Locals Audition for Oprah

Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 9:00am

Nicole Duke.jpgThink you have what it takes to be on television? Why not audition for “Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star?”
That’s exactly what two citizens of Baristaville did.
Nicole Duke, Montclair resident and former owner of caf√© and boutique, Nicole’s Closet in Bloomfield, sent in a video and also attended a in-person audition for a chance to get her own show.

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U13 Montclair Bulldogs Capture Cerbo Elite Spring Championship

Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 8:30am

U13 bulldogs.jpgThe U13 Montclair Bulldogs played their normal brand of solid defense and received a stellar pitching performance from Michael Hall, who carried a perfect game into the 5th inning before surrendering a run. The bulldog bats were also hot as they touched up the Blue Chip pitcher for 3 runs in the first and continued to tack on runs in the following innings. The win marks the 7th championship trophy in the last 6 years for this group (spring and summer leagues).
The U13 Bulldogs, most of which have been together since U8, have also notched 3 second place showings in that same time period. The team is currently 5-0 in summer league play and will hopefully go for title number 8 later this summer.
Have a kid who loves baseball? The Montclair Baseball and Softball Club is offering a week-long summer camp:

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Coyote Pups Sighting On Eagle Rock Way

Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (45)

Watch out for coyotes. A tipster tells us of three coyote pups spotted on Eagle Rock Way in Montclair last night.

Last night at around 9:45 pm, I saw 3 coyote pups darting back and forth across Eagle Rock Way, just south of Llewellyn Rd. I did report it to the DEP and they confirmed from my description that they were in fact coyote pups, not foxes. (Coyote pups are beige and gray with a tail that sticks out straight behind them. Their ears stand up, resembling large cat ears.) The pups were about the height of a medium sized dog but were very skinny with long legs. The person at the DEP has advised me not to let my small dog outside unattended even in our fenced in yard, especially at night. Also, she suggested we keep our property free of anything that might attract small animals or rodents, such as fallen fruit from a tree, dog food or unsecured garbage, as those are all things which will attract a coyote. Last, she recommended the use of mothballs or leaving a radio on as possible deterents, as well as banging on pots and pans if a coyote is actually present.

Coyotes were seen in the same area in February. Just this past weekend a six-year-old was attacked by a coyote in Rye, New York.

Residents Bemoan Exclusion in MSU Expansion Plans; OPRA Request Denied

Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

newdorm.jpgBetween the increase in rat population, excess noise, felled trees, endangered wetlands, $4 million in lost property taxes, increased population (let alone the sewage issue) residents of Montclair and Little Falls have a lot of mounting gripes with the ongoing construction of Montclair State’s new student dormitories. With the intention of clearing the air with its neighbors, MSU officials scheduled a community forum for last Monday, June 21.

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A Waterside Vacation to Remember

Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010 2:00pm

brothers fishing.JPGWe spent an idyllic week recently, with kids and their grandparents in tow, at the waterside home of friends in Sarasota, Florida. The children, I hate to say, skipped the last couple of (abbreviated) days of the school year, but the big picture – the value of spending time with grandparents who live overseas and whom they don’t see often – assuaged parental guilt over that matter. As it turned out, a waterside break for a city-centric family can be plenty of education in itself!
In the blazing Florida heat averaging 95F° daily, we had access to the coolness of a swimming pool, as well as a private jetty, which came replete with two kayaks.
kayaking.JPGWhen the kids weren’t racing each other swimming, they were having a blast on that jetty, learning to fish for the first time. My 10-year-old was very attentive to the details of how and where to hook his shrimp bait (in the middle of the underbelly helps keep them alive), how to cast the line (underhand and against the current) and the exact moment at which to reel in his catch (when you get a hard nibble that makes the rod bend!).

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MHS's Project Graduation: Location Revealed

Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010 1:00pm

MHS project graduation.JPGProject Graduation at Montclair High School is traditionally held in a secret location. Graduates pile on buses, loudly parade through town and arrive at a fun, all-night location. Anna Hess, one of the graduates, shared the story with us….

Montclair High School’s most recent graduates were greeted by
applause, cowbells and much support from Montclair residents on
Thursday evening after the graduation ceremony. After their
traditional parade around town, the seniors were bussed to Project
Graduation at Velocity 17 in Maywood, New Jersey.
Go Karting and Laser Tag were the main attractions at the event, but
the most popular activity was signing yearbooks. There was also a
hypnosis show, which wowed and amazed all that attended.
Early birds may have spotted the caravan of buses returning hundreds
of happy and exhausted students to the school very early Friday

Complicated Portrait Emerges of Montclair’s Alleged Russian Spy, Cynthia Murphy

Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (27)

The Cynthia Murphy neighbors thought they knew was a mom of two young girls who loved to garden and made sure to water her plants. Richard Murphy was the dad at the bus stop. The couple even had dogs and owned a Honda. They were unremarkable in many ways and that was the point. According to FBI documents, everything the Murphys, who were arrested Sunday in Montclair for being alleged Russian secret agents, did was in response to this directive.

You were sent to USA for long-term service trip. Your education, bank accounts, car, house etc. — all these serve one goal: fulfill your main mission, i.e. to search and develop ties in policymaking circles in US and send intels (intelligence reports) to C[enter].

A smiling Cynthia (pictured) comes across in FBI documents as taking a more active, even authoritarian role in the relationship. In 2004, she advised Richard as to how he could effectively gather information in the U.S. for provision to Moscow Center. She allegedly used contacts she had met in New York to convey information to the Center about prospects for a global gold market. FBI documents indicate that the couple were cautious about seeking employment in the U.S. government, fearing their “legends” weren’t strong enough to withstand a background check.

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Don't Know Much About Current Events?

Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (16)

news-basics.jpgDoes health care reform confuse you? Believe in global warming, but don’t really know why? Want to learn more about Russian espionage? (For that, you have to read all the breaking stories on Baristanet–News-Basics doesn’t plan to cover it.) Well a Montclair dad of two has created a website that explains those things and more in a clear and concise way. It’s sort of “cliff notes” for current events.
Michael Laser, published novelist and writer, admitted to feeling a little unknowledgeable when it came to certain current event topics. After overhearing his teenager talking to friends and realizing that young people don’t really know all the facts of current events, especially presented in an impartial way, he created News-Basics.
This summer, the website will start offering lesson plans and quizzes for teachers to use in the classroom. News-Basics aspires to be different from other sites, such as Wikipedia, by offering key facts in a clear, concise and impartial way. Students (and their parents) can use News-Basics as a starting point of their research to get a good, basic understanding of a topic and then, if needed, move on to sources with more detailed information, which are provided in the articles.
News-Basics will continue to be updated with topics and valuable teaching tools for use in the classroom. Want to suggest a topic for News-Basics to cover? Email here.

Stray Pit Bull Mix Found in Montclair

Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010 10:46am  |  COMMENTS (5)

A reader from Montclair writes:

Here is a photo of a stray Pit Bull mix we found on the corner of Grove and Mt. Hebron streets last night at 10:30. He is brown and white, very friendly and was great with my 12-year-old son. He looks to be well taken care of but wore no collar. He is now at Montclair Animal Center under the name we gave him, Rambo.

If this is your dog, or if you know whose dog it is, please contact [email protected]

Bloomfield Fire Chief: “It’s Only Going to Get Worse”

Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (13)

bloomfield fire.jpgIt’s one thing when budget cuts threaten fireworks. Another thing when they threaten firefighting. But staffing shortages and a cap on overtime hours have already led to one of Bloomfield’s firehouses being closed for almost three days recently.
Fire House 2, located at 90 Watsessing Ave., was closed for 24 hours on Thursday, June 17, and for half days the following Saturday and Monday, Bloomfield Fire Chief Joseph McCarthy told Baristanet.
“Right now we are severely understaffed, as a result we had a significant spike in our overtime,” McCarthy said.

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