Montclair’s Watchung School Principal Announces His Resignation

BY  |  Monday, Apr 30, 2012 7:20pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Dr. Turnamian at Blue Ribbon School award ceremony.

Dr. Peter Turnamian, principal of Montclair’s Watchung Elementary School, has announced he is leaving Montclair for an Assistant Superintendent position with the Newark Public Schools. Turnamian took on the position of Watchung principal in March 2010, after the resignation of Principal Marcus Rhaney.

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RIP Richard Bellman

BY  |  Monday, Apr 30, 2012 5:34pm

Richard F. Bellman, a lawyer who spent his career fighting racial discrimination in zoning and housing, passed away earlier this month, according to an obit that ran in the New York Times yesterday. Among Bellman’s early victories was a 1970 case in which he won $500 in damages for a black minister who was denied a rental in Montclair because of his race. According to the New York Times, “it was the first monetary award by a New Jersey court for mental suffering caused by racial discrimination.” Read the full obit here.

Montclair’s ACIEM Studio’s New Audio Offerings for Local Artists

BY  |  Monday, Apr 30, 2012 4:30pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Photo courtesy of Brian Brodeur

Do you think you are the next Aimee Mann, Christian McBride or James Taylor but need some help to showcase your sound to your future fans?

For the past six months, Brian Brodeur, owner of ACIEM Studios, has been expanding his video and media production business by acquiring recording equipment for a new recording studio/mixing room scheduled to officially open on June 1.  In the meantime, he’s invited local artists to test-drive his audio equipment.

“We’re paying the rent with the existing business we have—DVD/videos and some web stuff,” says Brodeur, who earned a music technology degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston and toured as a professional drummer.  “I don’t have to worry about keeping the lights on by charging someone a hundred bucks an hour.  So, it’s easy for us to say ‘Hey XYZ artist, come in; sit on the mike.  You don’t like it, we’re fine.’  We’re not out anything—maybe I’ll throw some money at my engineers.”

Along with his Neve 1081 Preamp/EQs, LaChapell 992EG Stereo preamp, Manley Massive Passive EQ, TG-2 Stereo preamp and Thermionic Culture Phoenix Master compressor, Brodeur’s 450 square-foot underground soundproof studio feature a Telefunken AR51 tube microphone (“An incredible sounding microphone in the style of Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra”) and “very natural-sounding” ProAc Studio 100 near-field speakers.

Photo courtesy of Brian Brodeur

He also has an Amek Angela analog console he acquired from friends who work at Dubway Studios, a New York City audio facility. “Consoles are becoming more and more rare in the music business.  A lot of people work ‘in the box’—in the computer system.  But we have a bit of a hybrid here, where we work with the latest and greatest computer stuff—ProTools and that equipment—but we’re also able to bring out the audio and still mix on a console.  Some would say I’m old-fashioned, but I’m an old-fashioned guy,” says Brodeur.

While his 7 North Mountain Avenue location (he moved to this site from a facility in his home about four years ago), will accommodate artists with no or smaller bands, his relationship with bass guitarist and producer Bill Laswell gives him access to Laswell’s private 2,500-plus square-foot West Orange recording studio (Frankie Valli’s old studio) for larger bands.

Brodeur, 42, who also plays the keyboards and bass, will share his engineering expertise with folks this fall when he will conduct a sound mixing class in his studio through the Adult School of Montclair and will dedicate two full nights to the Beatles (“I’m a giant Beatles fan.”)

The Montclair resident started working at recording facilities outside of Boston after he graduated from Berklee in 1991.  In 1997, he joined Digi-Rom, recording industry pioneer’s Harry Hirsch’s company, where he started one of New York City’s first DVD studios and helped double sales.

Realizing he had the “DNA” for running a small business, the technical skills to build a DVD/video production company and potentially more opportunity as his own boss, Brodeur struck out on his own and started New YorkDVD (based in New York City and now a subsidiary of ACIEM Studios), and worked on DVD projects for Frank Zappa, Grammy Award-winning bassist Victor Wooten, guitarist Mike Keneally, drummers Steve Gadd and Vinnie Colaiuta, Phish, and other artists.  In 2006, his team received the DVD Association’s Excellence in Music DVD Award for its work on drummer Neil Peart’s Anatomy of a Drum Solo DVD.

Brodeur and his ACIEM Studios team have also done DVD work for the Caucus Educational Corporation, McLaren Automotive, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Barnes & Noble, the United Nations, SONY and NBC/Universal.

With Penny Potenz Winship, ACIEM’s part-time community relations liaison-slash-business development person, who is also a theatre director and producer and jazz lover, Matt and Dave, his two full-time employees, and about $25,000 of audio equipment, Brodeur looks forward to connecting with members of the community and introducing them to his audio offerings.  “We do good work and that’s what speaks for us.”


Jim Pond: Local Businesses & the MFF

Monday, Apr 30, 2012 3:52pm

I am excited that Montclair is sponsoring a Film Festival.  It looks legit too.  I am surprised the local businesses have not seized the moment and embraced the Festival. Continue Reading

George Vecsey at Yogi Berra Tomorrow

BY  |  Monday, Apr 30, 2012 3:30pm

Yogi Berra Stadium, from Wikipedia.

New York Times sports columnist and best-selling author George Vecsey will be visiting the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center for a lunch talk tomorrow afternoon.

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Essex County Complete Streets Policy Adopted

Monday, Apr 30, 2012 3:10pm

The Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders unanimously voted to approve a “Complete Streets” resolution last week, sponsored by Fifth District Freeholder Brendan Gill. Essex and Morris are the first two N.J. counties to adopt “Complete Streets” as part of their road and safety policies.

Gill said, “Complete Streets is an important community policy initiative, and I’m glad it passed without delay.  Complete Streets is designed to improve safety for all roadway users: motor vehicles, mass transit, pedestrians – especially seniors and young children – and we’ve already seen successes where it’s been implemented.” He said this is part of Essex County’s new transportation “master plan.”

The goal of the legislation is to provide a framework for making the state’s roadways safer and more accessible to pedestrians, public transit users, senior citizens and cyclists while ensuring the safe and efficient flow of vehicles.

Mayor Jerry Fried views the renovation of South Park Street as part of the implementation of his “Complete Streets” vision.

Bread Co. Bon Voyage Party

Monday, Apr 30, 2012 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

There was a block party on Walnut Street yesterday to say farewell to Sally and Will Reinhardt of the Montclair Bread Company who are returning to Australia  after 19 years of business.

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Kids Paint For May in Montclair and the Montclair Film Festival

BY  |  Monday, Apr 30, 2012 1:56pm

On Saturday, April 28, kids in Montclair decorated storefront windows with beautiful artwork promoting the Montclair Film Festival which premieres tomorrow, May 1 and runs through Sunday, May 6. The event was sponsored by Montclair Film Festival, the Montclair Art Museum, Amanti Vino, South End Paint and Hardware, and Saunders Hardware. Business Association Partners Include: Montclair Center Business Improvement District, the South End Business Association, the Upper Montclair Business Association, and the Watchung Plaza Merchants Association.

The Gilmore Girls decorated Oritani Bank on Valley Road in the Upper Montclair Business district, and it looks great. Okay, I may be a little biased, they are my girls, but they really did a nice job. You’ll see all the other great works of art throughout Montclair. We’ve captured some, but there are so many more. Get out and see!

“Occupy Wall Street” Course at MSU

BY  |  Monday, Apr 30, 2012 12:15pm  |  COMMENTS (36)

OWS protestors at Zuccotti Park, courtesy of Gosia Smerdel, anthropology major at MSU

Occupy protestors may have left the quad at Montclair State University, but the spirit of the movement is alive and well in the Anthropology Department, which will be offering a course on Occupy Wall Street (OWS) next fall.

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Montclair Dads Ask Community To Sign a Petition Against Homophobia From The Boy Scouts

BY  |  Monday, Apr 30, 2012 11:30am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Montclair dads, Adam Lippin and Thad Hayes, have a son in Cub Scouts Troop 7. While they haven’t faced discrimination from their son’s Troop, they are asking that the community join with others to sign a petition started by Jennifer Tyrrel, a mom in Ohio who was recently removed from the volunteer position of Tiger Cub den leader of her son’s Boy Scout Troop. Jennifer says she “received notice that my membership had been revoked, based on my sexual orientation.” Jennifer is a lesbian.

This from Adam and Thad:

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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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