Pet Adoption to Take Place December 1 at Montclair Feed and Pet Supply

Friday, Nov 30, 2012 3:17pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

Montclair Feed and Pet Supply will host a Pet Adoption Day, Saturday, December 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The pets to be featured are from the Montclair Animal Shelter and volunteers from the shelter will be on hand to answer any questions.

Montclair Benefit Event to Aid Jersey Shore Recovery

BY  |  Friday, Nov 30, 2012 3:00pm

Montclair TV34 has joined forces with Montclair PBA Local 53, Parents Who Rock, Prudential New Jersey Properties and the many talented and generous local musicians to present Shore Aid – a live event to benefit the victims of super storm Sandy.

The Shore Aid benefit will be held Sunday, December 2, beginning at 12:00 noon in Montclair Municipal Chambers, 205 Claremont Avenue. It will feature music performances, special guests and an auction – all to be televised live on TV34 and streamed on the channel’s website,

Cash and check donations will be accepted at the event, which is open to the public. Tables will be set up to take credit card donations as well. All proceeds will go to benefit victims of Sandy in some of the state’s hardest hit shore towns: Seaside Heights; Normandy Beach; Ocean Beaches I, II, III; and Ortley Beach. Those who donate $250 or more will present their checks live on TV34 at the event.

Admission to Shore Aid performances is free, but event sponsors ask that attendees bring a new toy or a gift card to be donated to Operation Jersey Shore Santa – an organization created to bring the holidays to New Jersey families displaced by the storm.

Montclair’s own Alma Schneider of Parents Who Rock and Take Back the Kitchen is organizing the talent for the Shore Aid benefit. Numerous performers have offered to donate their time and talent to make Montclair’s Shore Aid benefit a huge success. The schedule of performances can be accessed here.

Giveaway: Hey Montclair, Get Ready To Dancy Dance! Yo Gabba Gabba LIVE! is Coming to The Wellmont

BY  |  Friday, Nov 30, 2012 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (28)

WINNER: Congratulations to roshaiman! Contest is now closed.

Are You Ready?…Yea? It’s time to dance and get the sillies out right here in Montclair!  Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: Get the Sillies Out! is coming to The Wellmont Theatre for two shows Sunday, February 10.

The sillies are crazy little creatures that live inside of us and need to be shaken out. DJ Lance Rock and everyone’s favorite cast of colorful characters are calling all fans across North America to get ready to jump, shake and shimmy them out at the new Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! Get the Sillies Out! tour.

Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! is a state-of-the-art production and an interactive experience that offers famlies of all ages the opportunity to witness their favorite characters come to life when DJ Lance Rock and fans say the magic words, “Yo Gabba Gabba!”.Hip-hop legend Biz Markie will join the cast on stage for Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: Get the Sillies Out! with Biz’s Beat of the Day. The show will also feature Super Music Friends and Dancey Dance guest performances. Past Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! guest performances have included Cold War Kids, Matt Costa, Moby, DMC (Run DMC), Shaggy, Snoop Dogg, Dave Grohl, Jon Heder, Talib Kweli, Mix Master Mike, Kid Sister, Jason Reitman, Zac Brown and the Drive By Truckers and more!

We gave away tickets to this show last summer when it played at the MSG. And we’re excited to offer a ticket giveaway again to all the Yo Gabba Gabba fans out there: one lucky reader will win 4 tickets to see Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!: Get the Sillies Out! at The Wellmont Theatre on Sunday, February 10 at 2 pm.

Keep reading to find out how to enter….

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Giveaway: Tickets to It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

BY  |  Friday, Nov 30, 2012 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Contest closed: we have our winners!

Midtown Direct Rep & SOPAC are giving away two pairs of tickets for their new holiday show, Joe Landry‘s It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Directed by MDR co-artistic director Jeremy Dobrish, the award-winning play is inspired by the classic holiday film and is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience.

The show will be performed by Midtown Direct Rep’s accomplished company members including Maplewood and South Orange Broadway pros, Michelle Federer (Smash, Wicked), David Hess (A Little Night Music, Sweeny Todd), and MDR Co-Artistic Director, Sandy Rustin (author of Rated P … for parenthood).

Midtown Direct Rep is a theatre company comprised of friends and neighbors from the South Orange/Maplewood area…who also happen to be among Broadway’s most talented professionals (SOMA has been called the place “where Broadway comes home to sleep”).

MDR is giving away two pairs of tickets, one for each of its Dec. 8 shows at 2pm and 8pm. The first two readers to send us an email ([email protected]) telling us the name of George Bailey’s youngest daughter in It’s a Wonderful Life will win (first winner gets choice of performance times). Good luck!


Weekend Highlights: Your Guide to Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, Nov 30, 2012 12:30pm

The first weekend in December is a BUSY weekend for families! We’ve told you about:

And yes, there’s even more.

See, it is a super busy weekend! And there’s even more!

Check our Upcoming Events to find out all the local happenings and details. Also, if you haven’t already, sign up for our newsletter 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 on Facebook, 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:

Head over to the Essex Environmental Center to make your own gingerbread house and then enter it in the annual contest! (Saturday, December 1)

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Judge Rules Bloomfield Can Condemn Train Station

BY  |  Friday, Nov 30, 2012 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (11)

An Essex County judge ruled yesterday that the Township of Bloomfield may condemn the Bloomfield train station under eminent domain.

Judge Patrica K. Costello determined that Bloomfield was entitled to condemn the train station for its stated purpose of providing  “safe and convenient public access to the NJ Transit platforms.”

The town had been trying to buy the property from Howard Haberman, a local developer and land owner. Haberman owns the concrete station and the tower portion of the train station and New Jersey Transit owns the tracks and platform.

Haberman had hoped to develop the property rather than sell it. In July, Haberman’s company,  Bloomfield Daval Corporation, received notice that the Township had initiated condemnation through eminent domain.

“After many years of making significant contributions to Bloomfield’s downtown, I am deeply disappointed that the Township of Bloomfield has chosen to condemn our company’s Block 220 train station property rather than work with us to develop a first class restaurant, retail and office complex consistent with my father’s vision,” Haberman said at the time.

His father, Allen R Haberman, a developer in Essex County, formed Daval in 1964 to acquire Bloomfield’s westbound train station. The station was built in 1912 and is on the National and State Historic Registers.

Glenn Domenick, Bloomfield’s Director of Community Development, told Bloomfield Patch in September that Howard Haberman had let the station fall into disrepair and “refuse[d] to negotiate in good faith.”

The town wants to renovate the station, which sits across from the empty site that will become Glenwood Village, the downtown redevelopment project that will include apartments, retail and restaurant space and a public parking garage.

The Special Connection: C Variations Music Workshop for Children on the Autism Spectrum at MPL

BY  |  Friday, Nov 30, 2012 11:00am

Does your family enjoy Broadway, Folk, Rock n’ Roll and Children’s music? Alex Kveton and Matt Mazur’s C Variations workshop leads children with autism through a program in which they will move, sing, and “C” variations between multiple instruments. C Variations incorporates rhythm intervention techniques that are helpful for body awareness and visual spatial development.

Parents, family members, or caregivers are encouraged to participate with their children in a positive, singular experience. Afterwards there will be a demonstration of instruments including guitars, a viola and an electric violin. Don’t miss this groundbreaking opportunity for families to connect!

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Holiday Gift Pick: The Sound of Music at Paper Mill Playhouse

BY  |  Friday, Nov 30, 2012 10:00am

Want to give a holiday gift to remember? The Sound of Music at Paper Mill Playhouse manages to stay true to the “favorite things” about this magical musical and yet, gives audiences something new to love, too.

From left to right: Chelsea Morgan Stock (Liesl von Trapp), Gracie Beardsley (Marta von Trapp), Elena Shaddow (Maria), Hunter A. Kovacs (Kurt von Trapp), Sean McManus (Friedrich von Trapp), Greta Clark (Gretl von Trapp), Maya Fortgang (Brigitta von Trapp) and Amanda Harris (Louisa von Trapp).

Much of what’s new comes from Maria. Sure, on the cover of the Paper Mill program, there is the familiar picture of the young Fraulein, with a backdrop of mountains, sporting a blonde hairstyle akin to Julie Andrews iconic pixie coif. Yet, when the curtain opens on the majestic Paper Mill stage, out comes a winsome, lithe, dark-haired Maria, played by Elena Shaddow (glad no one asked her to make her hair blond like poor Friedrich in the movie version).

It’s just not the hair that is different. Shaddow’s Maria has an energetic, youthful, impish quality with a hint of — dare we say it — defiance. The portrayal works well to connect her with the new generation of Sound of Music fans (like my approving 10-year-old-daughter). And any doubts you have about this Maria disappear when she opens her mouth to reveal an incredible voice. Shaddow brings big, bold, beautiful vocals rendered in a way that appears effortless. Climbing along a craggy mountain (the sets are spectacular, especially the opulent Von Trapp manse), Shaddow’s confident, joyful rendition of the title song is one that would have Andrews smiling. Continue Reading

Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts Presents the Annual SMAPA “FUN-RAISER”

BY  |  Friday, Nov 30, 2012 9:30am

For the sixth consecutive year Sharron Miller’s Academy For the Performing Arts (SMAPA) will host a holiday “Fun-Raiser” in support of its three scholarship funds:  The General Scholarship Fund supports deserving children who would not otherwise be able to afford training through partial tuition support; The Joyce Copeland Scholarship awards full tuition to a gifted and talented young student between the ages of 10 and 12 for all of their training for one year with a renewal option for the second year; and finally the Performance Workshop Ensemble (PWE) Scholarship Fund which is merit based and supports up to 15 gifted and talented young dancers between the ages of 12 and 18.

The “Fun-Raiser” not only gives attendees an opportunity to support our scholarship funds, but also gives everyone a chance to join in the fun by participating in free demo classes, bidding in our silent auction, or our raffle, but more importantly, attendees get to see the gifted and talented young people of the Performance Workshop Ensemble who will perform throughout the evening.

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Superstorms and Toxic Waste

BY  |  Friday, Nov 30, 2012 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (4)

When a superstorm meets a Superfund site you have the potential for a super toxic mess.

Which is why Sen. Frank Lautenberg announced legislation this week that would protect public health by providing emergency funding to contain pollution at Superfund sites following a natural disaster like Superstorm Sandy.

“Flooding and high winds like we saw during Superstorm Sandy can damage Superfund sites and unleash toxic pollution into our air, water and communities. As extreme weather becomes more common, we must take steps to make sure Superfund sites do not present an even greater risk to public health after a storm or disaster,” said Lautenberg, who is Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health.

The “Superfund Emergency Response Act of 2012” would also mandate that the EPA study the vulnerability of Superfund sites to extreme weather events and develop a plan to better protect these sites from natural disasters.

Lautenberg also released a letter to the administrator of EPA Region 2, which includes New Jersey, calling for an additional assessment of Superstorm Sandy’s impact on Superfund sites in the state.

New Jersey has the largest number of contaminated sites in the United States. The closest one to Baristaville, the Orange Valley Regional Ground Water site on the Orange/West Orange border, was added to the National Priorities List earlier this year after testing found that the public supply wells at the site contained several toxic chemicals, including PCE (tetrachloroethylene) and TCE (trichloroethylene).

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