Montclair Woman Charged In Connection With Kidnapping, Murder of Jersey City Mom

Saturday, Jun 30, 2012 5:26pm

Four people were charged with kidnapping and murder of Regina Baker, a 29-year-old Jersey city mother of five, Essex County prosecutor Carolyn Murray and Newark Police director Samuel Demaio announced this week. Additionally, two other suspects were charged with kidnapping and conspiracy to commit a kidnapping. They are Dabia Younger, 19, of Newark and Francheska DePena, 30, of Montclair. Younger’s bail was set at $250,000. Bail for DePena was set at $300,000.

Those charged with murder are Omar Martin, 23, of Newark. Karon Adams, 23, of Irvington, Damon Zengotita, 36, of Hillside and Michelle Paden, 37, of Newark. All four were also charged with conspiracy to commit murder, felony murder, kidnapping, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and weapons offenses. Bail for all four of the defendants charged with murder was set at $1 million.

According to the office of county prosecutor, on June 19, Baker’s body was found inside a vacant townhouse on South 15th Street in Newark. She died from multiple gun shot wounds. She was killed shortly after being abducted in Jersey City and brought to Newark.

Montclair Pre-K Says Goodbye to Mrs. Eaves

BY  |  Saturday, Jun 30, 2012 2:00pm

In June the Montclair Community Pre-K marked the retirement of Marilyn Eaves, Mentor Teacher; one of the very first teachers hired when the MCPK opened its doors in 1998. After 33 years of teaching pre-school Mrs. Eaves will now embark on a new part of her life as a retiree; but she promises to stay in touch and visit often. Marilyn was a remarkable teacher who brought stability, love and learning to all of her students. She was instrumental in creating the inclusion education opportunities for children with disabilities that is now a part of the entire school. Montclair children and families owe a debt of gratitude to Mrs. Eaves and she will be sorely missed in the Fall!d in the Fall!

Dora the Explorer The Badass

BY  |  Saturday, Jun 30, 2012 1:42pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Can you say guns, explosions and bad guys? Dora the Explorer can in is this hysterical sketch by In it, Dora is a mix of Jack Bauer from 24 and her sweet, Latina self, complete with her bob and backpack. 

Diego is hot, Map is an overweight middle-aged man and Dora is a badass.

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It’s Hot, You’re Hot, What To Do?

BY  |  Saturday, Jun 30, 2012 11:39am  |  COMMENTS (8)

Wondering how you’ll get through another 90-plus degree day? Some ideas…

Go topless in NYC. Heat makes folks go to extremes, like this topless gal snapped walking in Greenwich Village this week by reader Roman Greller. She does it a lot, to raise awareness about a woman’s legal right since 1992 to bare breasts. Don’t try this in Jersey — for legal topless, head to Gunnison Beach.

Cool your pits. Drive in your air-conditioned vehicle to the Montclair Farmer’s Market where until noon, Alma Schneider will give out samples and teach you how to make her homemade natural deodorant (if you miss her, here’s the recipe). While you’re there, grab a nice cold pickle on a stick (you know you want one).

Exercise. No, we don’t want you passing out, but you can get fit and enjoy an hour of air conditioning at your local gym. I did 3sixty Cycling & Fitness (great class today with Suzanne Farkas, subbing for spinmaster Bernie).

Make yourself a stiff one. Whip up a batch of any of Holly’s Name That Cocktails and drink up Johnny. Then break out the Slip n’ Slide and invite us over.

Go to a fro-yo place or nail salon. We guarantee there’s one near you that’s open or opening soon. Or combine the two and eat fro-yo while getting a pedicure. Bring some ice to throw in your foot bath.

What you are doing to stay cool?

Tips For a Sensory-Friendly Fourth of July

Saturday, Jun 30, 2012 11:00am

With crowds, BBQs and fireworks, the Fourth of July can be overwhelming for some children on the autism spectrum. The Autism Society asked Cathy Pratt, Ph.D., BCBA, of the Autism Society Panel of Professional Advisors, for her tips for how to have an enjoyable and comfortable 4th if July for all. Get her tips, such as preparing children with stories or visuals about what to expect at a fireworks show, over at

Baristaville Open Houses: Sunday, July 1

BY  |  Saturday, Jun 30, 2012 8:22am  |  COMMENTS (1)

The temperature is up, but open house activity has cooled, largely as a result of the upcoming July 4 holiday and ensuing confusion about just when the weekend celebration falls. About 64 properties are showing in all, ranging from a townhouse for $88,000 (44-A Meadowbrook Pl., Maplewood) to a newly listed $2,395,000, 16-room Colonial with six bedrooms and 7.2 bathrooms (30 West Rd., Millburn).

18 Heller Dr., Montclair
List Price: $1,750,000
Taxes: $42,159
Acreage: 1.17 Acres

Situated on over an acre, this 10-room Contemporary/ Expanded Ranch, a new listing, is certainly not lacking. Among the amenities: a first floor master suite with a clerestory window, a modern kitchen, new bathrooms, a heated three-car garage, two fireplaces, hardwood floors, central air and a “secret” garden. There is also a heated salt water pool, spacious deck and expansive backyard. The house was built in 1953 and renovated in 2007. Open house 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Continue Reading

Artful Learning Gifted & Talented Open House

BY  |  Saturday, Jun 30, 2012 8:00am

Eyleen Faust, founder of Artsy Smartsy, which uses art to teach a variety of subjects, has led after school enrichment classes and worked with Montclair State University’s highly respected Gifted & Talented Program where she taught hundreds of kids from the tri-state area. Now she has opened her own Gifted & Talented program for children in kindergarten though 8th grade. Located in Boonton, just about 20 minutes out of Baristaville, the program, called Artful Learning, will have an Open House this Sunday, July 1.

At the Gifted & Talented Open House, families can preview the fall 2012 courses, meet the teachers, try free mini-classes and hear special guest speaker Dr. Susan Paynter, who will speak about the emotional and social needs of gifted children. If Dr. Paynter’s name sounds familiar, it’s because she’s the former director of Montclair State University’s Gifted and Talented Program and a 30-year veteran of gifted education.

How do you tell if your child is gifted? Read our article, The ABC’s of Gifted Children, which we wrote a couple of years ago.

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Lauryn Hill Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

BY  |  Friday, Jun 29, 2012 3:48pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Grammy winner Lauryn Hill pleaded guilty to tax evasion in federal court today. Hill, who rose to stardom as the lead singer for the hip-hop group, the Fugees, is a native of South Orange, and graduated from Columbia High School in 1993.

By pleading guilty, Hill took responsibility for failing to file three years of taxes on income of $1.8 million, reported the Star-Ledger.

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More ‘Que in Baristaville

BY  |  Friday, Jun 29, 2012 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

A new barbeque joint is coming to town. Southern Belle’s Smokehouse in Bloomfield will have a grand ribbon cutting opening this Sunday, July 1 at 10am. Bloomfield Mayor Raymond J. McCarthy will take part in the festivities for the new restaurant, which is owned by Christopher and Sheena Basdeo.

Southern Belle’s Smokehouse joins restaurants like Indigo Kitchen in Montclair and SuzyQue’s in West Orange in bringing a taste of the south to Northern New Jersey.  Included on the menu: all kinds of smoked meats, cornbread, slaw, curly fries, mac ‘n cheese, sweet potatoes, red velvet cake and much more.

Southern Belle’s Smokehouse, not to be confused with Montclair’s Southern Belle, which closed earlier this year, is located at 61 Washington Street. Look for our review in the coming weeks.

Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, Jun 29, 2012 2:12pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

This weekend is a bit quiet. Not much going on, but that’s because the festivities happen on Wednesday for Independence Day. A few start this weekend so make sure to check out guide to celebrating the 4thTonight starts the fun with The Montclair Film Festival Grease Sing-a-long at Presby Iris Gardens will dancing and singing to Grease Lighting!

Check our Upcoming Events to find out all the local happenings and details. Also, if you haven’t already, sign up for ournewsletter to get some great deals and find out about more great events and subscribe to our daily newsletter so you don’t miss a thing on Barista Kids. While you’re at it, “like” us onFacebook, follow us on Twitter and check out our new Pinterest page. We post a lot of important information over there, so you don’t want to miss out.

Here are this weekend’s highlights:

Bile&Walk Montclair offers its “Learn To Ride: Kids” class. It’s the best way to ditch the training wheels. (Saturday, June 30)

Check out the New Jersey Jackals play against the Newark Bears at Riverfront Stadium in Newark. It’s a fun, family event. (Sunday, July 1)

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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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