Montclair NAACP Hosting Visit With Santa

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 30, 2010 5:01pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

We will be adding another Santa photo-op to our list of where to find St. Nick, but we felt that this Santa deserves a bit more attention. This Santa is Black. 

The Montclair NAACP along with the Montclair ACT-SO Team and the Montclair Fire Department will be hosting Santa Claus at the Montclair Fire Department on Saturday, December 11 and again on Sunday, December 12. Your kids can meet him, tell him what they want for Christmas and take a picture. Since it will be held at the fire station, they can also tour the fire engines.

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Gift Guide 2010: Cool Jewels

Tuesday, Nov 30, 2010 5:00pm

Savvy shoppers in Maplewood know a secret: some of the most stylish and affordable jewelry in town can be found at Scrivener’s Toys and Collectibles.  Like these baked-bead necklaces in different styles and colors, $27.  

Check out the rest of Scrivener’s trendy-yet-wearable bracelets, necklaces and rings, inspired gifts for anyone from teens to teachers.

Hanukkah Tomorrow, Time for Latkes

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 30, 2010 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

One of the best things about Hanukkah is that one gets to fry, and eat oily food, with impunity. Every year, I try to come up with an exciting new recipe for latkes, the potato pancakes that are commonly consumed during this holiday.

Feel free to add half a grated zucchini to this recipe if you like. It won’t make a difference to the taste of the latkes, but will certainly help the conscience.

This year’s second latke experiment involves a mix of grated sweet potato and potato, with chopped rosemary and caramelized onions. The refined recipe will be posted here, where you’ll also find a recipe for jam-filled apple cider donuts, a twist on another Hanukkah delicacy.

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The John Lennon Song Project at Outpost in the Burbs, 12/3

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 30, 2010 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (13)

Read to the end for a ticket giveaway.

One of the most unique and compelling interpretations of the late John Lennon’s compositions comes from The John Lennon Song Project, a 7-piece ensemble created and led by Rex Fowler of Aztec Two-Step and Tom Dean of Devonsquare. Together they have produced a thoughtfully re-imagined tribute that celebrates the genius and artistry of the icon’s music. The group will perform on Friday, 12/3 at Montclair’s Outpost in the Burbs.

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In My House We Have Bath Day

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 30, 2010 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

That’s right, Bath Day. A day assigned for bathing.

The New York Times backs me up on this. The other week they ran an article entitled “The Great Unwashed” reporting on relatively normal people who choose not to bathe, shampoo or deodorize daily. But this is nothing new in my household. My kids are way ahead of that trend.

My kids opt out not for any strongly held philosophical or environmental reasons as is true of some of the subjects in the article. My kids’ motives are really quite simple. They like filth. Or rather they are lazy and prefer the grime to the effort it takes to wash it off.

I’m sure I’m not alone in this, but I may be alone in my enforcement of bath time.

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Join the Baristanet Community on Facebook

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 30, 2010 1:57pm

We like to think that Baristanet offers a full-service, tightly-curated online experience. We’ve got news, features, restaurant reviews, listings, ticket giveaways — and always interesting conversation.

But when we were approached last summer by Jeff Reifman, a Seattle web developer and entrepreneur, about the possibility of a new way for people to experience Baristanet, we were intrigued.

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MSU Prof Arnold Korotkin Receives Awards for 9/11 Community Activism

Tuesday, Nov 30, 2010 1:30pm

Sociologists are known for being — well — socially active. Such is the case with Arnold Korotkin, professor of sociology at Montclair State University. Korotkin, who lives in Little Falls, recently received two different awards for his work in keeping the public informed on the news related to 9/11.

The professor disseminates information through his blog The Gadfly, and through a list-serve that goes to anyone interested in issues pertaining to the September 11 attack. Korotkin was given the humanitarian award by the National Air Disaster Alliance (NADA) — an organization that advocates for safety in air transportation and supports the families of victims of air tragedies — and an honorable mention, distinguished alumnus award from New York University.

“As a community organizer I believe in empowering citizens by providing access to ‘fair and balanced’ information,” Korotkin told Baristanet. “I provide the 9/11 community with daily e-mails containing links to articles from myriad news sources including the NY Times, NY Daily News, NY Post, The Record, The Star-Ledger, the Washington Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, among others.”

Korotkin’s work with the 9/11 community began when he was Director of Community Building for the United Way. His goal was to reach out to families that had lost loved ones as a result of the terrorist attack. “I quickly realized that many 9/11 families had ceased reading, listening to and/or reading the news,” explained Korotkin. “I began the 9/11 List-serv to provide family members access to news and relevant information about services and resources.” Professor Korotkin has continued to maintain the List-Serve since 2001, and distributes daily emails with relevant information.

Anyone who would like to ‘subscribe’ to this free news service should send an e-mail to [email protected] with the word “subscribe” in the subject box.”

Save Our Schools Montclair Continues to Fight

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 30, 2010 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

Save Our Schools, or SOS, is the small group of Montclair parents who created a petition against some of the threatened cuts to Montclair’s education:

  • half-day kindergarten
  • closing Renaissance and/or Edgemont Montessori School
  • increasing class size

They presented the petition, now with 527 signatures, at the November 15 Board meeting and again at a meeting with Superintendent Dr. Alvarez and Business Administrator Dana Sullivan on November 29.

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The Iceman Cometh and Giveth Kitty Home

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 30, 2010 12:45pm  |  COMMENTS (13)

Earlier I had mentioned that someone I know had adopted the kitty, Sunny, that had been abandoned under a car last month in freezing weather. The man who found him, Chuck O., took him to the vet and nursed him back to health but with a new baby and two cats, was not in the position to keep him.

Enter our own John Farrell, a.k.a. Iceman, and his wife, Dale Marie, whom I recently learned fell in love with Sunny and have officially adopted him:

When Chuck found the cat, he weighed less than a pound, suffering from severe hypothermia, dehydration and full body tremors. The 24-hour clinic didn’t think he’d live. Chuck had them put the cat in the incubator and feed it intravenously. He did live and after taking him to the vet yesterday, he is now 3.1 pounds and in good health.

About an inch of his tail is now dead, as is the tip of one of his ears, and the vet hopes they fall off naturally. Chuck’s Mom and Dad nurtured Sunny (this after Chuck spent approx $600 to save an abandoned kitty left to die) back to life.

After my wife, Dale, read his story and how Chuck saved him, we couldn’t help but give this guy the home the deserves. We picked him up late Sunday afternoon and he has already changed our lives. Damn, I love this little guy.

Gift Guide 2010: Kitsch Lit

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 30, 2010 12:15pm

Sure, you can download just about anything you want on your Kindle or your iBook. But when it comes to presents, you want something you can wrap. Cozy little Watchung Booksellers has all manner of books suitable for gift giving, from cookbooks to literary masterpieces. But here are two for that someone on your list who’s mad for 1960’s-era kitsch. Amy Sedaris’s “Simpler Times: Crafts For Poor People” ($25.20 with Watchung’s regular discount) is filled with pompoms and all manner of gingham, all ironic of course. “Mad Men: The Illustrated World” by Dyna Moe ($13.50 with discount) features Joan Hollaway paper dolls and instructions on how to create the classic 60’s bouffant hair-do.

Watchung Booksellers is at 54 Fairfield St., Montclair. 973.744.7177.

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