Montclair’s Comfort Food Kitchen Starts Subscription Dinner Service

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 5:59pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

Suzanne Michaud, Owner/Executive Chef, Comfort Food Kitchen

Looking for a change of pace from Baristaville’s abundant Italian eateries and yogurt shops? The food and ambiance of Comfort Food Kitchen, Watchung Plaza’s latest lunch spot, will delight your taste buds and satisfy your soul.

Comfort Food Kitchen, a cozy, light-filled space located next to Watchung Booksellers, is more than a gourmet cafe and takeaway shop. Founder and Executive Chef, Suzanne Michaud is kicking off her subscription dinner service today. Order online by 8pm and you won’t have to worry about dinner tomorrow. Michaud will also teach cooking classes, bake her signature heirloom cookies (including her famous Florentine biscotti) and run her successful catering business from the new location.

Michaud is passionate about cooking with the freshest seasonal, organic and local ingredients possible. “I want to connect people to where the food is coming from,” says Michaud, a French Culinary Institute-trained chef. That commitment is evident in her many fragrant, mouth-watering dishes. Last week, my husband and I found seats at one of the two broad, wooden communal tables (there are a few tables outside as well) and tried several of Michaud’s healthy soups, salads and artisanal sandwiches, which are made fresh daily.

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Montclair Police Blotter: Burglaries, Thefts, Arrests, DWI and Numerous Incidents of Graffiti and Other Vandalism

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 3:05pm

Crime in Montclair this week included several thefts, burglaries, and arrests–including one for suspected DWI. There were also numerous incidents of graffiti and other vandalism.  Information provided by DLt. Angel Roman of the Montclair Police Department.


On July 20, 2012 at approx. 1134 hours, officers responded to a Central Avenue address on a report of theft.  The homeowner informed officers that three statues from her garden in the front of her home were stolen.  The thefts occurred sometime between the night of July 15th and the morning of July 16th.

On July 24th a Wayside Place resident also reported a 3 foot tall bronze statue stolen from the front yard.  The statue is of a boy holding a bat dressed in a baseball uniform and is valued at approx a $1,000.00.

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Gas Lamp Presents 13, The Musical

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 1:00pm

Why spend a fortune on a Broadway show when you can see an amazing production of 13, The Musical by Gas Lamp Academy of Performing Arts right here in Baristaville?  Treat your teens to a night out at the Glen Ridge High School black box theater and let the cast of 18 very talented young actors and actresses from all over Essex County share a classic coming-of-age story, as well as some sound advice for getting on with life.

13 is a musical tells the story of the life of 13-year-old Evan Goldman as he moves from New York City to Appleton, Indiana, and his dilemma when the move conflicts with the celebration of his Bar Mitzvah. It premiered in 2007 in Los Angeles and transferred to Broadway on September 16, 2008.

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NJ Transit Says To Expect Commuting Delays Tomorrow

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 12:01pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

NJ Transit is alerting commuters to prepare for possible travel delays tomorrow afternoon, Wed. August 1st, as nearly 100,000 Jewish men and women are expected to attend a celebration and reading of the Talmud, Judaism’s holist book. The event, Siyum HaShas (which means “completion of the Talmud”), will take place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Organizers are calling it the largest celebration of Jewish learning in centuries, according to

A concert on the Pier in Hoboken at the same time as the celebration can only make commuting even trickier.

From an NJ Transit release:

Large crowds expected @ SEC, NYPS, HOB & NPS due to event @ MetLife Stdm. on Wed. Aug. 1 from 4pm Customers should allow extra travel time for the pm commute.

Log onto, or follow NJ TRANSIT’s twitter feed at @nj_transit for more travel updates.


Edgemont Montessori School Announces Kindergarten Ice Cream Social

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 12:00pm

Montclair’s Edgemont Montessori School PTA invites incoming kindergartners and new students to an Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, September 4 from 4 pm – 5 pm. (Rain date is September 5)

Meet the principal, your teacher, other Edgemont families, and PTA members. Meet at the playground in the school’s backyard!

Ernest Williams, Jr. Pleads Not Guilty In Schiavetti Murder In Montclair (UPDATED)

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 11:08am  |  COMMENTS (10)

Update: Star Ledger is now reporting that two law enforcement sources are confirming the murder was a drug-related robbery.

Ernest Williams, Jr., 21, of Montclair, charged with the murder of Brian Schiavetti, pled not guilty this morning at an arraignment in Essex County Superior Court.

Williams came before Judge Peter J. Vasquez, who asked Williams if his lawyer, John McMahon, had reviewed the charges with him, if he understood the charges, and if his lawyer had reviewed his rights with him.

Williams, dressed in a pale blue dress shirt, answered “yes” to all of three questions.

Vasquez said the matter would go before a grand jury, and that bail was continued at $750,000.

Assistant Prosecutor Cheryl Cucinello said the case would probably go before the grand jury sometime in December.

A group of family and friends that included Williams’ brother were at the arraignment to support Williams. One friend who spoke to reporters described Williams as “kind and generous” and said he was raised by his mother alone. He added that there was a lot people didn’t know about both Williams and the victim, Brian Schiavetti. Williams’ brother declined to talk.

National Night Out 2012

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 10:00am

National Night Out is a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. For the past 29 years, towns and cities all over the country have participated in the event, which is designed to “heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.”

It’s also a fun, family event and  this year takes place on Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Here’s what your town has planned:

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Rumor Confirmed: Trader Joe’s Coming to Clifton

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (28)

Artist’s rendering courtesy of Jeffery Realty

No more driving to Milburn or Wayne to get your Trader Joe’s fix. If all goes as planned, by mid-October you’ll be able to hop on Route 3 and minutes later enjoy free samples of the latest T.J.’s chocolate confection.

Baristanet and many other northern New Jersey publications have been writing about the rumors for what seems like forever. Bill Farkas, Vice President of Jeffery Realty and the broker representing Gabrellian Associates, the owner of the new Trader Joe’s building in Clifton, has confirmed the rumor to Baristanet.

The popular grocery store will be located on the new construction site at 700 Route 3 West, between the Tick Tock Diner and Amazing Savings. You can also get there via the quieter back way, going nearly all the way east down Allwood Road.

Farkas says Ulta Cosmetics will share the space with Trader Joe’s. Three other tenants are expected to close a deal within weeks to move into the soon-to-be-renovated group of stores next door. One casualty of the upgrade is Marty’s Shoes, which will close in August, says Farkas.

Trader Joe’s is popular because it offers low prices for high quality products–mostly under their own store brand. But shoppers like me also dig the quirky shop for it’s friendly, Hawaiian shirt-wearing “crew” members, as they call their employees, and for its promise that all T. J.’s label products are free of artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, MSG, artificial trans fats, and genetically modified ingredients.

The only downside to the news? Farkas says the Clifton location won’t sell beer and wine.

Artist’s rendering courtesy of Jeffery Realty

Are you a Trader Joe’s newbie? I suggest you accompany a veteran on your first visit to the store, if possible. The dearth of familiar brands can be disconcerting. The next best thing would be to read The Best and Worst Products at Trader Joe’s, Vol. 1-4. You’ll find more than 275 reviews of the store’s items.
  • What’s your favorite Trader Joe’s  product?

A Day of Festivities at the Caldwell Farmers Market

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 8:00am

A full day of festivities for the entire family is planned for Friday, August 3, at the Caldwell Farmers’ Market.  From cooking demonstrations, a bicycle safety rodeo by the Caldwell Police Department, a Cooking for Kids program with Chef Robin, and a live musical performance by Travis Fischbach…all free and open to all members of the community.

Here’s the fun-filled schedule:

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Montclair Students Will Deliver 130,000 Signatures in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday

BY  |  Monday, Jul 30, 2012 6:26pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

We told you about Emma Axelrod, Elena Tsemberis and Sammi Siegel back in early June here. They created a petition, which they called “It’s Time for a Woman Moderator: Equality in the 2012 Presidential Debates!” The girls are heading to Washington D.C. tomorrow to deliver 130,000 signatures from their petition, which is calling upon the Commission on Presidential Debates to appoint a woman to moderate at least one of three debates in 2012 between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney. (The last time a woman moderated a presidential debate was 1992.)

The petition will be given directly to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Republican National Committee (RNC), urging both President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney to support their call. 

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