your meditation money.
So, surely, there were a few skeptics when Garden State Yoga planted itself in this crowded market, amongst the grittiness of downtown Bloomfield.
But they’ve found success (Exhibit A: there is a waiting list for their Bob Marley Flow Nights) by being different. At GSY, they tell you to “Be ready to sweat, smile, sing and be merry!”
Garden State Yoga’s next fusion event is no exception. Plan ahead: On Sunday June 7, the Vinyasa Vibes hot session will be accompanied by the live guitar of Montclair’s own Scott E. Moore. Apparently, he’ll be interpreting what he sees in music, so a string-shredding hair-metal-style solo is unlikely.
If you want to go, click here.

Beware Drive-By Gay Bashers

Saturday, May 30, 2009 8:51am  |  COMMENTS (42)

Last night a tipster sends in a disturbing report of being verbally harrassed with gay slurs.

Just wanted to let you know that just now as we walked by the intersection
of Union & Orange (right at Rocky the horse’s paddock) my partner and I were
verbally abused by a pair of black men in a sedan.
As they approached, the passenger began yelling loudly “Hey, you wanna have
sex? You want me to f***you? Want me to F*** YOU?”

The tipster and his parter ignored and turned onto Union. The men in the car stopped at the light and the guy was leaning out the window, continuing to yell out offensive remarks; the yelling continued until the lights changed and they continued south on Orange.
The tipster asked that we post his account along with the recommendation to take care while walking around town at night.

And Now A Word For Our Sponsors…

Friday, May 29, 2009 3:36pm  |  COMMENTS (7)

We love receiving our reader tips, but where in the cyberworld would Baristanet be without the support of our advertisers? Every couple of weeks, we’ll tune you in to some special deals Baristanet readers can take advantage of. Please, be nice and tell them if you’ve noticed their ads on the pages of Baristanet.

– an eclectic boutique for men and women – just opened in the atrium shops on 26 South Fullerton, Montclair. Cool, funky, unusual and affordable describes the clothing and gifts. Baristanet readers get 20% off the total bill when making their first purchase. (Tell them Baristanet sent you….)
Meanwhile, over at the new Serenity Spa in Bloomfield, you can “join the club” and get hour-long massages for just $49 whenever you want…GT Fitness will get you in shape – send them your email and get two free personal training sessions.
You really enjoyed restaurant week, right? Well our friends at Bistro 18 did too. Chef Ricky continues to offer prix fixe menus every Tuesday evening, and a prix-fixe pre-Wellmont menu on concert nights. Coming up on June 9 is another prix-fixe night with a regional menu from Piedmont, Italy and delicious wine pairings…’Tis the season for crabs, and Church Street Kitchen in Montclair is getting pretty crabby. Check out the menu of soft shell crab dishes prepared many delicious ways. They are also featuring a $5.99 lunch, $20.99 prix fixe dinner, and host regular wine tastings. Check out their website for the details. At Ritacco’s Midtown Bar and Grill (Nutley) just say the magic word “Baristanet” for a free appetizer or dessert.

The Weekend Warrior

Friday, May 29, 2009 2:44pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

Get your weekend started now! This afternoon, get over to Fairfield Street for the first of 10 Friday night “Fridays On Fairfield” parties. Where’s Fairfield Street? Precisely. It’s at Watchung Plaza, on the block anchored by Watchung Booksellers, and don’t you forget it! Six business owners are throwing a free sidewalk party with live music, happy hours, snacks, and in-store specials. Stop by every Friday 4-7 p.m. through July and say hi to Watchung Booksellers, Piazza della Sole, Dot Reeder, J&J Antiques, La Belle Vie, and Lilli Meili & Beau.
Then walk or bike through some amazing art galleries in Montclair (more wine and munchies) on the third annual Gallery Walk, tonight 6-9 p.m. Go to our Calendar, for more local events. For more kid-friendly activities, go to Barista Kids. But before you go anywhere tomorrow, consider stopping at Montclair’s Family YMCA to make a bone marrow donation to help Kai.
Like outdoor shopping? FIVE yard sales are listed on Baristanet’s Classifieds page for this weekend. List your future yard sales free by emailing us here.
The forecast for the weekend looks pretty good – drier and sunnier than today. Up for a road trip to experience The Big Easy? Well buckle up, because you can get there in New Jersey! In its 20th year, the three-day Crawfish Fest, offering up Cajun, Zydeco, amazing Lousiana cuisine and more, sounds like the definition of fun…at the Sussex County Fairgrounds, Augusta, NJ. All you need to know to let the good times roll is on the Crawfish Fest website.

Bone Marrow Donor Drive For Kai Tomorrow

Friday, May 29, 2009 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

kaianderson.jpgFive-year-old Kai Anderson of Manhattan was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of leukemia. Last week, we wrote about his heartbreaking story.
Kai needs a bone marrow transplant. You can help by going down to the Montclair Family YMCA tomorrow and take a simple cheek swab test to see if you are a match. If you are, donating bone marrow is a simple out-patient procedure.
Here are the details…

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Trouble At South Park Bar & Grill

Friday, May 29, 2009 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (25)

Tipsters tell us there was police activity earlier this week at South Park Bar and Grill in Montclair. An observer says a man was taken away from the pub in handcuffs.
Chief of Police David Sabagh confirmed that Montclair Police and MPD narcotics detectives made an arrest at South Park Bar and Grill, while conducting an annual ABC inspection of the estabishment. No further information is available at the moment, the case is under investigation.

From Chief Sabagh:

The arrested individual was identified as the owner of South Park, his name is Jeffrey Melnikoff, age 43. He has been charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $15,000 bond or $1,500 cash alternative


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