Louder Than Words: Autism Benefit

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2009 3:03pm

aktheater.jpgTomorrow night, Montclair State University’s College of the Arts teams up with The Autism Center at New Jersey Medical School of UMDNJ to offer a night of theater and art.
The night starts off with a wine tasting reception at 6:30 p.m. It’s followed by an original theatrical performance by The Workshop Theatre Ensemble, an acting troupe comprised of adolescents and adults on the spectrum. There will also be a musical interlude and a poetry reading. It doesn’t end there! After the performance, you will tour the George Segal Gallery to see the Warhol show.
The tickets cost $100 and will benefit the theater ensemble and the Special Treament Clinic at UMDNJ. Tickets can be purchased at the door at the Alexander Kasser theater. For further information contact B. Madeline Goldfarb, The Autism Center, 973-972-9422.

Resident Confronts Burglar, Politely

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2009 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (14)

Montclair Police say a resident shoo’d a house burglar away in the middle of the night before he could make off with any valuables.
A resident of Elston Road returned to his home around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 25; about 45 minutes later, from his basement bedroom, he heard the back door open. Then he heard steps in the kitchen above him. The resident went upstairs to see what was going on, and he came face-to-face with a strange man standing in his kitchen.
The intruder, described as a light complexioned black man, 5’8″ with a tattoo on the right side of his neck wearing a purple shirt and a black/yellow cap, froze, holding on to a brown leather attache case. According to police, resident looked the intruder in the eyes, and said “please leave now.” The intruder dropped the case and left quickly out the back door, as police were called.

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The Boss And Your Commute Tonight

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2009 2:31pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

In other transit news, NJ Transit is giving you a heads up that you may have additional commuters tonight heading out to the Meadowlands to see Bruce Springsteen. They offer train tips for concert goers as well as an alternative, bus service from Port Authority starting at 4:30 p.m.

Remembering Midge Bourne

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2009 1:23pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

Carolyn “Midge” Bourne, a long-time member and friend of the Glen Ridge Women’s Club and the first and only female mayor of Glen Ridge, has died. Baristanet sends our condolences to Bourne’s family and friends.

We Should Blab to Our Kids More

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2009 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (6)

2636791335_bd1337ba26.jpgI usually like New York Times health writer Jane E. Brody.
But late last night, I read her ridiculous piece called From Birth, Engage Your Child with Talk. I read it on my iPhone when I wasn’t talking to my children. Maybe I should have woken them up. Here’s what Brody writes:

I recently stopped to congratulate a young mother pushing her toddler in a stroller. The woman had been talking to her barely verbal daughter all the way up the block, pointing out things they had passed, asking questions like “What color are those flowers?” and talking about what they would do when they got to the park.
This is a rare occurrence in my Brooklyn neighborhood, I told her. All too often, the mothers and nannies I see are tuned in to their cellphones, BlackBerrys and iPods, not their young children.

It goes on to say that we should talk to our kids more. Mimic them, encourage them, tell them where we’re going, what we’re about to do, and what’s going on when we get there.
Maybe Brody needs to visit Montclair. Moms here blabber everywhere.

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NJ Transit Announces Weekend Service!

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2009 11:06am  |  COMMENTS (73)

weekend.jpg All aboard weekenders! NJ Transit announced today that weekend train service for the Montclair-Boonton line will start on Nov. 8.
The announcement was made at an 11 a.m. press conference this morning at the Bay Street Station by NJ Transit executive director Richard Sarles. Essex County Executive Joe D. Vincenzo, Mayor Ray McCarthy of Bloomfield, Mayor Peter Hughes of Glen Ridge and Mayor Jerry Fried of Montclair were on hand for the announcement. Fried took an active role in impressing upon NJ transit how important weekend train service for Montclair would be back in June. At the press conference, McCarthy credited Fried with making the service happen, saying “Mayor Fried was a dog on a bone with this one.”
How will it work? It was announced that Montclair parking authority will offer free weekend parking in the Bay Street garage at least through the end of 2009. Weekend service will be bi-hourly and Montclair weekenders will need to catch the train from Bay Street, as that will be where the service terminates. Trains will run to Newark where passengers can transfer to New York Penn Station, or stay on board for Hoboken service. Weekend trains will also stop at Watsessing, Bloomfield and Glen Ridge stations.
Weekend train service didn’t sound promising back in March and here, too, when it was expected to be delayed into late 2009. Now that it’s here — are you over the top glad, sad or ambivalent? Tell us how and when will you use the weekend train in comments.

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Go Win Some Free Tickets

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2009 10:44am

The ladies bountiful at Barista Kids are giving away free Dan Zanes tickets.

Giveaway: Dan Zanes and Friends Tickets to NJPAC and DVD

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2009 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (47)

F4AM19.jpgAnyone who knows me, knows how much I love Dan Zanes. He and his band make music that everyone can enjoy. I’ll admit it, I listen to his CDs in the car even when my kids aren’t sitting in the back seat.

I’m really excited to announce this giveaway: One lucky person will win a 4-pack of tickets to Dan Zanes and Friends show at NJPAC on October 10. Two additional winners will each receive the new DVD The Fine Friends Are Here, a live concert DVD collection of 13 favorites, three new animated music videos, plus a bonus audio disc of four new unreleased solo Zanes songs.

To enter the contest, keep reading..

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Newark Beats Out Montclair For Dodge Poetry Festival

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2009 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (14)

When Joe Hartnett said that the Dodge Foundation was “reimagining” the Dodge Poetry Festival and considering something completely different from the Waterloo Village model, he was on to something. Except, the Dodge folks took that reimagining a step further. In a move some might call poetic justice, the city of Newark, home to famous poets and native sons Allen Ginsberg, David Shapiro, and Amiri Baraka, was selected as the new site for The Dodge Poetry Festival in October 2010, along with NJPAC.

“Newark is the state’s center of arts, culture, and entertainment and having the festival in Newark is a testament to its spirit,” said Mayor Booker. “It is a mutually beneficial endeavor. This will raise the profile of the festival and it’s great for the city.”
“This is a ringing endorsement of Newark, New Jersey’s largest city, as a major cultural capital,” said NJPAC’s President and CEO Lawrence Goldman. “We have always said that Newark is the London and Paris of New Jersey and this selection by the Dodge Foundation is a welcome validation.”

This Week’s Highlights: September 30 – October 6

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2009 8:00am

October is packed with family events: The Little Read, block parties, Halloween events and many more. Be sure to check our calendar often so you don’t miss out on all the fun. Here are this week’s highlights:
Enjoy Nature
September 30
Van Vleck offers a Garden Discovery Program today with the theme of “Signs of Fall”.
Attend a Reading Event
October 2
The Little Read event begins today through Sunday.
Check Out the Seven Dwarfs
October 3
Studio Playhouse performs Snow White.
Have Fun at a Block Party
October 4
Aunt Jean’s Toys & Treats holds it’s 2nd annual block party to raise money for The Montclair Community Pre-K.

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