A Purr-fect Yard Sale for A Purrfect World, June 2 and 3

Thursday, May 31, 2012 9:26pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

A Purrfect World Cat Sanctuary will hold its annual giant yard sale this weekend, June 2 and 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 60 Newark Avenue (corner of Baldwin Avenue), Bloomfield. The rain dates are Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10.

Last year, the sale featured 30 tables of merchandise, including clothing, bookcases, appliances, and assorted knick knacks.

A Purrfect World is a non-profit, 501 C3 organization dedicated to assisting the local shelters and communites in the care and education of stray and unwanted cats.

The Weekend: Open Mic, Music, Comedy, Art and Flowers

BY  |  Thursday, May 31, 2012 3:30pm

Start your weekend off by expressing yourself at Trend Coffee & Tea House’s Open Mic Night. You can share poetry, spoken word, short stories, music, comedy or just kick back, relax, and enjoy local talent. Anyone who performs gets a free coffee. Open Mic Nights happens every Thursday.

Trend’s Open Mic Night
Thursday, May 31 from 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Trend Coffee and Tea House, 411 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042

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Bloomfield Planning Board Approves Amended Redevelopment Plan

BY  |  Thursday, May 31, 2012 2:48pm  |  COMMENTS (11)

Chairman LaQuaglia hears testimony at last night's Planning Board meeting.

Last night the Bloomfield Planning Board unanimously approved an amended site plan and subdivision for the previously approved Bloomfield Center redevelopment at Lackawanna Place (also known as Block 228, Lot 1). The approved plan was modified from the original application to exclude additional retail/restaurant space.

The amended plan application originally submitted by Bloomfield Center Urban Renewal, LLC (the applicant) and the Bloomfield Parking Authority (the property owner) called for a reconfiguration of the apartments to include three-bedroom units (a total of 46 additional bedrooms) and an additional 20,000 square feet of space to be used for restaurants or retail establishments on a second floor mezzanine area.

At the beginning of the meeting, which was continued from May 8, the Planning Board’s traffic consultant, Joseph Staigar, P.E., testified that the additional 20,000 square feet of retail space would cause traffic problems at the intersection of Lackawanna Place, Conger Street and Glenwood Avenue. He stated that the additional trips generated, particularly if the space were occupied by restaurants, would cause backups as cars exited the garage at Lackawanna Place, or when cars made left turns from Conger Street onto Glenwood Avenue during peak traffic times. Staigar’s recommendation was to reduce the additional square feet of retail space by half to 10,000 square feet to mitigate the potential problems. Continue Reading

Bloomberg to NYC: No (Big) Soda for You!

Thursday, May 31, 2012 2:23pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

The Bloomberg administration plans to ban the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks in restaurants, fast-food chains, movie theaters, delis and sports arenas throughout New York City, according to an article in today’s New York Times.

The ban would apply to any sweetened drinks including sugared soft drinks (i.e. not diet), sweetened coffee or tea and fruit drinks with sugar, over 16 ounces.  Not affected are drinks with fewer than 25 calories per 8-ounce serving, such as vitamin waters and unsweetened iced teas. Continue Reading

Barista Kids Poll: First Sleepover–What’s the Right Age?

BY  |  Thursday, May 31, 2012 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (16)

When I was 11 years old, Kim Snelling and I played Truth or Dare during a sleepover. I remember three things about that night. First, I ate dog food. The wet kind. Second, Kim ran down our small street buck naked singing Tough Titties. (Do you know that song, or did we make it up?) Third, by 2 a.m., my mom came down the stairs and yelled, “Shut up and go to bed, or I’m getting out the fly swatter.”

We played Ouija Board after that. Quietly.

Now my 6-year-old twins are asking to have a sleepover with a neighbor friend. Sometimes the mom brings up the idea when we’re all at the pool. At those moments, I urgently have to pee or put on deodorant. When I return, I change the subject to 50 Shades of Gray or the weather.

I avoid the answer because it will be no. I say they can’t have sleepovers until they’re old enough to watch The Saw and not cry about it. But I’m in the minority. Every other mom I know has done or is doing sleepovers with their same-age kids. I’ve heard over nights are–get this–fun. Are they? Really?

What do you say? What’s the right age for your kid to spend the night with her friends?  (I’m not talking about Grandma here.) Take our poll on the next page. Tell us your sleepover rules in the comments. How well do you have to know the parents first? Do you worry about hormonal older siblings looking at your kid funny? Do you mind the part about not sleeping?

My main problem is that I believe in karma. When it comes to sleepovers, I’m very afraid I deserve what’s coming.

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MSU on the Higher Education Wish List

BY  |  Thursday, May 31, 2012 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

Montclair State University joined 44 public and private N.J. colleges and universities in compiling a $5.9 billion wish list to the state in an effort receive funding for programs, renovations and expansions. Continue Reading

An Education on Eco-Friendly Toys

BY  |  Thursday, May 31, 2012 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Tired of the plastic parts to cars, creatures, board games and Silly Bandz my nine year-old son has stockpiled, I started to think about eco-friendly toys.

While I had a hunch I knew what an eco-friendly toy was, I wondered if there was an industry-wide standard for this classification in order to better understand how my potential eco-friendly purchase might help the environment.

According to Kristen Morency and Adrienne Appell, representatives with the Toy Industry Association (TIA), a non-profit trade association representing over 550 North American toy manufacturers and importers, “there is no ‘official’ definition of eco-friendly toys at this time. However, our members who are producing ‘green’ products typically have implemented one of the following actions:”

  • They use materials that are recycled or are renewable under schemes such as the FCS (Forest Stewardship Council); and/or
  • They are producing in a factory that is currently using environmental energy sources; and/or
  • They are producing biopolymers

TIA representatives also mentioned that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has not yet completed the update of its Green Guides, which provides guidance on “how to help marketers avoid making unfair or deceptive environmental marketing claims.”

When I contacted the EPA to gather additional feedback on what an eco-friendly or “green” toy was, I was directed to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC).  A representative there asked me to email my request and someone would get back to me (nobody has yet.)

To get the local take on the subject, I contacted Montclair’s environmental affairs coordinator Gray Russell to see what he thought….

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Baristanet Caption Competition: Who Are These Guys?

Thursday, May 31, 2012 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (40)

The official caption on this press photo we received yesterday read like this:

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. officially opened the new Essex County Riverfront Park in Newark’s Ironbound neighborhood on Wednesday, May 30th. During the dedication, DiVincenzo presented Governor Chris Christie (center) with a picture of the park. With them is Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker. The land acquisition, design and development of Essex County Riverfront Park was completed in 25 months. The park is the fourth new county park created since 2007 and expands the county park system to 21 parks. (Photo by Glen Frieson)

But we felt that our readers could do a better job.  In the spirit of the New Yorker cartoon caption contest, we invite you to submit your own caption for this photo — the cleverer, the better.  Surprise us.

Destination: Maplewood

Thursday, May 31, 2012 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

When I moved to Maplewood in 1996, the downtown had a diner, a bagel place, several pizza joints, a Chinese place and two “fancy” restaurants, both now defunct.  Today, the village has become a foodie destination, attracting diners and gourmet shoppers from around the area (even from such far-flung locales as Montclair).  Here is a small sampling.

Arturo’s Osteria and Pizzeria, run by acclaimed self-taught chef Dan Richer and business partner Fred Shandler, is a hot table in town. In addition to the perfectly charred brick oven pizza (the crust is impeccable), Richer turns out superb homemade pastas – try the boar ragu or the cavatelli siciliani – excellent salads and small plates. His fresh baked bread is in itself worth the trip. Continue Reading

Ask Holly: Making Dinosaur Fossils and Eggs

BY  |  Thursday, May 31, 2012 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Last Friday my kids and I had an amazing time at Field Station:Dinosaurs. We were one of the lucky families to go on Press Day. Did we want the dino-tastic, dino-licous, dino-mite time to end? Heck no! Did we know what time it was? OOOHHH yeah—- it was  time to get our craftasaurus on and make our own fossils! The experience we had at the park just made us want to learn more and of course my kids being my kids wanted to know when we would be going on a archaeological dig. Who knew we could go on one over the weekend? Continue Reading

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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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