TV Show Tomorrow at Unbelieva-Bill’s

Monday, Aug 31, 2009 9:15pm

This just in… As we know, Montclair is a popular destination for film crews. Here’s a show we can all go to–if we can get up that early.
Larry Hoff of New York’s WPIX-TV (CW-Channel 11) is coming to Unbelieva-Bills on Tuesday, September 1, and we are all invited.
Unbelieva-Bills is inviting children of all ages and their parents to take part in a live television shoot with Larry Hoff and CW 11 tomorrow, September 1 from 6:00 to 8:30 a.m. at Unbelieva-Bill’s Montclair location at 312 Bloomfield Avenue.
Anyone who comes and participates will receive a voucher for free admission for a return visit.

George Foreman Set to Knock Out Fans in Clifton

Monday, Aug 31, 2009 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

georgeforeman.jpgGeorge Foreman, former Heavyweight Boxing Champion and Olympic gold medalist, is set to knock fans out tomorrow at Barnes and Noble in Clifton as he promotes his latest book, “Knockout Entrepreneur: My Ten-Count Strategy for Winning at Business.” Foreman, 60, who has ten children, is spokesman for the hugely successful George Foreman Grill and has at least ten books under his belt, will share his secrets to success with aspiring and established entrepreneurs as well as ordinary fans, from 7.00pm-8.00pm. Call 973.779.2730 for event guidelines.
Barnes and Noble
395 Route 3 East
Clifton, NJ 07014
Open Sun-Sat 9.00am-11.00pm

NJ Transit’s Brand New Entrance

Monday, Aug 31, 2009 2:54pm  |  COMMENTS (13)

No more mingling with the Long Island riffraff when you’re running to board your Montclair train in Penn Station — unless you want to. As of this morning, NJ Transit now has an entrance of its own at the corner of Seventh Avenue and 31st Street.
Speaking of Penn Station, interesting to see “Mad Men” revisiting the demolition of the beautiful old Beaux Art Penn Station this season. Sure don’t make them like that anymore, do they? Of course it was the character Paul Kinsey, who we learned last season was a denizen of Montclair, who was disgusted by plans to tear it down.

Memories of the St. Sebastian Fair

Monday, Aug 31, 2009 2:39pm

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Did you make it to the St. Sebastian’s Fair yesterday? We had a great time. The kids tried their first “dog corns.” One of the carnies kept giving us a free ride after we paid for the first one. It was Sunday afternoon fun–and less than a mile from my house with plenty of parking. We even saw the Saint.

Amigurumi Artist Ups Cute Factor in Montclair

Monday, Aug 31, 2009 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

(Revised to remove personal details upon the request of the interviewee)
Ana Paula Rimoli was a busy mom of a two-year-old girl, Olivia, and working at a dead-end office job when what started as a mere hobby, the making of crocheted toys, picked up enough pace to flourish into a booming Internet business as well as two instructional craft books.

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YMCA Park St Shuts for Maintenance This Week

Monday, Aug 31, 2009 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (10)

ymcalogo.jpgThe YMCA on Park St has shut its doors for a week for maintenance and will reopen on Sept 8. Details of the closure and alternative arrangements for the week are found here. Registration and the dropoff of Extended Care forms may still be done at the Park St Y from today through Friday. (Separately, please note Montclair Township’s Essex swimming pool on Chestnut St is closed for the season. Mountainside and Nishuane pools are open for another week)

Montclair Police Investigate Claremont Armed Robbery

Monday, Aug 31, 2009 10:23am  |  COMMENTS (9)

This just in from Lt. James J. Carlucci of MPD:

Montclair Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the Clare-Pine Gulf Station on Claremont Ave at approximately 4:30 p.m. on August 29th. Two black males entered the bay area of the station and one placed a hard object into the attendants back and stated, “Give me the money.” The suspect with the object then went through the victim’s pockets and removed over $300.00 dollars in cash. The second suspect stood behind the first and didn’t speak during the robbery. Both suspects then fled on foot southbound on Pine Street towards Glenridge Ave. The suspects are described as black males, 18 – 20 y.o.a., approximately 6′, 170 – 190 lbs, wearing long solid knee length red t-shirts, and light blue jeans. Both suspect had braids with died red tips. The suspect who pressed the object into the victims back had a very thin face. The victim was not physically injured during the robbery. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Ray Gulbin at 973-409-4739.

Playground Closed at Edgemont Park

Monday, Aug 31, 2009 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (3)

edgemont park.jpgUpdate: The park is open and crowded (see left) on this gorgeous day. Crews are still filming goodness-knows-what. I couldn’t get the crew to tell me what the photo shoot was about. But it didn’t look like a super-secretive Sopranos movie. Maybe it was a commercial for a bank or a toy. Some dad-like guy kept waving his arms while jumping and smiling. Can you see him in the photo under the blue tent?
If you plan to take advantage of this crisp, fall-like morning and take the kids to a playground, don’t go to Edgemont Park. We were just there and a film crew has taken over the playground and closed it off to the public. My girls did not understand why some kids were playing in the playground and we couldn’t. I tried to explain that the kids on the playground were actors, but they didn’t care–they wanted in and I left with two very cranky kids.

PSA to Stop Teen Texting

Monday, Aug 31, 2009 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

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NJ is one of two states that outlaws texting while driving–and our senator is working on a nationwide ban. I’m not sure this ban is enforced–I saw a NJ cop texting in his car yesterday on Route 23. I’ve seen teens do it. I’ve also caught my kind–moms in minivans–playing with their cells while driving. I wish the ban were more effective. Mobile phones cause 6 percent of accidents and 2,600 deaths each year.
This controversial PSA from The United Kingdom uses scare tactics to stop us. Do you think this PSA sends the right message–or is it too much?

The New York Times reports that drivers overestimate their ability to multitask while driving. See how you do in their driving while distracted game. I played and died–multiple times.
My kids will be allowed to drive when they turn 34, if they are lucky. Though they do like to drive their Barbie Jeep. For the record, they do not talk on their Elmo cell phone at the same time.

School Begins For Adults, Too

Monday, Aug 31, 2009 9:00am

adult school.jpgThe Adult School of Montclair, which began during the Great Depression, is going strong 75 years later during the Great Recession and opens its doors to registration tomorrow. The theme this year is the adult school’s 75th birthday. The cover is a cupcake with a sparkler on top, and the Adult School reminds us of a prestigious history, with past speakers that have included Isaac Asimov, Jean Shepherd and Paul Volcker. In addition to the regular classes taught in the Montclair High School Annex, there are also more than 300 online courses.

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