Have You Seen Spike?

BY  |  Saturday, Apr 30, 2011 9:08pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

Spike is a medium size black and brown short-haired dog who went missing a few days ago in Cedar Grove. The house is close to the Montclair border so there’s a chance he may turn up in your area. Spike is 15 and can’t hear very well so please keep an eye out and try to help him get home.

If you find Spike, or think you’ve seen him, contact his family

Giveaway: Tinga Gift Certificate For Cinco de Mayo!

BY  |  Saturday, Apr 30, 2011 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (18)

WINNERS: Congratulations to Tinga in Montclair winner, madisonpark! and Tinga in Millburn winner, heather75nyc!

Thursday, May 5,  is Cinco de Mayo, one of my favorite celebrations. Margaritas and Mexican food are favorites of mine. To help you celebrate this festive holiday, we’re giving away two $40 gift certificates to Tinga Taqueria: one for the Montclair restaurant and the other for the Millburn restaurant.

Owner David, tells us they’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo from May 1- May 5 with prizes specials and giveaways. They are also offering 10% off catering orders of $100 or more, in case you want to bring the party home.

To enter for a chance to win a $40 gift certificate to Tinga, keep reading….

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Postcard from London: Hyde Park

BY  |  Saturday, Apr 30, 2011 11:49am  |  COMMENTS (5)

For those who wanted the quintessential Royal Wedding experience, there were two choices: the parade route (which required camping out or showing up in the middle of the night) or seeing it on big screens at Hyde Park. I chose Hyde Park and wasn’t disappointed. It had everything good about crowds, and none of the bad, plus a ferris wheel. And the dress-up party in red, white and blue made it feel like Halloween crossed with Fourth of July.

Review: Little Shop of Horrors

BY  |  Saturday, Apr 30, 2011 11:00am

Brianne Kennedy and Dash Katz

Let me start of by saying that it’s my last year as a student at Montclair High School. Actually, it’s my last two weeks. I leave to do an on-site internship sponsored by Temple Ner Tamid and I’m going to be working with Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans.

This being the case, I saw SVPA’s Little Shop of Horrors with a different perspective than other members of the audience.

Before curtain call I was struggling coming to grips with the fact that this would be the last show I would ever see as a student here. I was pondering all that I had done in the past four years and was curious about different roads my life could have taken. But that all changed in the first couple seconds of the show. By the first chorus of the first song I was already in a completely different world and totally out of my head. This production grabbed me with its energetic performances, stellar songs and gorgeous set pieces. It consumed me in a way that only a giant man-eating plant could.

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Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, May 1

BY  |  Saturday, Apr 30, 2011 10:00am

With Passover and Easter over and good weather beckoning, area homeowners – over 200 of them – are beginning the month of May optimistically. Deals are as plentiful as ever.

59 Stewart Pl., South Orange
List Price: $429,900
Taxes: $12,871
Lot Size: 0.15 Acres

This 11-room Colonial, built in 1970 and renovated in 2005, has numerous attributes, including large windows, high ceilings, an enclosed porch, central air, a wood burning fireplace in the living room and an updated kitchen. There is a partially-finished full basement and two-car attached garage as well. Open house 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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Montclair Doctor Indicted In Oxycodone Ring

BY  |  Saturday, Apr 30, 2011 9:09am

Dr. Michael Durante, 56, of Montclair, was one of a dozen people indicted by a grand jury in Newark this week on charges of conspiring to distribute prescription painkiller oxycodone, reports ABC News. Durante practiced in Nutley; the ring is charged with selling pills on the street, bring in as much as $315,000 a month.

Durante was charged along with Andre Domando, 46, of Nutley; Lawrence J. Gebo, 62, Tristen M. Ambrosino, 27, and Daniel J. Lally, 28, of Belleville; Matin P. Rinaldi, 63, and Marianna Colucci, 56, of Bloomfield; Michael P. Scherer, 51, of Montclair; Melvin Fernandez, 27, Gregory Gavini, 33, and Brian J. Renkart, 39, of Harrison; and Michael J. Corrao, 22, of Allendale.

Gebo, a retired Newark police officer, is charged with swapping pills for gold Fraternal Order of Police cards.

Montclair School Aides Deal With The BoE

BY  |  Saturday, Apr 30, 2011 8:15am  |  COMMENTS (1)

After months of a tough budget process, Montclair School aides and the MEA have accepted a deal from the BoE, which will save them from being outsourced. It is not without some sacrifices however, health benefits being the largest loss. School Board Vice President Leslie Larson says,”While the board’s decision to outsource the aides was a difficult one, we are pleased that we were able to reach a compromise position with the MEA which achieves the savings needed in the budget but also lessens the impact of this decision with the individual employees.”
Larson went on to explain:

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Name that Royal Cocktail

BY  |  Friday, Apr 29, 2011 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (36)

Fancy a cocktail to get you dancing on the ceiling like Fred Astaire?  Feeling a bit knackered from all of this wedding hub bub? If you are staying in and not  “on the p*ss” this weekend here is a brilliant  British inspired cocktail to pour in your gob. Warning: these are absolutely smashing. One, will have you pleased as punch. Two, you will feel completely mental. Three, you will be barking mad and after four you’ll be pulling a tactical chunder in the hedge or as I like to call it a “T.C”.

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Take a Veggication This Weekend

Friday, Apr 29, 2011 3:00pm

On Saturday, April 30 from 12 – 3 pm, the South Mountain YMCA will host its 20th annual Healthy Kids Day. Children and families can enjoy games and sports, a bounce house, a family obstacle course, healthy snacks and more. Spiderman will make several appearances throughout the day.             

As part of the event, Lisa Suriano, founder of the Veggiecation Program will present a kid-friendly, interactive cooking demonstration. Kids will help prepare Teriyaki Snap Peas and Carrots, sample their creation, and vote on how they liked the recipe.

Recently, Barista Kids asked Suriano some questions about Veggiecation, a curriculum-based nutrition education program. The program, which is in classrooms in New Jersey, New York and several other states, teaches kids healthy eating habits and gets them to love their vegetables. 

What inspired you to start Veggiecation?
Growing up and now working in the school food industry I have a great understanding and appreciation for the challenges that food service directors face on a daily basis, particularly when it comes to enticing children to eat healthy foods. My passion for and education in nutrition science gave me the knowledge of how to create a program that was practical and effective.

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Montclair Police Blotter: Armed Robbery Arrest, Stolen Wine and Vodka

Friday, Apr 29, 2011 2:20pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

Armed Robbery Arrest
On 3/31/11 at approximately 11:10 PM, police responded to an apartment building on Elm Street on a report of a robbery. The victim, a twenty-three year old Montclair resident, stated that he was outside his building using his cell phone when he was approached by a male who demanded his money. The victim attempted to run into the building, but the suspect followed him into the building and forced the victim into a corner at the bottom of the staircase. The victim then displayed a large knife and again demanded that he victim give him his money. The victim attempted to defend himself and suffered a cut on his left hand from the knife.

The victim stated that he pushed past the suspect and ran out of the building into the complex’s courtyard, but was followed by the suspect. After a brief pursuit, the suspect abandoned the chase and was last seen by the victim running east bound on Elmwood Street.

The knife was described as having a black handle with a blade of approximately five inches in length. The victim reported that approximately $30 was taken from him by the suspect. The victim was transported to Mountainside Hospital for medical attention.
As a result of an ongoing investigation, police identified Kaili Richardson as the suspect in this incident. Richardson was taken into custody on 4/28/11 at approximately 4:50 PM from the Glen Ridge Police Department, who had arrested Richardson on that date. Richardson, 29, of Montclair, was charged with robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. Bail is set at $150,000 and Richardson is scheduled to be transported to the Essex County Jail.
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Sad. Let's hope that this is not its "Last Tango." One of the most beautiful and iconic buildings in town. Valentino, Garbo, Keaton must have played there.

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