Montclair Celebrates Two Grand Openings

BY  |  Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 5:34pm

Church Street abounded with activity today as two retail stores held Grand Opening celebrations.

Mayor Jerry Fried welcomed Cupcakes by Carousel to Montclair. Costumed characters gave away balloons as trays of cupcakes were passed among the crowd.  The atmosphere is  family- friendly and the cupcakes are delicious. You have to try the red velvet!

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Meet Yogi Berra and Ron Guidry

Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 3:03pm

Yogi Berra (credit: Kristi Cataffi)

Mark your calendars and meet Montclair’s favorite resident, Yogi Berra this Wednesday, April 4, (6-7:30 p.m.) along with Ron Guidry at a book signing for Harvey Araton’s new book “Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra and Ron Guidry and Baseball’s Greatest Gift” at the Yogi Berra Museum.

Berra and Guidry will both sign copies of the book. To reserve a copy, call (973) 655-2378.

Also this month, on Wednesday, April 18, attend the “Damn Yankees” Discussion (7-8:30 p.m. ) — a panel discussion with author Jane Leavy (“The Last Boy”); Will Leitch (NY Magazine); and Dan Barry (NY Times) and other contributors to “Damn Yankees: Twenty-Four Major League Writers on the World’s Most Loved (and Hated) Team.” For more information, call (973) 655-6891.

West Orange Kids on AC360 Special Report: Kids on Race, The Hidden Picture

BY  |  Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 2:01pm

Earlier this year, first grade students at West Orange’s Mt. Pleasant Elementary School were selected to participate in a series being filmed by CNN on race in America.

Anderson Cooper’s series titled AC360 Special Report: Kids on Race, The Hidden Picture, will air the week of April 2 at 8 and 10 pm.

The CNN commissioned pilot, AC360 Special Report: Kids on Race, The Hidden Picture, study builds on the original Doll Test’s historic research done in the 1940s that examined how African -American children interpret race, discrimination and stigma.

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The Sisterhood of Joni Mitchell

BY  |  Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 12:49pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

For people of a certain age and gender (aka female Baby Boomers), hearing Joni Mitchell’s songs re-interpreted is a little like being a holy believer and reading a new version of the bible. Like prayers, the lyrics, wisdom and raw emotions found in Mitchell’s fourth album, Blue (1971), have long been personal mantras for many in that category. And so, for the mostly die-hard vintage Joni crowd at Friday night’s Outpost in the Burbs concert, “Joni Mitchell’s Blue: A 40th Anniversary Celebration,” the consensus was that it took some focus to release the preconceived notion of what the performers — an eclectic sisterhood called Chicks with Dip — should sound like. That said, once the crowd let go of looking for Joni’s exact inflections, particular range of notes and cadence, there was a silent collective appreciation for the fact that the group was expanding the Joni Mitchell canon. Continue Reading

Student Artwork From Montclair Schools Awarded

BY  |  Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 11:00am

Bradford Elementary School students

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. congratulates students from Bradford Elementary School and Glenfield Middle School in Montclair who participated in the Art Educators of New Jersey Student Art Exhibit at the Essex County Hall of Records on Tuesday, March 27. Students attending the ceremony were from Bradford: Arden Phillips, Alex Rougebec and Elysse Peebler. Also with the County Executive are New Jersey Art Educators Exhibit Chairwoman Marion Resciniti.

From Glenfield Middle School:

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Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, Apr. 1

BY  |  Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 10:31am

No foolin’ — the upper end of the market is clearly blooming for spring, with at least 19 properties over $1,000,000 showing, or about 25% of the properties open. There are a lot of new listings at various price points as well.

89 Ridgewood Ave., Glen Ridge
List Price: $1,085,000
Taxes: $27,063
Acreage: 0.43 Acres

Built in 1910 and renovated in 2002, this just-listed 16-room Craftsman Colonial has sumptuous woodwork throughout and many grand touches, notably high ceilings and three fireplaces. A large chef’s kitchen with custom cabinetry and granite countertops is another highlight. Central air and a wet bar are among the other amenities. There is a full, partially-finished basement and large two car detached garage. Outdoors, there is an oversize deck, patio and pool. Open house 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

37 Dodd St., Montclair
List Price: $399,000
Taxes: $14,177
Acreage: 0.23 Acres

Also a new offering, this seven-room Colonial has original woodwork dating to its 1915 construction. Other positives include: built-ins in the dining room; a fireplace in the sizable living room; a heated three-season porch; and a decently-sized stone patio. There is a breakfast bar and five burner stove in the kitchen. Lastly, there is a full basement and two car detached garage. Open house 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

The Special Connection: Autism Awareness Month

BY  |  Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 7:45am

According to the Autism Society, “Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause for autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today.” The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention issued an autism prevalence report this week showing that autism had risen to 1 in every 88 children in the United States and almost 1 in 54 boys.

Autism Speaks, the biggest autism science and advocacy organization in the world, marks its fifth annual celebration of World Autism Awareness Day on, Monday, April 2. This is a worldwide effort to raise awareness about a disorder which affects millions of individuals and families with a series of events and initiatives. Check out the event’s page on Facebook.

Many prominent buildings will highlight the day, too, by joining in Light It Up Blue, including the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall in NYC.

Right in Baristaville, people are raising awareness too:

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Millburn CSA Expands

Friday, Mar 30, 2012 3:30pm

For the first time in five years, the Millburn-Short Hills CSA (community supported agriculture) is opening membership to anyone who wants to participate. Previously, the CSA had to cap membership at 50 families because of space restrictions in the pick-up location. Now there is a new location at the Wells Fargo parking lot in Millburn at the corner of Essex and Spring Streets behind Bhakti Barn Yoga.

Every week, from mid-June through late-November, members will receive fresh organic vegetables grown at Starbrite Farms in Andover, NJ and/or organic fruit from Breezy Hill Orchard in Staatsburg, New York. Members can add fresh free range, antibiotic and hormone-free eggs and fresh pasta shares from Knoll Krest Farm in Clinton Corners, N.Y. One hundred percent Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Tapadero Ranch, from a small grove of hand-cultivated organically grown trees in the Central Coast of California, will be delivered on three separate days throughout the summer. (Note: Olive Oil can be purchased by anyone, even if they are not participating in vegetable and/or fruit shares.)

The deadline for a membership is April 1, 2012; share prices are $600 for vegetable, $276 for fruit, $92 for a dozen eggs per week and $97.75 for fresh homemade pasta each week. The Extra Virgin Olive Oil is $15 per 375 ml claret bottle.

“We have a long-term focus and commitment to bringing the best locally grown, sustainable, fruits and vegetables to the families who have become members,” said Melissa Goldberg, who runs the CSA.

For more information about the Millburn-Short Hills CSA or to sign up, visit  or email [email protected].


Photo by Sandra Mora via flickr

The Wellmont Responds

Friday, Mar 30, 2012 2:44pm  |  COMMENTS (16)

Update (5:28 p.m.): The management at Wellmont sent an update to their earlier statement:

Today, a very productive meeting was held with town officials including police, who agreed to meet on a monthly basis moving forward.

The management at Wellmont has issued a statement in response to the mayhem that took place outside its theater last night:

The management of the Wellmont Theatre is deeply disappointed with the events that took place in association with the Barstool Blackout Tour event on Thursday, March 29th. As with all shows at the Wellmont, the safety and well-being of our patrons is always the highest priority, which led to the joint decision by local police, Wellmont management and theatre security to shut down the show due to unruly patrons. At that time, there were 765 patrons inside the venue, and approximately 500 people outside the theatre, well within the Wellmont’s legal capacity of 2,000+.

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Mapping Health Insurance Coverage

BY  |  Friday, Mar 30, 2012 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (22)

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the groundbreaking national healthcare reform law signed by President Obama in 2010. Many provisions have already taken effect, including greater coverage for pre-existing conditions, insurance coverage until age 26 under parents’ plans, and free preventive care — including mammograms and colonoscopies. The most wide-reaching and controversial aspect, requiring most people to buy basic insurance, is set to become effective January 1, 2014.

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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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