A Book Lovers Weekend

Friday, Jul 31, 2009 4:41pm  |  COMMENTS (11)

Tonight Watchung Booksellers will be holding Writing Matters: A Dialog on the Craft of Business of the World at 8:30 p.m.7 pm.
Upcoming book events this weekend:
Saturday Baristanet’s own Debbie Galant will be at the Fine Grind from 10 am to noon.
“Thurman Munson Remembered”, will be held this Sunday at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center at Montclair State University.
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More book events and schedules can be found on MEWS’s new social network.

Weather Alerts for Essex County

Friday, Jul 31, 2009 3:35pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

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A severe thunderstorm and flash flood watch are in effect for Essex county.
The National Weather Service has issued the watch until 9 p.m.
Find ways to prepare yourself for severe weather on the Weather Channel’s website checklist.

Summer Music Concert Canceled

Friday, Jul 31, 2009 2:56pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Tonight’s Essex County Summer Music Concert has be canceled. Chuck Mangione was scheduled to perform at Brookdale Park at 7:30 p.m. As of now, there is no rescheduled date.

Child Endangerment Arrest on Bloomfield Avenue Yesterday

Friday, Jul 31, 2009 2:14pm  |  COMMENTS (7)

A woman was arrested yesterday afternoon for endangering the welfare of a child on 700 Bloomfield Ave. after 11 a.m., according to Montclair Police Chief David Sabagh.
“A woman had let her child out of her car between two parked cars and drove off,” Sabagh said. “Two witnesses prevented the child from wondering wandering into traffic.”
The mother went around the block and came back where she was arrested and taken into headquarters. The father of the child was up the block.

Weekend Puppet Shows in Montclair

Friday, Jul 31, 2009 1:00pm

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princessmoxie.jpgJennifer Levine, local puppeteer, brings her puppets to The Edgemont Park Shelter House in Montclair every weekend in August. Each week will bring a different story and a different cast of characters.
There will be two performances of the shows and a special guest apperance by local juggler, Jen Slaw to entertain all ages.
Here are all the details…

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Weird Names May Lead to Jail Time

Friday, Jul 31, 2009 12:58pm

BaristaKids discusses a study that shows naming a boy an unusual name could land him behind bars.
In the professional journal Social Science Quarterly, Shippensburg University professor David Kalist says giving baby boys unusual or feminine first names makes them more likely to land in jail.
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Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested

Friday, Jul 31, 2009 12:33pm

A Montclair man was arrested yesterday as a suspect in a July 14 armed robbery. A West Orange male reported that he was robbed at gunpoint, which was reported here.
Montclair Deputy Chief Todd Conforti writes:

A police investigation identified Brandon Brown, 22 years old, of Montclair, as one of the suspects in this robbery. Brown was arrested by detectives on July 30 at approximately 8:15 p.m. after being observed in the area of Bloomfield Avenue and North Fullerton Avenue. Brown has been charged with Armed Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery, Possession of a Weapon, and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and is being held on a bail of $200,000 bond.

Burglary Arrest Leads to More Charges

Friday, Jul 31, 2009 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (4)

An arrest was made on Tuesday after a burglary occurred on Valley Road. According to Montclair Deputy Chief Todd Conforti, John Carluccio, 21 years old, of Montclair, was identified and arrested as the suspect in the burglary and held on a bail of $10,000 bond. This follows the speedy arrest in armed robberies earlier this week.
After investigation, Carluccio was also charged with burglary and criminal attempt.
Conforti writes:

In addition to being identified in the Valley Road burglary, Carluccio was charged with one count of burglary and criminal attempt (theft) for breaking into a vehicle on Nassau Road on July 27.
As result of this investigation, Carluccio was also charged with criminal attempt (burglary) for a residence on Macopin Avenue where a rear sliding glass door was smashed open on July 25.

This case is still under investigation and has been referred to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.

The State of Volunteerism in NJ

Friday, Jul 31, 2009 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (19)

Bloomfield volunteers.jpgA new report shows that more Americans are getting involved in their communities in multiple ways. In 2008 volunteering held steady while working with neighbors to solve community problems significantly increased over 2007.
As part of its mission to improve lives, strengthen communities,and foster civic engagement through volunteering and service, the Corporation for National and Community Service conducts research on the volunteering habits of Americans. The VolunteeringInAmerica.gov site houses the most comprehensive collection of information on volunteering and national service in the U.S. We looked at their key findings for New Jersey — how do we rank compared to other states? Fogedabodet! (The only consolation os that New York ranks worst of all.)
For those interested in hooking up with a volunteer organization, the state has a nifty new website.
from EcoRealty

Give Your Son an Unusual Name and Jail Could Be in His Future

Friday, Jul 31, 2009 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (7)

jailkid.jpgThere are so many worries when choosing your child’s name. You don’t want to offend an entire religion, hurt a family member’s feelings, or choose a name that is too common. But be careful when choosing a unique name for your son, because a new study shows that naming a boy an unusual name could land him behind bars.
In the professional journal Social Science Quarterly, Shippensburg University professor David Kalist says giving baby boys unusual or feminine first names makes them more likely to land in jail.
The study looked at 15,000 names given to baby boys between 1987 and 1991. The more unusual the name, the more likely that boy would turn to crime. Kalist explains, “Uncommon names are likely not the cause of crime but correlated with factors that increase the tendency toward juvenile delinquency.” Prior studies reveal that uneducated people tend to choose unusual names and spellings for their children.

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