Geraldo Rivera For Senate?

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 5:35pm  |  COMMENTS (36)

Geraldo Rivera For Senate?Geraldo Rivera announced on his radio show today that he may run against Cory Booker or Frank Lautenberg for 2014 NJ senate race.

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State Gun Buyback Program Coming to Montclair

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 5:10pm  |  COMMENTS (19)

pistolToday state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa announced that Montclair will be among the five Essex County communities to participate in the next phase of the state’s gun buyback program. The other towns are East Orange, Irvington, Newark, and Orange. The Star Ledger reported from the press conference, where officials cited success with recently held buybacks in other Garden State cities. CBS News reports that the program will take place on February 15 and 16 at Union Baptist Church, 12-14 Midland Avenue, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Residents can bring in up to three firearms, and receive $250 each, no questions asked. More details are available at the website of the NJ Attorney General, and questions can be directed to the Attorney General’s Citizen Services unit, 609-984-5828.

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The Weekend: Carnaval, Blues, Pépin and More

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

carnavalWant to spice up the weekend? Then head to Rio for Carnaval, and you don’t have to go far. You can do that right in West Orange at Luna Stage.  The world premiere of Nikkole Salter’s Carnaval—a play that was inspired by the author’s discovery of the underground world of sex tourism and man-cations in Brazil. The play follows three young men from Brooklyn to Rio de Janeiro, and runs the gamut from hilarious to devastating, is not without controversy. “Some theaters opted not to produce the play because of the risqué nature of the subject matter and the use of explicit language,” says Salter. “Though the plot and the characters are fiction, the world of the play represents a truth. And sometimes the truth is explicit.” Jane Mandel, Artistic Director and Founder of Luna Stage, decided to produce the play because she felt it tells an important story that will get people thinking and talking. “You can read about these issues in the newspaper or hear about them on the radio, but the theater brings it all to life in a very visceral way. The play is emotionally affecting.”

Previews begin tonight,  January 31 at 7:30 pm.
Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ
Tickets range from $25 to $35 and can be purchased in person, on the phone at 973.395.5551, or on the Luna Stage website

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Vintage Valentine Postcards: Vestiges of a Vanished World

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

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Time to stop worrying about not keeping up any of your New Year’s Resolutions because tomorrow is February 1 and you know that that means — time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day.

Want some help getting in the mood? Drop in at Makeready Gallery and step back to a time when folks sent their beloved a fancy postcard for Valentine’s Day, bedecked with cupids, cherubs, flowers, hearts and other iconic images of love.

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Gallery owner Maureen O’Brien collects early 20th century Valentine postcards, and for 2013 she’s matted and framed 100 of the more unique pieces, mostly from the years between 1906 to 1926. The postcards have been carefully placed in 8 by 10 inch double matte, and are on sale for $20 each. To preserve the archival nature of the items, in some cases the matte backs are hinged to reveal the century-old messages inscribed on the back.

The matted cards make a clever, one-of-a-kind Valentine greeting or gift. With just about everyone whipped into a Downton Abbey-inspired nostalgia for the early 1900s, what could be lovelier than a dainty, gold embossed postcard complete with ladies in long dresses, their hair upswept, a castle in the background? Continue Reading

The Montclair Fund For Excellence in Education (MFEE) Awards $168,000 in Grants

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 1:00pm

Montclair High School Math Teacher, Dana Rubin and the MHS Math league.  Thanks to MFEE support for the Math League, MHS math teacher, dana Rubin is getting more students excited about math and interested in careers in the STEM fields. 80-90 students participate each month and their awards line the school halls.

Montclair High School Math Teacher, Dana Rubin and the MHS Math league. Thanks to MFEE support for the Math League, MHS math teacher, dana Rubin is getting more students excited about math and interested in careers in the STEM fields. 80-90 students participate each month and their awards line the school halls.


The Montclair Fund For Excellence in Education (MFEE) awarded  136 Educational Excellence grants to faculty and staff . Thus far this school year, 172 grants have been awarded for a total of $168,000.

The percentage of funds that go to each school are fairly proportional with enrollment numbers. MFEE Educational Excellence grants foster innovation and enhance curriculum.  The 2012-13 Educational Excellence Grant program is supported in part by the Zief Fund, The John Whitehead Fund/CFNJ, the McMullen Family Foundation and a grant from the Piorkowski family. Examples:  White House of the Future Architecture Grant awarded to Shalini Taneja at Mt. Hebron School; The Sky Really is the Limit awarded to Catherine Kondreck at Hillside School.

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Put Some Drama (or Music) in Your (Adult) Life

BY ,  |  Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 11:36am

Paper Mill Adult Acting Class

Who says kids and high school students get to have all the fun on stage? Not Paper Mill Playhouse. Famous for their top-quality youth drama and musical theater development programs, the Millburn landmark also has a slate of upcoming offerings for adults. Registration is now open for their Spring Mini Session.

For those who’ve never been under the footlights before (or at least not since elementary school), the Adult Acting class invites beginners to develop comfort in front of an audience via basic acting and communication skills in a fun and safe environment.

But if you have a hankering to find out if the stage is really the place for you, then the Senior Players Acting Workshop sounds like the right pick. The Workshop is an opportunity to explore and discuss all aspects of theatre performance and production. That group will also select a one-act play to analyze and work on in class, with an informal performance at the end of the session. Maplewood resident Ed Schiff, veteran actor, and director of 50 stage productions, teaches. Continue Reading

Kids These Days

Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (5)

veruca saltKids these days are a lot more coddled than when I was growing up. I say that at the risk of sounding like my parents and grandparents, something we as parents try to avoid one way or another despite its inevitability. As far as coddled children go, my daughter is no exception. We cheer her every success, no matter how insignificant. Whether she reads a sentence in a new book or writes her capital letters neatly, I’m right there saying, “Good job.” I’m giving her a high-five and telling her how proud I am of her.

I’m not sure why we do this. Why we applaud and reward the ordinary. Maybe it’s because our parents—my parents—were tough on us when all we wanted was the occasional pat on the back. It is with my and my wife’s over-abundance of pats on the back in mind that I read about a recent study that shows college-aged kids consider themselves more special than ever before. They have a record level of self worth. But with that feeling of accomplishment, even though they’ve accomplished very little if anything, comes a feeling of entitlement.

That’s because growing up, they got spoiled. They received trophies and ribbons for just showing up. They received over-stuffed goody bags for attending overly-elaborate birthday parties. They never learned how to lose. They rarely if ever felt what it’s like to work hard and still lose.

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At a Glance: Community Development Block Grant Applications

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 9:45am  |  COMMENTS (13)

Money Stacks

At their recent meeting, the Montclair Township Council voted to submit nine Community Development Block Grant applications. Here’s the chart showing, in descending priority order, which organizations/activities the grants would be used for, the specific program or way the monies would be utilized, and the exact amounts.

Do you see one here you care a lot about?

CDBG Chart

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Valentine’s Day Events To Enjoy With Your Family

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 9:00am

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February begins on Friday and it will be Valentine’s Day before you know it. Even though the holiday originated as a special day for the person you love, once you have children, it somehow becomes about them too. That’s okay though, those little ones steal your heart.

Here are ways for you to enjoy Valentine’s Day as a family:

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Some Good Commuting News for a Change

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 8:17am

Path trainDespite the wind and rain this morning, at least the Montclair-Boonton line train service was back on schedule, following yesterday’s train-truck collision in Little Falls.

In other welcome commuting news, direct PATH service was re-opened yesterday between Hoboken and the World Trade Center for the first time since Hurricane Sandy. Overnight PATH service between Newark and World Trade Center was also restored earlier in the week.

As if that isn’t enough good commuting news, the lobby waiting area at Hoboken station is now open again, providing at least warmth and shelter to cold, waiting riders – though it will be another couple of months until the classic wooden benches return, ticket counters open, and restrooms are once again available. Still, many train commuters are happy to at least have a place to wait out of the chill of concrete platforms, back inside under the historic carved ceiling and decorative windows.

And how is your commute so far today?

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